Laboratory of Physical Chemistry (LPC)

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About the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry

Research at the LPC focuses on the investigation of the structure and dynamics of matter over the entire range from isolated atoms, molecules, and clusters, via nanostructures, macromolecules, biomolecules to macroscopic systems in the gas, fluid, and solid phases using various techniques of high-resolution spectroscopy, such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), microwave, and infra-red (IR) spectroscopy, and methods of femto- and attosecond spectroscopy as well as method development and computer simulation in theoretical chemistry. All research groups have in common that they develop new instrumentations, techniques or algorithms that enable to either extend existing methodologies beyond their current limits or pioneer new fields of scientific investigations.

These methodologies are applied to open scientific questions covering the entire range of the natural sciences from physics to chemistry and to biology. The fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of the research topics together with the method developments highlight the special role of the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry being at the cross road of physics, chemistry and biology. This interdisciplinary nature is also a key element of the teaching activity in the institute. In addition to teach a full share of the Chemistry curriculum, the Laboratory heads the attractive curriculum in the Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences, actively participates in the curriculum in Computational Science and Engineering, and provides chemistry lectures and lab courses to other departments, including D-PHYS, D-BIOL, D-UWIS, and D-MATH.

Head of the Institute


Prof. Dr. Markus Reiher

Head of Laboratory of Physical Chemistry
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Lab. für Physikalische Chemie
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich


Head of Administration

Sara Zimmermann

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HCI E 201
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 2
8093 Zürich

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