Dr. Elisabeth Gruber


Elisabeth Gruber

Tel: +43 512 507 - 52670

E-Mail: E.Gruber@uibk.ac.at

ORCID: 0000-0002-1195-3638

Curriculum Vitae

Current and Previous Positions

  • since 2024 Principal investigator (FWF - Elise-Richter), Institute of Ion Physics and Applied Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • 2020-2023 Principal investigator (FWF - Hertha-Firnberg), Institute of Ion Physics and Applied Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • 2017-2020 Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 2013-2017 University Assistant, Institute of Applied Physics, TU Wien, Austria


  • 2017: Ph.D. Technical Physics (with distinction), TU Wien
  • 2012: M.Sc. Technical Physics (with distinction), TU Wien
  • 2009: B.Sc. Technical Physics (with distinction), TU Wien

Research interests

  • Molecular Physics / Biophysics /Astrophysics: optical spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, photophysics of (bio)molecules, molecular dynamics, molecular relaxation processes, diffuse interstellar bands
  • Cold physics: cluster formation, helium nanodroplets
  • Atomic / Ion physics: highly charged ions, atomic relaxation processes, charge exchange and energy loss processes, atomic collisions (ion-atoms/molecules)
  • Surface Physics: ion-surface interaction processes, surface-nanostructuring, 2D materials, high resolution imaging techniques (AFM, TEM, STEM)

Fellowships, honors and awards

  • 2024: FWF-Elise-Richter Grant on "Messenger spectroscopy of C60 analogues
  • 2023: Grant of the Tiroler Wissenschaftsförderung on "Spectroscopy of He-tagged photoactive (metal)organic molecules"
  • 2020: FWF-Hertha-Firnberg Grant on "Biomolecular Spectroscopy in Charged Helium Nanodroplets"
  • 2017: Hannspeter-Winter Award 2017 (doctoral dissertation award), TU Wien
  • 2017: Loschmidt-Prize 2017 (doctoral dissertation award), Austrian Chemical-Physical Society
  • 2015, 2016: Scholarship grant of TU Wien for conference participation
  • 2013: Scholarship grant of TU Wien for academic research
  • 2010: Proexcellentia II: Honour for academic performance, South Tyrol, Italy
  • 2007, 2010: Scholarship for academic excellence, South Tyrol, Italy
  • 2006: Proexcellentia I: Honour of the 10 best high-school graduates of South Tyrol, Italy

Teaching experience

  • WS2022/23 and WS2023/24: Lecture at Universität Innsbruck: "Einführung in die Material- und Nanowissenschaften"
  • SS2023: Laboratory Course - Special Advanced Laboratory Class A: Ion Physics and Applied Physics at Universität Innsbruck
  • SS2022: Laboratory Course at Universität Innsbruck (Fortgeschrittenen-Praktikum 1)
  • WS2015/16: Laboratory Course Physics II at TU Wien (Laborpraktikum Physik)

Scientific stays abroad

  • European XFEL, Hamburg, Germany (one week in June 2023)                                                                                                                  Research: Single-electron nanoplasma seeding probed by ultrafast X-ray coherent diffractive imaging. (PI: Dr. Oliver Gessner)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Germany, in total 10 weeks (2013-2016);
    Research: Charge exchange and energy loss of highly charged ions interacting with 2D materials
  • Grand Accélérateur National D’Ions Lourds (Ganil) Caen, France, in total 6 weeks (2013- 2015);
    Research: Surface nanostructuring by swift heavy and highly charged ions
  • University Duisburg-Essen, Germany (09/2014);
    Research: Surface nanostructuring by highly charged ions; UHV-AFM measurements
  • University Bielefeld, Germany (02/2013);
    Research: HIM (helium ion microscopy) measurements of irradiated carbon nanomembranes

Academic achievements and activities

Ten representative publications

  1. Bergmeister, L. Ganner, M. Ončák*, E. Gruber*, Gas-Phase Electronic Structure of Phthalocyanine Ions: A Study of Symmetry and Solvation Effects, Adv. Sci. 2307816 (2024). DOI:10.1002/advs.202307816 
  2. Bergmeister, L. Ganner, J. Locher, F. Zappa, P. Scheier, E. Gruber*, Spectroscopy of helium-tagged molecular ions – Development of a novel experimental setup, Rev. Sci. Instrum.  94, 055105 (2023). DOI: 10.1063/5.0144239 
  3. S. Albertini, E. Gruber, F. Zappa, S. Krasnokutski, F. Laimer, P. Scheier, Chemistry and physics of dopants embedded in helium droplets, Mass Spectrom. Rev., 1-39 (2021). DOI: 10.1002/mas.21699
  4. E. Gruber, A. M. Kabylda, M. B. Nielsen, A. P. Rasmussen, R. Teiwes, P. A. Kusochek, A. V. Bochenkova, L. H. Andersen, Light Driven Ultrafast Bioinspired Molecular Motors: Steering and Accelerating Photoisomerization Dynamics of Retinal, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 144, 69 (2022). DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c10752
  5. E. Gruber, R. Teiwes, C. Kjær, S. Brøndsted Nielsen, L. H. Andersen, Tuning fast excited-state decay by ligand attachment in isolated chlorophyll a, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 24, 149 (2022). DOI: 10.1039/D1CP04356K
  6. H. V. Kiefer, E. Gruber, J. Langeland, P. A. Kusochek, A. V. Bochenkova, L. H. Andersen, Intrinsic photoisomerization dynamics of protonated Schiff-base retinal, Nat. Commun. 10, 1210 (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09225-7
  7. E. Gruber, C. Kjær, S. Brøndsted Nielsen, L. H. Andersen, Intrinsic Photophysics of the Lightharvesting Chlorophyll a and b Pigments, Chem. Eur. J. 25, 39 (2019). DOI: 10.1002/chem.201901786
  8. R. Wilhelm, E. Gruber, J. Schwestka, R. Kozubek, T. Madeira, J. Marques, J. Kobus, A. Krasheninnikov, M. Schleberger, F. Aumayr, Interatomic Coulombic Decay - the mechanism for rapid deexcitation of hollow atoms, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 103401 (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.103401
  9. E. Gruber, R. A. Wilhelm, R. P´etuya, V. Smejkal, R. Kozubek, A. Hierzenberger, B. C. Bayer, I. Aldazabal, A. K. Kazansky, F. Libisch, A. V. Krasheninnikov, M. Schleberger, S. Facsko, A. G. Borisov, A. Arnau, F. Aumayr, Ultrafast electronic response of graphene to a strong and localized electric field, Nat. Commun. 7, 13948 (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13948
  10. E. Gruber, P. Salou, L. Bergen, M. El Kharrazi, E. Lattouf, C. Grygiel, Y. Wang, A. Benyagoub, D. Levavasseur, J. Rangama, H. Lebius, B. Ban-D’ Etat, M. Schleberger, F. Aumayr, Swift heavy ion irradiation of CaF2 – from grooves to hillocks in a single ion track, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 28, 405001 (2016). DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/28/40/405001
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