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Research Group "Ionenphysik und Angewandte Physik, Univ. Innsbruck"
(Univ.Prof. Mag. Dr. Paul Scheier)

Head of the research group:
Last name:Scheier
First name(s):Paul
Title (leading):Univ.Prof. Mag. Dr.
Institution:University of Innsbruck
Organizational unit:Institut für Ionenphysik und Angewandte Physik
Street address:Technikerstraße 25
Postal code:6020
Assignments to Research Areas:
Research area(s):
  • Ion Physics
Assignments to Fields of Work According to the Austrian System of Science Areas:
Field(s) of work:
  • Applied physics (1203)
  • Ion physics (103013)
  • Spectroscopy (also: molecule -) (1248)
Data Acquisition:
Date of the data acquisition:31.05.2012
Data acquisition period:from: 2007   up to including: 2011
Research Group at the Time of the Data Acquisition:
Scientific group members:
19 Persons
Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Tilmann Märk
Ass.Prof. Dr. Stephan Denifl
Dr. Violaine Vizcaino
Dr. Julia Aysina
Mag. Bishu Agarwal
Mag. Peter Bartl
Florian Birkner
Matthias Daxner MSc
Mag. David Gschliesser
Carolina Guedes Matias MSc
Mag. Michaela Hager
Martina Harnisch
Mag. Alan Keim
Odin Mack
Johannes Postler MSc
Benjamin Puschnigg MSc
Stefan Ralser
Katrin Tanzer
Mag. Samuel Zöttl
Full-time equivalents:8.85
Percentage project-funded:60
Scientific Output in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
H-index of the group head:40
Number of publications:148
Five most important publications:
  1. S. Denifl, P. Sulzer, D. Huber, F. Zappa, M. Probst, T. D. Märk, P. Scheier, N. Injan, J. Limtrakul, R. Abouaf, H. Dunet, Influence of Functional Groups on the Site-Selective Dissociation of Adenine upon Low-Energy Electron Attachment. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 27/46 (2007) 5238-5241
  2. F. Zappa, S. Denifl, I. Mähr, A. Bacher, O. Echt, T. D. Märk, P. Scheier, Ultracold Water Cluster Anions. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 16/130 (2008) 5573-5578
  3. S. Denifl, F. Zappa, I. Mähr, F. Ferreira da Silva, A. Aleem, A. Mauracher, M. Probst, J. Urban, P. Mach, A. Bacher, O. Echt, T. D. Märk, P. Scheier, Ion-Molecule Reactions in Helium Nanodroplets Doped with C60 and Water Clusters. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 47/48 (2009) 8940-8943
  4. H. Schöbel, P. Bartl, C. Leidlmair, M. Daxner, S. Zöttl, S. Denifl, T.D. Märk, P. Scheier, D. Spångberg, A. Mauracher, and D.K. Bohme, Sequential Penning Ionization: Harvesting Energy with Ions. Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 (2010) 243402
  5. C. Leidlmair, Y. Wang, P. Bartl, H. Schöbel, S. Denifl, M. Probst, M. Alcamí, F. Martín, H. Zettergren, K. Hansen, O. Echt, and P. Scheier, Structures, Energetics, and Dynamics of Helium Adsorbed on Isolated Fullerene Ions. Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 (2012) 076101
  • P. Scheier: Anerkennungpreis der Landeshauptstadt Innsbruck für wissenschaftliche Forschung an der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, 2008
  • T.D. Märk: Mitglied der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, 2008
  • P. Sulzer: Wissenschaftspreis der Wirtschaftskammer Tirol, 2008
  • P. Sulzer: Award of Excellence des Bundesministeriums für Wissenschaft und Forschung, 2008
  • P. Scheier: Anerkennungpreis der Sparkasse Südtirols für wissenschaftliche Forschung an der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, 2009
  • T.D. Märk: Wolfgang Paul Lecture Award, DGMS, Konstanz, 2009
  • P. Sulzer: Wissenschaftspreis der Wirtschaftskammer Tirol, 2008
  • Zöttl, Samuel (2010) Lecture Award bei der Winterschule des europäischen Netzwerkprojekts ITS LEIF, Pralognan, Frankreich
  • Denifl, Stephan (2010) der einzige Posterpreis aus über 500 Postern "Doubly charged ions in doped helium froplets", 10th European Conference on Atoms, Molecules and Photons, Salamanca
  • H. Schöbel (2012) Promotio sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae
Five most important talks:
  1. P. Scheier, Invited lecture, 25th Miller Conference on Radiation Chemistry, Buxton, United Kingdom (2007)
  2. P. Scheier, Invited lecture, XIV International Symposium on Small Particles and Inorganic Clusters, ISSPIC 14, Valladolid, Spain (2008)
  3. P. Scheier, Invited lecture, Radiation Driven Processes In Physics, Chemistry And Biology, Gordon Research Conference, Waterville Valley, NH, USA (2008)
  4. P. Scheier, Invited lecture, Gaseous Ions, Gordon Research Conference, Galveston TX, USA (2009)
  5. P. Scheier, ECAMP 10, Salamanca Spain (2010)
Projects and Funding Granted in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
University funds:
  • Uni Infrastruktur IV, 2008:
    Mittel: 245 kEuro
Competitive projects:
  • EU:
    Investigation of phenomena of plasma-wall interaction
    Laufzeit: 2007 - 2012; Mittel: 390 kEuro
    Interatomarer Coulomb Zerfall durch Elektronenstoß
    Laufzeit : 2012-2015; Mittel: 210 kEuro
  • FWF:
    Elektronenanlagerung an dotierte (semi-)flüssige Cluster
    Laufzeit : 2012-2015; Mittel: 257 kEuro
  • FWF:
    Elektronenwechselwirkung mit nanometergroßen Biomolekülen
    Laufzeit : 2010-2013; Mittel: 263 kEuro
  • FWF
    Kationenerzeugung in dotierten He Tröpfchen durch Elektronen
    Laufzeit : 2011-2014; Mittel: 276 kEuro
  • FWF:
    Positionssensitive dissoziative Elektronenanlagerung
    Laufzeit: 2007 - 2010; Mittel: 315 kEuro
  • FFG:
    Online Sprengstoffdetektion über Zerfallsprozesse von Anionen
    Laufzeit: 2007 - 2009; Mittel: 173 kEuro
  • FWF Translational:
    Radiation damage of structurally defined, ultra-cold targets
    Laufzeit: 2009 - 2011; Mittel: 224 kEuro
  • FWF Lise-Meitner:
    Role of the solvent in electron attachment to biomolecules
    Laufzeit: 2010 - 2011; Mittel: 112 kEuro
  • COST Action CM0805:
    The Chemical Cosmos
    Laufzeit: 2010 - 2013; mehrere Partner
  • COST Action CM0601:
    Laufzeit: 2007 - 2011; mehrere Partner
  • COST Action P21:
    Physics of Droplets
    Laufzeit: 2007 - 2011; mehrere Partner
  • COST Action MP1002:
    Nanoscale insights into Ion Beam Cancer Therapy (Nano-IBCT)
    Laufzeit: 2011 - 2014; mehrere Partner
Funded awards:
  • APART:
    Electron and photon irradiation of molecules relevant for astrobiology: chemical reactions in a cold environment
    Laufzeit: 2008 - 2011; Mittel: 165 kEuro
Research Topics:
Current research topics:
  • Massenspektrometrie
  • Clusterphysik
  • Dotierte Heliumtröpfchen
  • Elektronenwechselwirkung mit Atomen, Molekülen und Clustern
Future topics (next 5 years):
  • Astrochemie und Astrobiologie im Labor
  • Optische Spektroskopie an kalten ionischen Komplexen aus dotierten Heliumtröpfchen
  • Metallnanoteilchen mit molekularen Skeletten
  • dissoziative Elektronenanlagerung an Oligonukleotide und Polypeptide in der Gasphase und in definierten Wassertröpfchen
Teaching and Research Mobility in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
1 habilitation
  1. Dr. Stephan Denifl: Interaction of electrons with molecules: from isolated systems to clusters in helium droplets
Doctor's theses:
16 doctor's theses
  1. Philipp Sulzer: Dissociative Electron Attachment to Explosives and Biomolecules. February 2008
  2. Mikhail Gutkin: The Measurement of Electron-Impact-Ionization Cross Sections of Silicon Tetrachloriche Using an Improved Frost-Beam Apparatur. July 2008
  3. Christian Lindinger: Applications and devlopments of analytical methods like PTR-MS, GC-TOFMS, GC-O, SA, and their combinations in industrial food research. August 2008
  4. Andreas Mauracher: Theoretical and experimental investigations of electron attachment to biomolecules. March 2009
  5. Nikolaus Endstrasser: Electron and Surface induced dissociative Process. July 2009
  6. Elahe Alizadeh: Investigation of the stabilit of Negatively charged biomolecules. August 2009
  7. Stefan Jaksch: Electron induced modification of nanoparticle-films and adsorbed molecule-films. September 2009
  8. Filipe Ribeiro Ferreira da Silva: Electron Driven Reactions in Complexes Embedded in Superfluid Helium Droplets. October 2009
  9. Bilal Rasul: Ion Surface Callisions for the investigation of fusion relevant materials. November 2009
  10. Masoomeh Mahmoodi-Darian: Temperature Effects for Dissociative Electron Attachment to Halohydrocarbons. April 2010
  11. Muhammad Abid Aleem: Formation and Stability of Argon Cluster ions and negatively charged aromatic and biomolecular compounds. June 2010
  12. Achim Edtbauer: Site selective bond cleavage through electron attachment to molecules. June 2010
  13. Erna Schuhfried, Doctoral Thesis: Investigating Partitioning Phenomena with Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometry and Theoretical Methods, June 2011
  14. Harald Schöbel, Doctoral Thesis: Ion Formation in Doped Helium Nano-Droplets. February 2011
  15. Christian Leidlmair, Doctoral Thesis: Electron driven reactions in ultracold Fullerene complexes, December 2011
  16. Lukas An der Lan, Doctoral Thesis: Submersion of Alkali Clusters in Helium Nano Droplets, February 2012
Diploma and master theses:
15 theses
  1. Nikolaus Endstraßer, 2007
  2. Radula Stijepovic, 2009
  3. Ivo Annen, 2009
  4. Michaela Hager, 2009
  5. Christian Kahler, 2009
  6. Emanuel Reichsöllner, 2009
  7. Peter Bartl, 2009
  8. Bernhard Rittenschober, 2009
  9. Christian Mitterdorfer, 2009
  10. Alan Keim, 2009
  11. Markus Laner, 2010
  12. Samuel Zöttl, Diploma Thesis: Dissoziative Elektronenanlagerung an Sprengstoffen. September 2010
  13. Matthias Daxner, Master Thesis: Entwicklung und Konstruktion eines hochauflösenden Flugzeitmusenspektrometer, February 2011
  14. Roland Jochum, Master Thesis: Ionisierungseigenschaften von Natrium und Lanthan in Heliumtröpfchen, May 2011
  15. Benjamin Puschnigg, Master Thesis, June 2011
International networking:
  • S. Ptasinska (outgoing): University of Sherbrooke, Kanada (2006-2007), jetzt Radiation Research Laboratory Notre Dame, USA
  • L. Feketeova (outgoing): University of Melbourne, Australien (2008-2010)
  • F. Ribeiro da Silva (outgoing): Universite Paris 7, Frankreich (2009-2010); Jetzt New Univ. Lisbon, Portugal
  • F. Zappa (incoming): Rio de Janeiro, Brasilien (2006-2008)
  • V. Vizcaino (incoming): Canberra, Australien (2009-2011)
  • O. Echt (incoming): Durham, NH, USA: sabbatical (2009) und Translational Brainpower 2010
  • J. Aysina (incoming): University Trento, Italy (2012 - )
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