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Prof. H.A. Dürr has been appointed Professor by Special Appointment of Ultrafast X-Ray Science at the Institute of Physics (IoP) of the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science.

Prof Hermann Durr, professor Ultrafast X-Ray Science
Phot Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. H.A. Dürr (1961) has been appointed Professor by Special Appointment of Ultrafast X-Ray Science at the Institute of Physics (IoP) of the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science.

Hermann Dürr has recently moved from the 3rd generation synchrotron source BESSY at the Helmholtz Zentrum in Berlin to the SLAC National Accelerator in Stanford, California, operating the world’s first x-ray free electron laser: the Linear Coherent Light Source (LCLS). His primary research interests are electron, spin and lattice dynamics in magnetic and correlated electron materials, which he studies on the femtosecond time and nanometer length scale using ultrafast x-ray sources. His work is of particular relevance for next generation magnetic data storage devices. With his appointment at the UvA, he recently started to contribute to the Physics master track Advanced Matter and Energy Physics (AMEP) with the new course Ultrafast X-Ray Physics. Moreover, the chair aims at strengthening the ties with the physicists in the Hard Condensed Matter program at the UvA’s IoP, providing new research strategies for studying correlated materials.

Dürr completed his PhD in 1990 at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, based on experimental work performed at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Garching. After postdoctoral stays at Manchester University (UK) and as a Feodor Lynen Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA) he became staff member at the Daresbury Laboratory (UK) in 1994. He returned to Germany in 1999 as staff scientist at the Research Center Jülich before joining BESSY (later Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin) in 2001; first as a group leader and as of 2009 as the head of the department of Magnetic Dynamics. He was then asked by SLAC to become Senior Staff Scientist to be one of the key players in the photon science spear-head on ultrafast magnetism. In 2003, Dürr has been awarded the Röntgen Award of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications to his name.