Light and Molecules

Mario Barbatti's Research Group


officeWelcome to Light and Molecules by Mario Barbatti.

This website is dedicated to present the work of my research group at the Institut de Chimie Radicalaire of the Aix-Marseille University in Marseille, France.

Our research is mainly focused on nonadiabatic processes occurring after molecular photoexcitation. These investigations are done using quantum-chemical and excited-state dynamics simulations. I’m also the designer and one of the main developers of the Newton-X program.

I earned a PhD in physics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2001. In 2008, I was granted a Habilitation (Privatdozent) to teach quantum chemistry at the University of Vienna, where I was a postdoc fellow with Hans Lischka. From 2010 to 2015, I’ve been a group leader at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, Germany. In 2015, I moved to Marseille where I was appointed as a professor of a chair of excellence A*Midex.

You can also find a more informal account of my views on science in my personal blog, Much Bigger Outside.

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The research in my group is mainly supported by the Excellence Initiative of the Aix-Marseille University (A*MIDEX), funded by the French Government “Investissements d’Avenir” program.

We also count on the support from: