Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981
    Studied physics and mathematics at the University of Bonn, Germany

  • 1983
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in physics

  • 1983
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in mathematics

  • 1987
    Diplom degree in physics

Selected publications

  • Heugen, U. et al.: Solute-induced retardation of water dynamics probed directly by THz spectroscopy. In: Proc. Nat Acad. Sci. USA 103, 2006. S. 12301.

  • Ebbinghaus, S. et al.: An extended dynamical solvation shell around proteins. In: Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 104, 2007. S. 20749.

  • Heyden, M. et al.: Long range influence of carbohydrates on the solvation dynamics of water – Answers from THz absorption measurements and molecular modeling simulations. In: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130, 2008. S. 5773.

  • Kim, S.J. et al.: Real-time detection of protein-water dynamics upon protein folding by Terahertz absorption. In: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 47, 2008. S. 6486.

  • Schmidt, D.A. et al.: Rattling in the cage: ions as probes of sub-ps water network dynamics. In: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 2009. S. 18512.

  • Born, B. et al.: Solvation dynamics of model peptides probed by Terahertz spectroscopy. Observation of the onset of collective network motions. In: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 2009. S. 3752.

  • Gutberlet, A. et al.: Aggregation induced dissociation of HCl (H2O) 4 below 1 K: The smallest droplet of acid. In: Science 324, 2009. S. 1545.

  • Born, B. et al.: The Terahertz dance of water with the proteins: The effect of protein flexibility on the dynamical hydration shell of ubiquitin. In: Faraday Discuss. 141, 2009. S. 161.

  • Heyden, M. et al.: Dissecting the THz spectrum of liquid water from first principles via correlations in time and space. In: Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 2010. S. 12068.

  • Meister, K. et al.: Label-free imaging of metal-carbonyl complexes in live cells by Raman microspectroscopy. In: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 49, 2010. S. 3310.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Ultrasensitive chemical nanoscopy and nano-spectroscopy with THz and infrared synchrotron radiation at ANKA (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF)

  • Probing solvation dynamics of antifreeze proteins (Volkswagen Foundation)

  • Using precision methods to understand the aggregation of small molecules (DFG Research Unit FOR 618)

  • Human Frontier Science Program Award, 2004

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Secretary of the Natural Sciences Division of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, since 2010

  • Member of the board for conferences and scientific prizes at the German Physical Society (DPG), since 2010

  • Executive board member of the International Society of Infrared, Millimetre and Terahertz Waves, since 2009

  • Member of the Senate and grants committee for the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group, 2009 – 2011

  • Member of the permanent committee of the Bunsen Society, 2007 – 2010

  • Vice president of the board for the Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics Division of the European Physical Society, 2007

  • Vice dean of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Bochum, Germany, 2005 – 2007

  • Dean of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Bochum, 2003 – 2005

  • Member of the advisory panel of the Physical and Engineering Science & Technology Sub-Programme of NATO, 2003 – 2004

  • Scientific leader of the major event

    “Trilogy Chemistry, Part 2: Matter – Material and Chemistry" in the Year of Chemistry, 2002 – 2003

  • Vice dean of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bochum, 2002 – 2003

  • Member of the organisation committee of High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy, 2000 – 2009

  • Member of the selection committee of the German National Academic Foundation, 2000 – 2001 and 2009

  • Chair of the Professional Association for Molecular Physics in the German Physical Society, 2000 – 2004

  • Chair of the Bochum local association of the Society of German Chemists, 2000 – 2002

  • Member of the organisational committee for the German–American Frontiers of Science (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation / National Academy of Sciences), 1999 – 2001

Additional qualifications

Research positions:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2009

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2006

  • Exeter College, Oxford University, UK, 2003

  • Department for Molecular and Laser Physics, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands; measurement of the dipole moment of KrH+, 1991

  • Department for Molecular and Laser Physics, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands; measurement of the IR-FIR double resonance spectrum, 1991

  • Department for Molecular and Laser Physics, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands; measurement of the dipole moment of HN2, 1989

  • Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, USA; evaluation of the FIR spectrum of (NH3)2, 1989

  • Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, USA; measurement of the FIR spectrum of (NH3)2, 1987 – 1988

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, USA; modelling of V-V pump processes in CO plasma, 1987


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • 2 daughters

    Jannika Newen * 1994

    Carina Newen * 1997


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