Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2023

Edvardas Narevicius

Edvardas Narevicius is one of the pioneers of ultra-low temperature chemistry. His experiments make it possible to observe novel quantum effects. He is invited to TU Dortmund University to reinforce the focus in experimental and theoretical quantum optics.

  • Nominating University: TU Dortmund University
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Atomic and molecular physics

During chemical reactions, the molecules involved move and can change their structure. Their behaviour, which obeys the rules of quantum mechanics, can be observed with an accuracy at ultra-low temperatures just above absolute zero, that is, at about -270 °C, that is not possible at higher temperatures. Molecules are trapped experimentally with strong magnetic fields and confined in order to observe and influence them individually. For example, their motion behaviour can be controlled, which significantly influences the speed and strength of a chemical reaction. Edvardas Narevicius has repeatedly produced path-breaking contributions to molecular physics and chemical dynamics at the lowest temperatures. His methods also enable him to observe and analyse previously undiscovered quantum effects. The theorist with a feel for core fundamentals is equally talented when it comes to technical issues. So, he designs innovative experiments, builds the necessary complex equipment himself and gains insights that open up new paths to controlling chemical reactions.
In Dortmund, his work will flow into the Cluster of Excellence, RESOLV, a collaboration amongst the three universities in the University Alliance Ruhr: Dortmund, Bochum and Duisburg-Essen.  As a Humboldt Professor, he is called upon to establish a hitherto missing link between the liquid and solid phases in physical chemistry with the help of atomic, molecular and optical physics.  This will expand the RESOLV Cluster of Excellence, which has been receiving funding since 2012, by an essential component and enhance its vanguard position on the world stage. In addition, collaboration is planned with TU Dortmund’s activities in the field of semiconductor spectroscopy.

Brief bio

Edvardas Narevicius emigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. After completing his doctorate at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, he spent a short period working in industry before deciding on a career in science. Having conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Austin, Texas, for three years, he relocated to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Initially an assistant and associate professor, he was appointed to a full professorship in 2020. He has received many awards, including an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2013 and an ERC Advanced Grant in 2020.