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Christina Kjær is am a postdoctoral researcher at Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University (AU).
My research revolves around the interaction between visible light and biomolecules, and I am particularly excited about the emission of light from these molecules, fluorescence. The most widely known fluorophores in nature are the green fluorescent protein that gives some jellyfish their bright green fluorescence and oxyluciferin which is responsible for the yellow light emission from fireflies. Such fluorophores are often located in protein pockets where interactions with the surrounding environment modulate the transition energy (color) and the ability to fluoresce. By taking the fluorophores out of their protective pockets and studying them isolated in the gas phase, I can disentangle different environmental interactions and obtain knowledge about the intrinsic properties of the molecules themselves. Recently, I have constructed a unique instrument (LUNA2) for fluorescence experiments on isolated and cold ions in vacuo, which enables us to study a wider range of molecules with higher resolution and precision. Only one other group in the world can do these experiments on ions at temperatures less than 100 K!
Studying physics did not only bring countless hours in the laboratory and exciting research results but also a study buddy who is now my partner in life. We live together outside of Aarhus with our 1-year-old daughter.
The committee will select a winner, who will be announced at an award ceremony at the KIF Annual Meeting on October 13th, 2021.
The winner will be notified in writing beforehand and invited to give a talk following the ceremony.