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Svenja Janke

Dr. Svenja M. Janke

IAS WIRL-COFUND Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am a WIRL-COFUND postdoctoral research fellow. My research interest is in understanding basic, catalytic processes that happen at metal surfaces. When a molecule like CO hits a metal surface like Au, it can exchange energy with the surface atoms. In some cases, it can also exchange energy with the electrons of the metal. I investigate how processes change if the molecule exchanges much or little energy with the surface electrons.

My second research interest is in hybrid organic-inorganic materials. Hybrid organic-inorganic materials consist of organic molecules and inorganic building parts. They might hold promise for new LEDs or photovoltaic devices. I am trying to understand how their structure is connected to the way in which they take up light (absorption) or give light off (emission).

Academic Background


Postdoctoral Researcher, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Group of Prof. Dr. Volker Blum
2018-2019 Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)


Postdoctoral Researcher, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany, Theory Department of Prof. Dr. Matthias Scheffler, group of Dr. Mariana Rossi in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Volker Blum at Duke University


Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
Group of Prof. Dr. Alec Wodtke


Doctoral Researcher, University of Göttingen and Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
Group of Prof. Dr. Alec Wodtke


Master of Science, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany


Bachelor of Science, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany