Short CV/Education and training

  • 1997 – 2002
    Studied chemistry (toward the Diplom degree) at the University of Hannover and the University of Bonn, Germany

  • 2000 – 2001
    Lower-division studies in theoretical chemistry with Prof. S. D. Peyerimhoff, Bonn, Germany

  • 2001
    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) research exchange scholarship (IKYDA), hosted by Prof. G. E. Froudakis, University of Crete, Greece

  • 2001 – 2002
    Diplom thesis supervised by Prof. S. D. Peyerimhoff, Bonn

  • 2002
    Diplom degree in chemistry

  • 2002 – 2004
    PhD, with research at the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, University of Hannover; doctoral fellowship from the German Chemical Industry Foundation (FCI)

  • 2004
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat., summa cum laude), Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, University of Hannover

Selected publications

  • H. Odashima, S. Merz, K. Enomoto, M. Schnell, G. Meijer: "Microwave Lens for Polar Molecules". In: Physical Review Letters 104 (2010) 253001.

  • M. Schnell, G. Meijer: "Kalte Moleküle: Darstellung, Anwendungen und Herausforderungen" In: Angewandte Chemie, invited review article, 121 (2009) 6124-6147.

  • M. Kirste, B. Sartakov, M. Schnell, G. Meije: "Non-adiabatic transitions in electrostatically trapped ammonia molecules" In: Phys. Rev. A (Rapid communication), 79 (2009) 051401(R).

  • M. Schnell, J.-U. Grabow: "Multi-dimensional large-amplitude motions: Top-top communication through chemical bonds" In: Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 45 (2006) 3465-3470.

  • F. J. Lovas, R. J. McMahon, J.-U. Grabow, M. Schnell, J. Mack, L. T. Scott, R. L. Kuczkowski: "Interstellar chemistry: A strategy for detecting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by radio astronomy" In: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127 (2005) 4345-4349.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Studies on isomerisation reactions of conformationally pure biomolecules in the gas phase by means of dynamic rotational spectroscopy

  • Microwave manipulation of polar molecules: focussing, decelerating and trapping them

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Young Academy within the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, since 2006

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • "Young leaders in science" management seminars of the Schering Foundation 2006/2007

  • Participation in the ProFiL programme of Berlin's universities, 2006


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