Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences

Suhm, Martin, Prof. Dr.

  • 1985 Diploma (Chemistry), Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
  • 1986 Research year, ANU Canberra (DAAD)
  • 1990 Dr. sc. nat, Swiss Fed. Inst. of Technology (ETH), Laboratory of M. Quack
  • 1991/92 JILA, Boulder (CO, USA), Laboratory of D. Nesbitt
  • 1995 Habilitation (Physical Chemistry), ETH Zürich (CH)
  • Since 1997 Professor of Physical Chemistry (C4) in Göttingen

Other Scientific Activities

  • 2010 - 13 Editorial Board member of Angewandte Chemie
  • 2009 - 12 Member of the Committee for the Allocation of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Awards http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/1082006.html
  • 2009 - 11 Member of the Selection Committee of the Swiss Chemical Society http://www.scg.ch/news/news.cfm?ID=133
  • 2006 - 11 Editorial Board member of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
  • 2003-2005 Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Chemistry in Göttingen
  • Since 2002 Coordinator of the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg “Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Molecular Coils and Aggregates” (www.pcgg.de)

Major Research Interests
Our research focuses on intermolecular interactions, in particular hydrogen bonds. An important goal is to study realistic model systems, such as small water, alcohol, amide or peptide clusters, by vibrational spectroscopy (infrared and Raman) in order to obtain benchmark data for their accurate quantum-chemical modelling. This is best done in the gas phase, where no complicating environmental influence exists. Supersonic jet expansions provide an excellent way of generating such model clusters. For example, we have studied stereoselective interactions between some of the simplest chiral molecules capable of hydrogen bonding, the smallest aggregates involving peptide bonds, or elementary proton transfer systems. Closer to the systems of interest in this graduate school, we have implemented infrared microscopy for the study of polymorphism, biological and polymer materials and other topics in which chemical imaging is useful.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Juhyon J. Lee, Merwe Albrecht, Corey A. Rice, Martin A. Suhm, Anke Stamm, Manuel Zimmer, Markus Gerhards (2013) Adaptive Aggregation of Peptide Model Systems. J. Phys. Chem. A in press doi:10.1021/jp400056n

  • Nils O. B. Lüttschwager, Tobias N. Wassermann, Ricardo A. Mata, Martin A. Suhm (2013) The Last Globally Stable Extended Alkane. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 52 463-466. doi:10.1002/anie.201202894 [currently Open Access]

  • Jonas Altnöder, Juhyon J. Lee, Katharina E. Otto, Martin A. Suhm (2012) Molecular Recognition in Glycolaldehyde, the Simplest Sugar: Two Isolated Hydrogen Bonds Win Over One Cooperative Pair. ChemistryOpen 1 269-275. doi:10.1002/open.201200031 [Open Access]

  • Marija Nedic, Martin A. Suhm (2012) Detailed Assignment of the CH Chromophores in Methyl Mandelate and Mandelic Acid: A Multi-Experimental Approach Using Polarized FTIR Microspectroscopy of Sublimated Crystals. Cryst. Growth Des. 12 1933-1942. doi:10.1021/cg201673r

  • Marija Nedic, Tobias N. Wassermann, René Wugt Larsen, Martin A. Suhm (2011) A combined Raman- and infrared jet study of mixed methanol-water and ethanol-water clusters. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 14050-14063

  • Katharina E. Otto, Susanne Hesse, Tobias N. Wassermann, Corey A. Rice, Martin A. Suhm (2011) Temperature-dependent intensity anomalies in amino acid esters: Weak hydrogen bonds in protected glycine, alanine and valine. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 14119-14130

  • Julia Zischang, Juhyon J. Lee, and Martin A. Suhm (2011) Communication: Where does the first water molecule go in imidazole?. J. Chem. Phys. 135, 061102

  • Merwe Albrecht, Jan Will, Martin A. Suhm (2010) Chirality Recognition in Menthol and Neomenthol: Preference for Homoconfigurational Aggregation. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 49, 6203-6206

  • Martin A. Suhm (2009) Hydrogen Bond Dynamics in Alcohol Clusters. Adv. Chem. Phys. 142, 1-57

  • Anne Zehnacker and Martin A. Suhm (2008) Chirality Recognition between Neutral Molecules in the Gas Phase. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 47, 6970-6992

  • Merwe Albrecht, Corey A. Rice and Martin A. Suhm (2008) Elementary Peptide Motifs in the Gas Phase: An FTIR Aggregation Study of Formamide, Acetamide, N-Methylformamide, and N-Methylacetamide. J. Phys. Chem. A 112, 7530-7542