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Zinth, Wolfgang, Prof. Dr.

Wolfgang Zinth

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)

Fakultät für Physik
Lehrstuhl für BioMolekulare Optik
Oettingenstr. 67

80538 Munich, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)89 2180-9201
Fax: +49 (0)89 2180-9202

MAP research areas:

B.2 Molecular processes


1985 Venia Legendi (Habilitation) Fakultät für Physik, Technische Universität München

1979 Dr. rer. nat., Technische Universität München

1976 Diplom (Physics), Technische Universität München

1970 - 1976 Studies of Physics, Technische Universität München

Academic career:

1999 - 2003 Studiendekan der Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

1998 Offer of a C4 professor position at the Universität Stuttgart (not accepted)

1991 Professor (Ordinarius, C4) Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

1989 Offer of a director position at the “Max-Planck-Institut für Ernährungsphysiologie”, Dortmund (not accepted)

1987 - 1991 Professor (C3) Technische Universität München, Physik-Department

1980 - 1987 Teaching assistant (senior instructor) at Technische Universität München Physik-Department

1977 - 1980 Phd student and Postdoc at Technische Universität München


TRVS Award, International Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy, 2013

Member, Bavarian Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2012

Research expertise and fields:

Main fields:

UV-Radiation damage; Biophysics; structural dynamics of biomolecules, protein folding, electron transfer beyond conventional theory, time resolved investigation of the primary energy conversion in photosynthesis (reaction centres, retinal proteins)

Other fields:

Physics of condensed matter, time resolved coherent-Raman-spectroscopy, ultrafast processes in polyatomic molecules: femtosecond chemistry and biology

Current interests:

Ultrafast structural dynamics, applications of different quantum optical techniques, development of techniques of ultrafast spectroscopy (vis, IR, x-ray)

Primary energy conversion in photosynthesis

Protein folding


Selected publications:

Dominik B. Bucher et al., Charge separation and charge delocalization identified in long-living states of photoexcited DNA, PNAS111, 12 (2014) published online

M. Dittmann et al., Photostabilität von 4,4’-Dihydroxythioindigo: ein Mimetikum des Indigo
Angew. Chem. 126, 602 –605 (2014), sowie Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, 591 –594 (2014)

F.J. Lederer et al., Excimer formation in 9,10-dichloroanthracene – Solutions and crystals.
Chem. Phys. 21, 82-89 (2014)

S. Draxler et al., Ring-opening reaction of a trifluorinated indolylfulgide: mode-specific
photochemistry after pre-excitation, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11, 5019 (2009)

B .P. Fingerhut et al., Design criteria for optimal photosynthetic energy conversion, Chem.
Phys. Lett. 466, 209 (2008)

T. E. Schrader et al., Light triggered ß-hairpin folding and unfolding, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.
USA 104, 15729 (2007)

E. Ploetz et al., Femtosecond stimulated Raman microscopy, Appl. Phys. B 87, 389 (2007)

W. J. Schreier et al., Thymine dimerization in DNA is an ultrafast photoreaction, Science 315, 625 (2007)

M. Braun et al., Ultrafast changes of molecular crystal structure induced by dipole solvation, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 248301 (2007)

S. Spoerlein et al., Ultrafast spectroscopy reveals sub-nanosecond peptide conformational
dynamics and validates molecular dynamics simulation, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99, 7998

E. Riedle et al., Generation of 10 to 50fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the
NIR , Appl. Phys. B 71, 457 (2000)

W. Holzapfel et al., Initial electron transfer in the reaction center from Rhodobacter sphaeroides, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 87, 5168 (1990)

J. Dobler et al., Excited-state reaction dynamics of Bacteriorhodopsin studied by femtosecond spectroscopy, Chem. Phys. Lett. 144, 215 (1988)