Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hauer


Dynamic Spectroscopies

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Hauer's (*1978) field of research is ultrafast spectroscopy. On a fundamental level, chemical reactions are described by rearrangements of bonds. The timescale of molecular vibrations in the realm of femtoseconds (10^-15 seconds) is therefore a natural timescale for such processes. In Prof. Hauer's group, phenomena such as energy transfer or photochemical reactions are investigated by femtosecond spectroscopy. Main topics are application to chemical questions and method development.

Prof. Hauer studied chemistry at the University of Vienna and at King's College London. After a PhD in physical chemistry at the Philipps Universität Marburg and projects at LMU Munich and at the University of Vienna, he was appointed to an assistant professorship at the Photonics Institute of TU Wien. Since 2017, Prof. Hauer is at TUM.


  • START prize of FWF, the Austrian Science Fund (2012)
  • Theodor Körner prize for natural sciences (2010)
  • Lise Meitner scholarship of FWF (2008)

Xu Y, Mewes, L, Thyrhaug, E, Sláma V, Šanda F, Langhals H, Hauer J: "Isolating Pure Donor and Acceptor Signals by Polarization-Controlled Transient Absorption Spectroscopy". The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2023; 14 (23), 5390-5396.


Peschel MT, Kabaciński P, Schwinger DP, Thyrhaug E, Cerullo G, Bach T, Hauer J, de Vivie-Riedle R: "Activation of 2-Cyclohexenone by BF3 Coordination: Mechanistic Insights from Theory and Experiment." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021; 60 (18), 10155-10163.


Cao J, Cogdell RJ, Coker DF, Duan HG, Hauer J, Kleinekathöfer U, Jansen TLC, Mančal T, Miller RJD, Ogilvie JP, et al. "Quantum biology revisited". Science Advances. 2020; 6 (14), eaaz4888.


Thyrhaug E, Krause S, Perri A, Cerullo G, Polli D, Vosch T, Hauer J: "Single-molecule excitation–emission spectroscopy". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2019; 116 (10), 4064-4069.


Lim, J.; Palecek, D.; Caycedo-Soler, F.; Lincoln, C. N.; Prior, J.; von Berlepsch, H.; Huelga, S. F.; Plenio, M. B.; Zigmantas, D.; Hauer, J.: "Vibronic origin of long-lived coherence in an artificial molecular light harvester." Nature Communications. 2015; 6, 7755-7762 Article.