Patrick Zobel

University of Vienna
Institute of Theoretical Chemistry
Währinger Str. 17
1090 Vienna

+43 1 4277 52767

Focus Area
We study the ultrafast excited-state dynamics of small aromatic molecules containing nitro groups. These molecules constitute widespread environmental pollutants and exhibit quite unexpected physical properties upon photoactivation. They can undergo a process called intersystem crossing on a time scale of hundreds of femtoseconds making them very efficient photosensitizers. The ultrafast nature of this process may not readily be explained by common quantum-chemical models, thus giving a fundamental character to this study on its own.
Awards & Prizes
  • 2014 Doctoral Fellowship Program of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (DOC-Stipendium der OAW)
  • 2013 Dr. Sophie Bernthsen Award of the University of Heidelberg for excellent performance in the study of chemistry
  • 2012 BASF scholarship of the ‘Excellence in Molecular Chemistry’ program funded by the Institutes of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry of the University of Heidelberg

  1. J. P. Zobel, J. J. Nogueira, and L. Gonzalez.
    Quenching of charge transfer in nitrobenzene induced by nuclear motion.
    J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6 3006-3011 (2015)
  2. J. P. Zobel, N. V. Kryzhevoi, and M. Pernpointner.
    Communication: Electron transfer mediated decay enabled by spin-orbit interaction in small krypton/xenon clusters.
    J. Chem. Phys. 140 161103 (2014)
  3. M. Pernpointner, J. P. Zobel, E. Faßhauer, and A. N. Sil.
    Spin-orbit effects, electronic decay and breakdown phenomena in the photoelectron spectra of iodomethane.
    Chem. Phys. 407 39-45 (2012)
  4. M. Pernpointner, J. P. Zobel, and N. V. Kryzhevoi.
    Strong configuration interaction in the double ionization spectra of noble gases studied by the relativistic propagator method.
     Phys. Rev. A, 85 012505 (2012)