#04 - Theoretical chemist Dr. Elisa Palacino Gonzalez (MBI): quantum chemistry and stand-up comedy

The guest of the fourth episode of the Marthe Vogt Podcast is a postdoctoral researcher of Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy Dr. Elisa Palacino Gonzalez.

We discussed what makes up the job of a theoretical chemist, and how it differs from the regular chemist. Elisa told why she likes to have multiple hobbies and shared her experience as a stand-up comedian.


Elisa Palacino Gonzalez graduated with a Licenciatura in Chemistry from the Universidad de Extremadura, Spain in 2013. Then she moved to Munich, Germany to join the Theoretical Chemistry group of Prof. Wolfgang Domcke from the Technical University of Munich, where she worked on her master thesis in the field of theoretical spectroscopy, until 2014.

She continued her research in this field with her PhD studies in the “theory of nonlinear optical spectroscopy of molecular ensembles and single molecules” from 2014 to 2019. In her doctoral work she developed numerical methods to simulate and analyze nonlinear time-resolved optical spectroscopic signals of molecular model systems following the interaction with several UV pulses of femtosecond duration.

Following this strong interest in the field of molecular spectroscopy, after finishing her PhD in 2019, she moved to Berlin to join the group of Dr. Benjamin Fingerhut at the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy as a postdoctoral researcher. Since then she has been extending her expertise in theoretical spectroscopy and quantum dynamics to study vibrational problems in the infrared regime in close collaboration with the experimental group of Prof. Thomas Elsaesser.


The interview was conducted by Natalia Stolyarchuk.

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