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Senior Staff Scientist, Next Generation Light Source Initiative, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


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Dr. Robert Schoenlein is a Senior Staff Scientist at Berkeley Lab with active research programs in both the Materials Sciences Division (where he leads the Ultrafast Materials Program) and in the Chemical Sciences Division as a principal investigator in the Ultrafast X-ray Science Laboratory.  He recently served as the Deputy Director for Science at the Advanced Light Source, and is presently the scientific lead for the Next Generation Light Source Initiative, which is developing the scientific and technical case for a new soft X-ray free-electron laser facility at Berkeley Lab.

Schoenlein received SB, SM, and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984, 1986, and 1989 respectively. In 1989 he joined Berkeley Lab as a postdoctoral fellow, where his research included ultrafast studies of the first step in vision and studies of electron dynamics in semiconductor nanocrystals. In 1994 he received the Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America for the development of novel femtosecond spectroscopic methods and their application to fundamental studies of metals, semiconductors, and molecules. Current research activities are in the application of ultrafast x‑ray spectroscopy and diffraction techniques to investigate atomic and electronic structural dynamics in condensed matter including transition-metal complexes, molecular dynamics in solution, and photo-induced phase transitions in correlated electron systems.