Jürgen Hauer (*1978) is a researcher in the field of physical chemistry. His work aims at deciphering energy transfer pathways and mechanisms in molecules and molecular aggregates. The timescale of such processes is defined by the speed of atomic motion in such molecules, namely in the femtosecond (10 to the minus 15 second) range. This renders time-resolved laser spectroscopy with femtosecond pulses the method of choice, allowing the group around Jürgen Hauer e.g. to describe the crucial role of molecular vibrations in energy transfer of photosynthetic light harvesting complexes.
Jürgen Hauer studied chemistry at the University of Vienna and at King’s College London. He did his PhD work in the group around M. Motzkus at the Max Planck Institute of quantum optics and at the Philipps Universität Marburg, where he graduated in 2007. After postdoc positions at LMU Munich in the group of E. Riedle and at the University of Vienna (H. F. Kauffmann) as part of a Lise-Meitner fellowship, Jürgen Hauer gained funding for an independent research group via a START grant in 2012, followed by an assistant professorship at the Photonics Institute of the TU Wien. In 2017 he was appointed Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich.