Tuesday 26 April Julianna Palotás succesfully defended her thesis that is devoted to the laboratory aspects of astrochemistry. She succeeded in recording the first laboratory infrared spectrum of protonated fullerenes C60H+ and C70H+.She also demonstrates that the infrared spectra of ionized fullerenes are significantly distinct from the fingerprints of (ionized) polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Her research offers new insights in the composition of the interstellar medium and provides starting points for further research.
Monday 11 April, Sjors Bakels successfully defended his PhD thesis. Using the intense, tunable infrared laser light from HFML-FELIX, Bakels was able to take the understanding of the mechanism underlying peptide aggregation a step further.
A major challenge in epilepsy research is the identification of diagnostic biomarkers. N-acyliminium ions (NAIs) are useful intermediates for the synthesis of nitrogen containing chemical compounds such as alkaloids and amino acids. The characterization of NAIs is crucial to predict how exactly they react with other molecules. Researchers we able to characterize NAIs using infrared ion spectroscopy (IRIS).
One of our guest researchers made it to the cover of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Sven Heiles made this insightful image on his research on lipid ion structures and lipid fragments at HFML-FELIX.
Pieter Kooijman won the prize for best graphical abstract at the Forum for Analytical Science and Technology (FAST), the premier annual forum for the exchange of the latest achievements in analytical science and technology.
Take a look inside our building on the campus of Radboud University via a 360 degree virtual tour. You can zoom in on all the machinery and equipment. In short videos the staff tells you more about the instruments and the research performed.