Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne
Professor for Instrumental Analytical Chemistry at the Humboldt University and director of the department of “Analytical Chemistry; Reference Materials” at the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
Ulrich Panne, born in 1964, studied Chemistry with a focus on Analytical Chemistry at the University Dortmund and the UCL London. He received his diploma in analytical chemistry (1989) and changed for his Ph.D. studies on time-resolved fluorescence sensors to the Technical University Munich.
Between 1993 and 1995, he established a new laboratory on „Laser Spectroscopy in Atmospheric Chemistry” at the European Joint Research Center Ispra, Italy. Subsequently, he started a working group on applied laser spectroscopy at the Institute for Water Chemistry, Technical University Munich.
His work on development of spectrochemical methods in environmental and process analysis lead to his habilitation in Analytical Chemistry in 2001. He declined a chair on Analytical Chemistry at the University Leipzig 2004 and accepted the chair for Instrumental Analytical Chemistry at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. In addition, he is directing since then the department of “Analytical Chemistry; Reference Materials” at the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin.
U. Panne received scholarships of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, and the European Union. In 1996, he was awarded the Fachgruppenpreis der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) for Analytical Chemistry, in 2002 followed the Adolf-Martens-Award of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing for „application of laser-induced plasma spectroscopy in process analysis“. He received the Fresenius-Preis for Analytical Chemistry of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker in 2009.
His research topics
The personal research interests of Prof. Ulrich Panne are focused on instrumental chemical analysis. Central to his work is the development of new spectrochemical methods for analytical challenges. Through new in situ and on line monitoring and screening methods, his group provided new insights into the chemical dynamics of complex matrices in process and environmental analysis.
At present, his work is mainly devoted to the instrumental and methodological combination of elemental and molecular spectroscopy. The recent integration of laser-induced plasma spectroscopy and Raman microscopy allows for example characterization of heterogeneous solid samples such as structured materials and environmental matrices on a µm-scale.
Emission spectroscopy with laser plasmas, LIBS, is now well established for a variety of analytical applications ranging from analysis of 1500°C hot glass melts to in-situ and on-site analysis of hydrocolloids and aerosols.
Other research activities are dedicated to the application of an ultrasonic trap for levitation of liquid samples. In this way, not only very small sample volumes can be handled in spectroscopy, but also fundamental processes such as crystallization can be observed in a wall-less environment.