Structural Dynamics of (Bio)chemical Systems
In our vision, we want to optimize chemical reactions towards specific product states by a clever combination of chemical site-specificity, self-assembly and state-selectivity which can be "tuned" through the structure of the local environment and selective excitation schemes (heat/optical pulses). To do so we need to gain a deeper understanding on the mechanism of chemical reactions from a structural point of view. In order to elucidate information about the reaction coordinate from a multidimensional reaction landscape of complex systems we apply time-resolved X-ray techniques and time-resolved optical spectroscopy. We obtain a real-time picture of the structural dynamics of chemical and biochemical systems in the crystalline and in the liquid phase.