Work Group Prof. Dr. F. Temps

Prof. Temps' Biography

Personal Information:

Name: Friedrich E. E. Temps
Date, place of birth: 20 July 1955, Neustadt am Rübenberge
Office address: Institute of Physical Chemistry, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Olshausenstr. 40, D-24098 Kiel, Germany, Phone: +49-(0)431-880-7800, Mobile: +49-(0)160-9774-9001, Fax: +49-(0)431-880-7802, E-Mail:
Home address: Olendieksbarg 8, D-24113 Molfsee, Germany, Phone: +49-(0)431-659-7983, Fax: +49-(0)431-659-7985, E-Mail:



1983 Promotion to Dr. rer. nat., Georg-August-University, Göttingen
1979 - 1983 Ph. D. Thesis on "Investigations of Radical-Radical Reactions using an FIR-LMR-Spectrometer" in the group of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. H. Gg. Wagner, Max-Planck-Institute of Hydrodynamics, Göttingen
1979 Diploma in Chemistry, Georg-August-University, Göttingen
1978 - 1979 Diploma Thesis in Physical Chemistry, on "Investigations of Reactions of Hydroperoxyl Radicals using a Combined ESR-LMR Spectrometer", in the group of Prof. Dr. H. Gg. Wagner, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Georg-August-University, Göttingen
1974 - 1979 Studies of Chemistry, Georg-August-University, Göttingen
1973 Graduation (Abitur), Gymnasium Neustadt am Rübenberge


Scientific Career:

2015 Award of the Wilhelm Jost Memorial Lecture and Medal, Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie and Academy of Sciences, Göttingen
2007 - today Principal Investigator, Sonderforschungsbereich 677 "Function by Switching"
2006 - today Principal Investigator, Excellence Cluster "The Future Ocean"
2001 Nomination for Full Professor of Physical Chemistry (C4 level), Philipps-University Marburg
2000 Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Award, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
1999 Broida Award, 25th International Symposium on Free Radicals, Flagstaff, Arizona
1995 - today Professor (C4) and Director, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel
1994 Nomination for Full Professor of Physical Chemistry (C4 level) and Director at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
1994 Habilitation, Georg-August-University, Göttingen. Thesis title: "On the Dynamics of Highly Vibrationally Excited Molecules in  Single Vibration-Rotation Quantum States"
1993 - 1998 Principal Investigator, Sonderforschungsbereich 357 "Molecular Mechanisms of Unimolecular Reactions"
1990 - 1992 Principal Investigator, Sonderforschungsbereich 93 "Photochemistry with Lasers"
1987 - 1995 Scientific research associate, Max-Planck-Institute of Hydodynamics, Göttingen
1985 - 1986 Visiting scientist in the groups of Prof. Dr. James L. Kinsey and Prof. Dr. Robert W. Field, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
1985 Award of the Otto-Hahn-Medal of the Max-Planck-Society
1980 - 1985 Scientific staff member, Max-Planck-Institute of Hydodynamics, Göttingen


Research Interests:

  • Ultrafast photo-induced dynamics of DNA building blocks; 
  • Ultrafast dynamics of photochromic molecular switches and application systems; 
  • Femtosecond photoelectron imaging; 
  • Spectroscopy of vibrationally highly excited molecules, 
  • Intramolecular kinetics and quantum state-resolved unimolecular dissociation; 
  • Spectroscopy and dynamics of hydrogen-bonded molecular aggregates; 
  • Laser diagnostics of combustion processes; 
  • Photofragment velocity map imaging; 
  • Kinetics of radical-radical reactions;
  • Spectroscopy of free radicals; 
  • Collision-induced energy transfer and intersystem crossing.