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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - SALSA School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof


School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof


SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof, was established at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2012 within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences.


Make and Measure 2020, October 15-17, 2020 online

This year's "Make and Measure" focused on the "Advanced Characterization of Materials" with members, guests and friends of SALSA in discussion sessions, invited presentations and individual exchange. On the occasion of our annual meeting, we also welcomed new associated SALSA fellows from this summer's new SALSA call, and we took the chance to initiate a dedicated collaboration in graduate research in Adlershof together with "Berlin Research 50" (BR50).  A Poster Flash and Presentation with Poster Prize was also part of the format.

More info on the winners of the Poster Prize to follow!



June 2020: SALSA Welcomes Four New Associated Fellows (Call 9) and Four New PIs

We are pleased to welcome Adelina-Elisa Dinter, Arpad Dusa, Jonas Geisler, and Dane Letourneau as new associated SALSA fellows, and Philipp Adelhelm, Zsuzsanna Heiner, Henrike Müller-Werkmeister, and Julia Stähler as new SALSA PIs. 



02.03.2020: A look back at 2019

In 2019 we at SALSA celebrated seven successful years of research and graduate education in Analytical Sciences with our annual Make and Measure symposium. Following the tradition of previous Make and Measure conferences, we invited speakers from different analytical fields. In addition, SALSA PI, fellows and alumni presented the successful research that has been going on in the groups contributing to SALSA and in our Application Labs. During a fruitful panel discussion, the impact and perspectives of Analytical Sciences in the graduate education but also in other fields were discussed.


Another 12 SALSA fellows graduated in 2019. Three of them graduated with summa cum laude and nine with magna cum laude. Congratulations to all of them!


In 2020, we will continue our work within the new framework at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


03.12.2019: Best poster award for SALSA 7th cohort Fellows Tom Lindtner and Victor Manuel Rodriguez Zancajo!

Our 7th cohort Fellows Tom Lindtner and Victor Manuel Rodriguez Zancajo won the best poster prize at the workshop “FTIR Spectroscopy in Microbiological and Medical Diagnostics” held on October 10-11, in Berlin for their collaborative poster "FTIR Microspectroscopy of Organic and Inorganic Components of Plant Cells".

20.09.2019: IRIS Adlershof inivtes to its this year's symposium October 24th, 2019

On October 24th IRIS Adlershof will have its this year symposium. It will take place from 9:00 to 19:30 in the Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum in Adlershof. The symposium focusses on the advancements of IRIS Adlershof especially in the fields of 2D-based Heterostructures, Data Science, Energy Conversion and Emerging Fields. For more information visit the website of IRIS Adlershof.

09.09.2019: SALSA represented at Euroanalysis 2019 in Istanbul

The contributions by SALSA fellows Gergő Péter Szekeres, Öznur Aglar, and Ander Chapartegui at Euroanalysis XX conference, held from September 1-5, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey, were a great success: Gergő Péter Szekeres received the Elsevier Young Scientist Oral Presentation Award (1st place) for his talk on "The protein corona composition sheds light on the fate of intracellular gold nanoparticles". Öznur Aglar and Ander Chapartegui received poster awards for their poster titled "Preparation and binding studies with the START Domain of the Ceramide Transfer Protein (CERT) via Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)" and "Covalently fluorophore functionalized ZIF-8 colloidal particles as a sensing platform for endocrine disrupting chemicals such as phthalates plasticizers", respectively.

SALSA PI Prof. Maria Montes Bayon and SALSA Fellows Gergo Peter Szekeres, Öznur Aglar and Ander Chapartegui (left to right) at Euroanalysis XX in Istanbul. Photo: private, Gergo Peter Szekeres

13.08.2019: SALSA fellow Sinem Palantöken published her first research article

Our 7th cohort Fellow Sinem Palantöken published her first research article on "Cellulose hydrogels physically crosslinked by glycine: Synthesis, characterization, thermal and mechanical properties". The article was published in Journal of Applied Polymer Science and was co-authored by K. Bethke, V. Zivanovic, G. Kalinka, J. Kneipp and K. Rademann.

Congratulations to Sinem and all co-authors!

07.08.2019: Research article by Thomas Schmid (SALSA Application Lab) was picked for the front cover of Journal of Raman Spectroscopy

The recently published paper by the head of our SALSA Application lab Thomas Schmid was picked for the front cover of Journal of Raman spectroscopy. The article is titled "Raman band widths of anhydrite II reveal the burning history of high‐fired medieval gypsum mortars" and was co-authored by Robert Jungnickel and Petra Dariz.

Congratulations to Thomas and all co-authors!

19.07.2019: Best poster award for SALSA 7th cohort Fellow Gergő Péter Szekeres!

Our 7th cohort Fellow Gergő Péter Szekeres won the best poster prize at the 7th international symposium on metallomics in Warsaw, Poland for his poster "Mass spectrometric analysis of the hard protein corona on intracellular gold nanoparticles".

Gergő joined SALSA in late 2016 and is being supervised by Prof. Janina Kneipp (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Maria Montes-Bayon (University Oviedo).




SALSA Fellow Gergo Peter Szekres at 7th international symposium on metallomics in Warsaw, Poland. Photo: private, Gergo Peter Szekeres

27.05.2019: Research paper by SALSA Fellow Narendra L. Venkatareddy was featured in Advanced Science News

Our Fellow Narendra L. Venkatareddy recently published his research on Mussel‐Glue Inspired Adhesives in Advanced Materials Interfaces (original article). Now his publication was also featured in Advanced Science News (feature).

Congrats Narendra!


25.03.2019: SALSA Speaker Prof. Ulrich Panne receives the Emich Plakette!

SALSA is proud to announce that our SALSA speaker Prof. Ulrich Panne has been awarded the Emich Plakette by the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry for his outstanding  achievments in research and teaching in the field of Analytical Chemistry. The award was handed over at Anakon 2019.


31.01.2019: SALSA an official partner of the Einstein Center for Catalysis (EC2), SALSA Speaker Prof. Janina Kneipp nominated to EC2 Executive Board

We are happy to announce that SALSA has extended its longstanding collaboration with Technical University Berlin in the area of catalysis-related analytical research, as established via several SALSA PI and with researchers of the Cluster of Excellence Unifying Concepts of Catalysis.

As of 2019, SALSA is an official partner of the new Einstein Center for Catalysis (EC2). Our Speaker, Prof. Janina Kneipp, as well as SALSA PI Prof. Stefan Hecht, were elected to the Executive Board of EC2.

Find more information here and read up on the Einstein Center and its PhD research offers here.


09.01.2019: HU Department of Chemistry colloquium with Dr. Zsuzanna Heiner

On January 9, 2019, Zsuzsanna Heiner, SALSA's Julia-Lermontova postdoctoral fellow and head of our Photonics Application Lab, will present her work in the colloquium of HU Chemistry Department.

Where: Lecture hall 0'06 at the HU Chemistry Department

When: 5.15 p.m.

Title: "Molecular structures at interfaces from vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy".


01.01.2019: A quick look back at 2018, SALSA Alumni and Alumnae

Since our first fellows graduated in 2016, we had established a SALSA tradition of acknowledging their graduation achievements individually on our homepage, giving credit to their supervisors and groups and referring to their grades. Many of our fellows liked having this public record of their achievement.


SALSA Fellows sharing a laugh during presentations, SALSA Summer University 2017,
photo: HU, Daniel Pasche

With the renewed General Data Protection Regulation (General Data Protection Regulation, OJ L 119, 04.05.2016; cor. OJ L 127, 23.05.2018), however, there are too many ambiguities as to what information and under which circumstances, exactly, we are allowed to share when it comes to personal achievements of Fellows and Alumni and Alumnae as long as grades are involved. So with some regret, we have deleted all those individual listings of doctoral graduations from our homepage.

However, we would be remiss if we did not at least proudly announce that in 2018, a further 16 SALSA Fellows successfully completed their doctoral degrees, graduating from Humboldt-Universität, the University of Potsdam and Technical University Berlin.

Congrats to all of you!