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Uwe Bergmann

distinguished Staff SCIENTIST
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory                               

Principal INvestigator                                                  Stanford Pulse institute



1986: 'Pre-Diplom'
Physics University of Karlsruhe, Germany


Physics University of Hamburg, Germany
1994: Ph.D. Physics
State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY

Professional Experience

1994-1996 Postdoc at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France
1994-1996 Postdoc at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France
1996-1999 Postdoctoral Fellow Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
1999-2003 Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
2000-2003 Assistant Researcher at Department of Applied Science, University of California, Davis
2001-2003 Chair Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory Users' Organization Executive Committee
2003-2007 Staff scientist at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), SLAC, Stanford
2007-2015 Senior Staff scientist, SLAC, Stanford
2009-2012 Member of the California Executive Committee of the American Physical Society
2009 Head of Chemical & Materials Science & User Support Department, SSRL, SLAC, Stanford
2009-2014 Deputy Director, Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC, Stanford
2010-2012 Consulting with Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Director (Interim), Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC, Stanford, CA



Distinguished Staff Scientist, SLAC, Stanford, CA

Principle Investigator, Stanford PULSE Institute, Stanford, CA

Research Interest

Development and application of novel synchrotron based hard x-ray spectroscopic techniques including:


  • Nuclear resonant scattering
  • Non-resonant x-ray Raman scattering
  • Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering
  • X-ray emission spectroscopy
  • Selective x-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • X-ray fluorescence imaging

Applications of x-ray spectroscopy to:


  • Metalloproteins in bio-catalysis
  • 3d transition metal compounds
  • Water and aqueous solutions
  • Hydrocarbons and fossil fuels

Applications for x-ray fluorescence imaging to:


  • Ancient parchment writings including the ‘The Archimedes Palimpsest’
  • Medical studies of brain tissue
  • Fossils including the Archaeopteryx and Confuciusornis Sanctus


Synergetic Activities

Co-founding of Berkeley Spectroscopy Club, a lecture series that ran for two years until my departure from LBNL, see
Co-founding of the SLAC Public Lecture Series, see

Fellowships, Awards and Honors

SLAC Employee Recognition Award, 2004
Proposal Review Panel member at National Synchrotron Light Source, 2005-2007
Member of the California Executive Committee of the American Physical Society, 2009-2012


Diplom Erich Gerdau, Hamburg University Ph.D. Peter Stephens, Stony Brook University, Jerry Hastings, NSLS, D. Peter Siddons, NSLS Postdoctoral Francesco Sette, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility Stephen P. Cramer, UC Davis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Students Advised

Undergraduate students (SULI program):
Kevin Reynolds, Isabella Griffin, Manisha Turner

Niclas Zeller 

High school students:
Jessica Lee, Bryce Cronkite-Ratcliff

Stanford Freshman Students Advised

(2011/12) Charles C Cox, Darren Hau, Michael A Lublin, Delaney M Sztraicher, Justine Y Zhang

Hashim Ali AlAwami, Asli Kimya, Michael P McKenna, Ines Lizaur

Post Docs/Research Asociates Advised

Xuena Zhang (2009-2010)
Roberto Alonso Mori (2010-2013)
Jan Florian Kern (2010-2012), supervision shared with Vittal Yachandra from LBNL Thomas Kroll (2013-), supervision shaered with Junko Yano from LBNL 

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