Schultz, Thomas

Schultz, Thomas

Schultz, Thomas
Associate Professor
Physical Chemistry

Thomas Schultz was educated as organic chemist at the ETH Zürich. After a PhD thesis on hydrocarbon radical spectroscopy in 1999, he moved to the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada. At the NRC and, after 2003 as research group leader at the Max Born Institute Berlin, Schultz investigated photochemical elementary reactions in isolated (bio-) molecular molecules, clusters, as well as solvated chromophores. In 2011, after several years of University teaching, he was named University lecturer ("Privatdozent") at the Free University Berlin. Since 2013, Schultz is Associate professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology. Here he continues the development of a novel spectroscopic method for the correlated single-step analysis of molecular composition, nuclear structure, electronic structure, and photochemical dynamics.
Research Summary
The Schultz group investigates the composition, structure, and reactions of molecules with short-pulse laser spectroscopy. Time-resolved experiments reveal the nuclear and electronic motions that we usually hide with the chemical reaction arrow in chemical equations. A novel multi-pulse experiment (Correlated Rotational Alignment Spectroscopy, CRASY) correlates photochemical and photophysical reactions with molecular structure. The combined information reveals how changes in chemical bonding and non-covalent interactions affect chemical reaction pathways. Biochemical systems are studies to identify how a local biological environment controls the outcome of biochemical reactions. The CRASY experiments offer a fundamentally new tool to investigate heterogeneous (impure) samples. This is exploited for the investigation of tautomeric samples, molecular isotopologues, and instable molecular matter.

Representative Publications
‘Efficient Deactivation of a Model Base Pair via Excited-State Hydrogen Transfer’,
T. Schultz, E. Samoylova, W. Radloff, I.V. Hertel, A.L. Sobolewski, and W. Domcke, Science 306, 1765 (2004).

‘Excited-State Dynamics of Cytosine Tautomers’,
K. Kosma, Christian Schröter, Elena Samoylova, I. V. Hertel, and T. Schultz, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 16939 (2009).

’Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of solvated electrons in aqueous NaI solution’,
A. Lübcke, F. Buchner, N. Heine, I.V. Hertel, and T. Schultz, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12, 14629 (2010).

'CRASY: Correlated Rotational Alignment Spectroscopy’,
C. Schröter, K. Kosma, T. Schultz, Science 333, 1011 (2011).