A7: Josef Wachtveitl

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Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie
N120 / 2. OG / Raum Nr. 2.24
Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
Max-von-Laue-Str. 7
60438 Frankfurt am Main,
Phone +49 (0)69 798-29351
Homepage AK Wachtveitl

Personal data

Date/Place of birth 06/26/1960 in Waldkirchen


1986 Diploma, Faculty of Physics, University of Regensburg
1993 Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.), Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Munich and Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Dept. Membrane Biochemistry (Prof. D. Oesterhelt), Martinsried

Research Experience

1998 Habilitation, Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
2000-2004 Professor (C3) for Physical Chemistry, Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Goethe University, Frankfurt
2004 Full Professor for Biophysics and Physical Chemistry (C4), Institute for Biophysics (FB 13, Physics) and Institute for Physical und Theoretical Chemistry (FB 14, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences), Goethe University, Frankfurt

Honors and Awards

1988-91 Kekulé-Fellow, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie e.V. (VCI)
1994 EU-Fellow “Human Capital and Mobility Programme”
2006 Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence “Macromolecular Complexes”
2006-11 Member of the Gustav-Hertz Prize Committee
2007, 2008 Award for Excellence in Teaching of the Department
2013- Member of the DFG Committee on Scientific Instrumentation

Ten most relevant publications (2009-2014)

Stehle J, Silvers R, Werner K, Chatterjee D, Gande S, Scholz F, Dutta A, Wachtveitl J, Klein-Seetharaman J & Schwalbe H (2014) Characterization of the simultaneous decay kinetics of metarhodopsin states II and III in rhodopsin by solution-state NMR spectroscopy. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53: 2078–84. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201309581.
Gatterdam V, Ramadass R, Stoess T, Fichte MAH, Wachtveitl J, Heckel A & Tampé R (2014) Three-dimensional protein networks assembled by two-photon activation. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53: 5680–4. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201309930.
Mehler M, Scholz F, Ullrich SJ, Mao J, Braun M, Brown LJ, Brown RCD, Fiedler SA, Becker-Baldus J, Wachtveitl J & Glaubitz C (2013) The EF loop in green proteorhodopsin affects conformation and photocycle dynamics. Biophys. J. 105: 385–97. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bpj.2013.06.014.
Staudt H, Hoesl MG, Dreuw A, Serdjukow S, Oesterhelt D, Budisa N, Wachtveitl J & Grininger M (2013) Directed manipulation of a flavoprotein photocycle. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 52: 8463–6. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201302334.
Neumann-Verhoefen M-K, Neumann K, Bamann C, Radu I, Heberle J, Bamberg E & Wachtveitl J (2013) Ultrafast infrared spectroscopy on channelrhodopsin-2 reveals efficient energy transfer from the retinal chromophore to the protein. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135: 6968–76. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja400554y.
Reckel S, Gottstein D, Stehle J, Löhr F, Verhoefen M-K, Takeda M, Silvers R, Kainosho M, Glaubitz C, Wachtveitl J, Bernhard F, Schwalbe H, Güntert P & Dötsch V (2011) Solution NMR structure of proteorhodopsin. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50: 11942–6. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201105648.
Dworak L, Matylitsky V V., Braun M & Wachtveitl J (2011) Coherent Longitudinal-Optical Ground-State Phonon in CdSe Quantum Dots Triggered by Ultrafast Charge Migration. Phys. Rev. Lett. 107: 247401. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.247401.
Hempelmann F, Hölper S, Verhoefen M-K, Woerner AC, Köhler T, Fiedler S-A, Pfleger N, Wachtveitl J & Glaubitz C (2011) His75-Asp97 cluster in green proteorhodopsin. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133: 4645–54. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja111116a.
Förster U, Grünewald C, Engels JW & Wachtveitl J (2010) Ultrafast dynamics of 1-ethynylpyrene-modified RNA: a photophysical probe of intercalation. J. Phys. Chem. B 114: 11638–45. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp103176q.
Matylitsky V V, Dworak L, Breus V V, Basché T & Wachtveitl J (2009) Ultrafast charge separation in multiexcited CdSe quantum dots mediated by adsorbed electron acceptors. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131: 2424–5. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja808084y.