BiographyDr. Marcel Drabbels studied experimental physics at the University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and in 1993 obtained his Ph.D. at that same university. He then moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara where he studied the dynamics of highly vibrationally excited molecules and developed a new detection technique to investigate the photodissociation of molecules. When he returned to the Netherlands in 1996 he joined the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam where he worked on the development of new types of infrared imaging and streak cameras. In 1997 Dr. Drabbels was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and he moved to the Free University of Amsterdam where he studied the collision dynamics of molecules and initiated photodissociation experiments using ultrafast lasers. In October 1998 he was appointed as senior scientist at the EPFL where he studies the spectroscopy and dynamics of nanoscale systems. In March 2021 he was promoted to titular professor.
Microsecond melting and revitrification of cryo samples: protein structure and beam-induced motionActa Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology. 2022-06-14. DOI : 10.1107/S205979832200554X.
Accurate time zero determination in an ultrafast transmission electron microscope without energy filterApplied Physics Letters. 2022-03-10. DOI : 10.1063/5.0087850.
Microsecond melting and revitrification of cryo samplesStructural Dynamics-Us. 2021-09-01. DOI : 10.1063/4.0000129.
The fragmentation mechanism of gold nanoparticles in water under femtosecond laser irradiationNanoscale Advances. 2021-08-02. DOI : 10.1039/d1na00406a.
Rapid melting and revitrification as an approach to microsecond time-resolved cryo-electron microscopyChemical Physics Letters. 2021-06-11. DOI : 10.1016/j.cplett.2021.138812.
Ultrafast Resonant Interatomic Coulombic Decay Induced by Quantum Fluid DynamicsPhysical Review X. 2021-04-12. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevX.11.021011.
Evolution and ion kinetics of a XUV-induced nanoplasma in ammonia clustersJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. 2021-01-20. DOI : 10.1088/1361-6455/abcf80.
Atomic-Resolution Imaging of Fast Nanoscale Dynamics with Bright Microsecond Electron PulsesNano Letters. 2020-12-03. DOI : 10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c04184.
Characterization of a time-resolved electron microscope with a Schottky field emission gunStructural Dynamics-Us. 2020-09-01. DOI : 10.1063/4.0000034.
Intense microsecond electron pulses from a Schottky emitterApplied Physics Letters. 2020-06-09. DOI : 10.1063/5.0009442.
Time-resolved formation of excited atomic and molecular states in XUV-induced nanoplasmas in ammonia clustersPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2020-04-21. DOI : 10.1039/d0cp00669f.
Tracking attosecond electronic coherences using phase-manipulated extreme ultraviolet pulsesNature Communications. 2020-02-14. DOI : 10.1038/s41467-020-14721-2.
Real-time observation of jumping and spinning nanodropletsStructural Dynamics. 2020-01-14. DOI : 10.1063/1.5135699.
Ultrafast relaxation of photoexcited superfluid He nanodropletsNature Communications. 2020-01-08. DOI : 10.1038/s41467-019-13681-6.
In Situ Observation of Coulomb Fission of Individual Plasmonic NanoparticlesACS Nano. 2019-09-19. DOI : 10.1021/acsnano.9b06664.
Real-Time Dynamics of the Formation of Hydrated Electrons upon Irradiation of Water Clusters with Extreme Ultraviolet LightPhysical Review Letters. 2019-04-04. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.133001.
Three-Dimensional Shapes of Spinning Helium NanodropletsPhysical Review Letters. 2018-12-17. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.255301.
Helium-induced electronic transitions in photo-excited Ba+–Hen exciplexesThe Journal of Chemical Physics. 2018-04-14. DOI : 10.1063/1.5022863.
Harmonium: An Ultrafast Vacuum Ultraviolet FacilityChimia. 2017. DOI : 10.2533/chimia.2017.268.
Dynamics of photoexcited Ba+ cations in 4He nanodropletsJournal of Chemical Physics. 2016. DOI : 10.1063/1.4942850.
Migration of surface excitations in highly-excited nanosystems probed by intense resonant XUV radiationJournal of Physics B : atomic and molecular physics. 2015. DOI : 10.1088/0953-4075/48/24/244011.
Excitation of Sodium Atoms Attached to Helium Nanodroplets: The 3p <-- 3s Transition RevisitedJournal of Physical Chemistry A. 2015. DOI : 10.1021/jp511885t.
The Low Density Matter (LDM) beamline of FERMI: optical layout and first commissioningJournal of Synchrotron Radiation. 2015. DOI : 10.1107/S1600577515005743.
Picosecond solvation dynamics of alkali cations in superfluid 4He nanodropletsPhysical Review B. 2014. DOI : 10.1063/1.1416492.
Elementary Excitations of Superfluid Helium Droplets Probed by Ion SpectroscopyJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 2014. DOI : 10.1021/jz501530e.
Nucleation of quantized vortex rings in 4He nanodropletsJournal of Chemical Physics. 2014. DOI : 10.1063/1.4870245.
Dynamics of Excited Sodium Atoms Attached to Helium NanodropletsJournal of Physical Chemistry A. 2014. DOI : 10.1021/jp4121996.
A Novel Collective Autoionization Process Observed in Electron Spectra of He ClustersPhysical Review Letters. 2014. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.073401.
Collective Autoionization in Multiply-Excited Systems: A novel ionization process observed in Helium NanodropletsNature Scientific Reports. 2014. DOI : 10.1038/srep03621.
Critical Landau velocity in helium nanodropletsPhysical Review Letters. 2013. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.153002.
Translational dynamics of photoexcited atoms in 4He nanodroplets: the case of silverPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2013. DOI : 10.1039/C3CP52221K.
EUV ionization of pure He nanodroplets: Mass-correlated photoelectron imaging, Penning ionization and electron energy-loss spectraJournal of Chemical Physics. 2013. DOI : 10.1063/1.4818531.
Charge transfer and Penning ionization of dopants in or on helium nanodroplets exposed to EUV radiationJournal of Physical Chemistry A. 2013. DOI : 10.1021/jp401424w.
A modular end-station for atomic, molecular, and cluster science at the Low Density Matter beamline of FERMI@ElettraJournal of Physics B : atomic and molecular physics. 2013. DOI : 10.1088/0953-4075/46/16/164007.
Barium Ions and Helium Nanodroplets: Solvation and DesolvationJournal of Chemical Physics. 2012. DOI : 10.1063/1.4743900.
Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Barium-doped Helium NanodropletsJournal of Chemical Physics. 2012. DOI : 10.1063/1.3701565.
Desorption of alkali atoms from 4He nanodropletsPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2012. DOI : 10.1039/C2CP23526A.
Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy of Molecular Ions in Helium NanodropletsJournal of Chemical Physics. 2012. DOI : 10.1063/1.3678011.
Electronic Spectroscopy of Aniline Ions Embedded in Helium NanodropletsJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 2011. DOI : 10.1021/jz200632s.
Unusual Rydberg System Consisting of a Positively Charged Helium Nanodroplet with an Orbiting ElectronPhysical Review Letters. 2011. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.083401.
Spectroscopy on Rydberg states of sodium atoms on the surface of helium nanodropletsJournal of Physical Chemistry A. 2011. DOI : 10.1021/jp111146n.
IR spectroscopy of molecular ions by nonthermal ion ejection from helium nanodropletsJournal of the American Chemical Society. 2010. DOI : 10.1021/ja1034655.
Absorption spectroscopy of adenine, 9-methyladenine, and 2-aminopurine in helium nanodropletsPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2010. DOI : 10.1039/C0CP00746C.
High-resolution excitation and absorption spectroscopy of gas-phase p-coumaric acid: unveiling an elusive chromophoreJournal of the American Chemical Society. 2010. DOI : 10.1021/ja101668v.
Photodynamics of Li-doped Helium Nanodroplets2009
Conformational flexibility of a rotaxane thread probed by electronic spectroscopy in helium nanodropletsJournal of the American Chemical Society. 2009. DOI : 10.1021/ja905973v.
A New Sensitive Detection Scheme for Helium Nanodroplet Isolation Spectroscopy: Application to BenzenePhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2008. DOI : 10.1039/b808211a.
Photodissociation of Alkyl Iodides in Helium Nanodroplets III: RecombinationJournal of Chemical Physics. 2007. DOI : 10.1063/1.2767263.
Photodissociation of Alkyl Iodides in Helium Nanodroplets II: Solvation DynamicsJournal of Chemical Physics. 2007. DOI : 10.1063/1.2767262.
Photodissociation of Alkyl Iodides in Helium Nanodroplets I: Kinetic Energy TransferJournal of Chemical Physics. 2007. DOI : 10.1063/1.2767261.
Excited State Dynamics of Ag Atoms in Helium NanodropletsJournal of Physical Chemistry A. 2007. DOI : 10.1021/jp0716278.
Spectroscopy on species in helium droplets using an ionization-based detection system2005
A Simple Procedure to Extract Speed Distributions from Ion Images with a Large Background ContributionReview of Scientific Instruments. 2005. DOI : 10.1063/1.2130941.
Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Doped Helium DropletsPhysical Review Letters. 2005. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.163401.
Teaching & PhD
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Doctoral Program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering