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 2020 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

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2023: Tiroler Wissenschaftsförderung
  • 2020: FWF-Hertha-Firnberg Grant, 3-year Early-Stage-Programme
  • 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

  • since 2012: (Co)-Supervision of Bachelor (8), Master (5) and PhD (2) students 
  • WS2015/16: Laboratory Course Physics II at TU Wien (Laborpraktikum Physik)
  • SS2022:  Laboratory Course at Universität Innsbruck (Fortgeschrittenen-Praktikum 1)
  • WS2022/23: Lecture at Universität Innsbruck: "Einführung in die Material- und Nanowissenschaften"

Scientific stays abroad

  • 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

  • 39 publications in peer-reviewed journals (among them 2 Nat. Comm., 1 JACS, 2 PRL)
  • 20 talks at international conferences (13 invited)
  • Refereeing work for international scientific journals
  • Outreach activities: Invited participant of the panel discussion: Graphen - der neue Wunderstoff in der Wissenschaft, TU Wien (March 16, 2017); Invited Talk at the Science Night 2019: Das Wunder des Sehens und der Fotosynthese - Wie die Physik Licht in die Biologie bringt, Algund, South Tyrol, (April 16, 2019); Evaluation and Awarding of the Dr. Hans Riegel Fachpreise 2022 for the discipline Physics at the Universität Innsbruck (2022)

Ten representative publications

  1. S. Kollotzek, F. Izadi, M. Meyer, S. Bergmeister, F. Zappa, S. Denifl, O. Echt, P. Scheier, E. Gruber, Stabilization of phenanthrene anions in helium nanodroplets, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 24, 11662 (2022). DOI:10.1039/D2CP00991A
  2.  S. Albertini, S. Bergmeister, F. Laimer, P. Martini, E. Gruber, F. Zappa, M. Onc´ak, P. Scheier, O. Echt, SF6+: Stabilizing transient ions in helium nanodroplets, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 12, 4112 (2021). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c01024
  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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