Invited speakers

Vít Svoboda

Vít Svoboda, born 1990, started his scientific career at the age of 16 at J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry in Prague under the supervision of Dr. Ondrej Votava. He was constructing external cavity diode lasers for applications in high-frequency resolved spectroscopy. For this work, he was awarded The Grammar School Student Award by The Learned Society of the Czech Republic. He obtained his master’s degree in Physical Chemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague. He was awarded The Rector’s prize for excellent studying results (grade average of 1.00) and his master thesis was awarded by The Werner von Siemens Prize for the best master thesis in the Czech Republic in 2015.

For PhD, he moved to ETH Zurich (Switzerland) where he was working under the supervision of Prof. Hans Jakob Woerner. He was expanding the field of ultrafast spectroscopy of small molecules as well as large clusters using high harmonic generation. During his PhD, he established a new field of femtochirality by performing the first experiments and theoretical calculations demonstrating time-resolved chiral dynamics during photoinduced reactions. After graduation in 2019, he continued in the same group as a postdoc on the first experimental demonstration of high harmonic generation from liquids. Besides the experimental work, he was also doing theoretical calculations of time-resolved X-ray absorption spectra in the water window.

Currently, he is a postdoc in the group of Prof. David Nesbitt at JILA (Boulder, Colorado), where he works on spin dynamics in chiral molecules on metallic surfaces using time-, energy-, and angle-resolved scanning photoelectron imaging microscopy.

He has presented 20 invited talks and 10 popularization lectures. He has published more than 20 papers in high-impact journals including Science, Nature Chemistry, Science Advances, Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, or Physical Review Letters, with more than 430 citations (h-index 8). He is a co-author of a book chapter and a masters-degree textbook.


Dr. Vít Svoboda

JILA, University of Colorado Boulder

and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Boulder, CO 80309

United States of America