Professor, Materials Research Laboratory
Professor, Head of Materials Research Laboratory


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Areas of expertise

Synchrotron radiation
ion mass spectroscopy
electron spectroscopy
coincidence spectroscopy
molecular dynamics
ultrafast processes
radiation damage
molecular structure;


My research is focussed on fundamental studies of the interaction of small quantum systems (such as molecules, multimers of biomolecules, small clusters) with light -- x-rays and ionizing UV radiation.The ultrafast processes that occur in the femtosecond-scale following the absorption of energy are the key for understanding many phenomena such as radiation damage in DNA and other biomolecules, light-activated processes (such as vision or many catalytic processes) but also the action and efficiency of radiosensitizing agents in cancer therapy.

Our research is based on advanced spectroscopic methods such as multiparticle coincidence spectroscopy, actively utilizing large international infrastructures: SACLA free-electron laser in Japan,  EuXFEL in Germany, MAX-IV synchrotron in Sweden. We are also active in designing and building new instruments for these facilities. The research is carried out withing the framework of large international collaborations, closely involving also theoretical calculations and modeling.


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Photodissociation of bromine-substituted nitroimidazole radiosensitizers (2023)

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Pihlava Lassi, Berholts Marta, Niskanen Johannes, Vladyka Anton, Kooser Kuno, Stråhlman Christian, Eng-Johnsson Per, Kivimäki Antti, Kukk Edwin
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Disentangling sequential and concerted fragmentations of molecular polycations with covariant native frame analysis (2022)

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
McManus Joseph W., Walmsley Tiffany, Nagaya Kiyonobu, Harries James R., Kumagai Yoshiaki, Iwayama Hiroshi, Ashfold, Michael N. R., Britton Mathew, Bucksbaum Philip H., Downes-Ward Briony, Driver Taran, Heathcote David, Hockett Paul, Howard, Andrew J., Kukk Edwin, Lee Jason W. L., Liu Yusong, Milesevic Dennis, Minns Russell S., Niozu Akinobu, Niskanen Johannes, Orr-Ewing Andrew J., Owada Shigeki, Rolles Daniel, Robertson Patrick A., Rudenko Artem, Ueda Kiyoshi, Unwin James, Vallance Claire, Burt Michael, Brouard Mark, Forbes Ruaridh, Allum Felix
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))