The Willitsch Group - Cold and Controlled Molecules and Ions

Welcome to the Cold and Controlled Molecules and Ions group at the University of Basel led by Prof. Stefan Willitsch. Our research is concerned with the preparation and control of cold molecules and molecular ions and their applications in both chemistry and physics. On this website, you can find information about our group, our research, our teaching and opportunities to join us.

Recent news


Ardita wins the prize for best poster 
at the 28th International Symposium on Molacular Beams (ISMB) in Edinburgh. Congratulations, Ardita !

Top 50 chemistry papers 2018 in Nature Communications
Our recent paper on the different reactivities of ortho and para water was selected as one of the top chemistry articles 2018 in Nature Communications

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Our group

Open positions

  • Call for Endress Postdoc Fellows
  • PhD position in molecular quantum technologies within the QUSTEC PhD programme
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Recent publications


P. Fountas, M. Poggio and S. Willitsch,
"Classical and quantum dynamics of a trapped ion coupled to a charged nanowire”, 
New J. Phys. 21 (2019), 013030

Z. Meir, G. Hegi, K. Najafian, M. Sinhal and S. Willitsch,
"State-selective coherent motional excitation as a new approach for the manipulation, spectroscopy and state-to-state chemistry of single molecular ions”
Faraday Discussions 17 (2019), 561

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