Dr. MER Marcel Drabbels


Marcel Drabbels studied experimental physics at the University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and in 1993 obtained his Ph.D. at that same university. He then moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara where he studied the dynamics of highly vibrationally excited molecules and developed a new detection technique to study the photodissociation of molecules. When he returned to the Netherlands in 1996 he joined the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam. There he worked on the development of new types of infrared imaging and streak cameras. In 1997 Dr. Drabbels was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and he moved to the Free University of Amsterdam. There he studied the collision dynamics of molecules and initiated photodissociation experiments using ultrafast lasers. As of 1. October 1998 he is appointed as MER at the Chemistry department of the EPFL. Here he studies the spectroscopy and dynamics of nanoscale systems.

Academic Positions

1998– Senior Lecturer (MER), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
1997–1998 Fellow of the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1996–1997 Research associate, FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1993–1996 Post-doctoral researcher, University of California at Santa Barbara, U.S.A.

Education

1993 Ph.D. in Physics, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
1989 M.Sc. in Experimental Physics, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Selected Honors and Awards

2008 Prix Polysphères, elected best teacher by students in the faculty of Basic Sciences
1997 Research fellowship of the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences