Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Dominik Bucher studied chemistry at TUM, where he obtained his M. Sc. degree in 2010. He did his PhD in biophysics at the LMU in the Zinth and Carell labs, where he used ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy to monitor UV-induced damaging processes in DNA. After that, he became interested in the new developments of quantum sensing and he joined the group of Ronald Walworth in the Harvard Physics Department. During this time, he developed a new NMR technology for microscopic volumes and femtomole detection limit. In spring 2019 he started his independent group supported by the Emmy Noether program of the DFG.

Dr. Dominik Bucher (*1985) uses defects in diamond (NV-centers) as quantum sensors for NMR spectroscopy on the nano- to microscale. His research group works at the unique interface between quantum sensing and (bio)chemistry with interdisciplinary approaches from applied quantum physics, chemical synthesis and biophysics. The over goal is to perform NMR spectroscopy on smallest length-scales – from nano- and surface science to microfluidics and single-cell biology.

    Awards

    • ERC Starting Grant (2020)
    • Emmy Noether-Grant (2018)
    • 1000 talents program award (China 2018)
    • Smithsonian institution postdoctoral fellowship (2017)
    • Albert-Weller Prize from the GDCh (2016)
    • Postdoctoral research fellowship DFG (2015)

    • Bucher, D. B.°, Aude Craik, D. P. L., Backlund, M. P., Turner, M., Glenn, D. R. and Walsworth, R. L°. Quantum diamond spectrometer for nanoscale NMR and ESR spectroscopy. arXiv:1905.11099 (2019), Nature Protocols 14, 2707-2747 (2019) , accepted

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    • Bucher, D. B.°, Glenn, D. R., Park, H., Lukin, M. D., Walsworth, R. L.° Hyperpolarization-enhanced NMR spectroscopy with femtomole sensitivity using quantum defects in diamond. (2018)

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    • Glenn, D. R.*, Bucher, D. B.*, Lee, J., Lukin, M. D., Park, H., Walsworth, R. L., High-Resolution Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Using a Solid-State Spin Sensor, Nature 555, 351-354 (2018)

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    • Bucher, D. B., Kufner, C., Schlueter, A., Carell, T., Zinth, W. UV-Induced Charge-Transfer States in DNA Promote Sequence Selective Self-Repair. The Journal of the American Chemical Society 138, 186–190 (2016)

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    • Bucher, D. B., Pilles, B.M., Carell, T., Zinth, W. Charge separation and charge delocalization identified in long-living states of photoexcited DNA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, 4369-4374 (2014)

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