Prof. Dr. Robert Berger

Philipps-Universität Marburg

Department of Chemistry

Hans-Meerwein-Straße, 35032 Marburg
Phone: +49 6421 28-25687
Fax: +49 6421 28-21826


Quantum chemistry, theoretical chemistry, method development (vibronic structure theory, molecular properties, electroweak quantum chemistry, relativistic quantum chemistry), application (photochemistry, photophysics, theoretical spectroscopy, materials, catalysis)

University Education

1997 Doctoral degree in Chemistry (Dr. rer. nat.), Universität Münster, Dissertation on (translated title:) “Theoretical study on the temperature dependence of vibrational fine structures”, thesis advisor: Prof. Martin Klessinger
1993 Diploma degree in Chemistry (Dipl. Chem.), University Münster, supervisor: Prof. Martin Klessinger
1989-93 Studies in Chemistry, Technical University of Berlin and Universität Münster

Professional Experience

2014- Professor (W3) for Theoretical Chemistry at Philipps-Universität Marburg
2009-14 Professor (W2) at the Clemens-Schöpf Institute, TU Darmstadt
2005-09 Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), JWG-University Frankfurt and Head of Volkswagen foundation research group
2003-05 Head of junior research group (awarded by Volkswagen foundation), Chemistry Department, TU Berlin
2000-03 Researcher and Liebig-Fellow, Chemistry Department, TU Berlin, Prof. Helmut Schwarz
1997-00 Postdoc, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, ETH Zurich, Prof. Martin Quack
1998-99 Postdoctoral scholarship of the German Research Foundation
1993-97 Research Assistant, University of Münster

Honours, Awards and other Proofs of Qualification

2013 Offer for a W3 professorship in Theoretical Chemistry at Philipps-Universität Marburg (accepted)
2012 Offer for a chair in Theoretical Chemistry at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (declined)
2012 Outstanding Young German Scientist Award Lectureship by the Lise Meitner-Minerva Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, Israel
2009 Offer for a professorship (W2) in Quantum Chemistry and Theoretical Organic Chemistry at TU Darmstadt (accepted)
2009 Offer for associate professorship at the Center for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, University of Oslo (declined)
2008 Hellmann Award of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Theoretische Chemie

Selected Publications

  1. H.-C. Jankowiak, J.L. Stuber, R. Berger
    Vibronic transitions in large molecular systems: Rigorous pre-screening conditions for Franck-Condon factors
    J. Chem. Phys. 127, 23410 (2007).
  2. F. P. Diehl, C. Roos, H.-C. Jankowiak, R. Berger, A. Köhn, G. Diezemann, T. Basché
    Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study of the Vibronic Spectra of Perylenecarboximides
    J. Phys. Chem. B 114, 1638 (2010).
  3. S. Coriani, T Kjærgaard, P. Jørgensen, K. Ruud, J. Huh, R. Berger
    Vibronic An Atomic-Orbital-Based Lagrangian Approach for Calculating Geometric Gradients of Linear Response Properties
    J. Chem. Theor. Comput. 6, 1028 (2010).
  4. T. A. Isaev, S. Hoekstra, R. Berger
    Laser-cooled RaF as a promising candidate to measure molecular parity violation
    Phys. Rev. A 82, 052521 (2010).
  5. J. Huh, R. Berger
    Application of time-independent cumulant expansion to calculation of Franck-Condon profiles for large molecular systems
    Faraday Discuss. 150, 363 (2011).
  6. T. A. Isaev, R. Berger
    Electron correlation and nuclear charge dependence of parity-violating properties in open-shell diatomic molecules
    Phys. Rev. A 86, 062515 (2012).
  7. M. Pitzer, M. Kunitski, A. S. Johnson, T. Jahnke, H. Sann, F. Sturm, L. Ph. H. Schmidt, H. Schmidt-Böcking, R. Dörner, J. Stohner, J. Kiedrowski, M. Reggelin, S. Marquardt, A. Schießer, R. Berger, M. S. Schöffler
    Direct Determination of Absolute Molecular Stereochemistry in Gas Phase by Coulomb Explosion Imaging
    Science 341, 1096 (2013).
  8. L. H. Finger, F. Wohde, E. I. Grigoryev, A.-K. Hansmann, R. Berger, B. Roling, J. Sundermeyer
    Access to pure and highly volatile hydrochalcogenide ionic liquids
    Chem. Comm. 51, 10873 (2015).
  9. M. Klues, P. Jerabek, T. Breuer, M. Ohzelt, K. E. Herrmann, R. Berger, G. Witte
    Understanding the F1s NEXAFS Dichroism in Fluorinated Organic Semiconductors
    J. Phys. Chem. C 120, 12693-12705 (2016).
  10. T. A. Isaev, R. Berger
    Polyatomic candidates for cooling of molecules with lasers from simple theoretical concepts
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 063006 (2016).