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Uwe Bergmann

distinguished Staff SCIENTIST
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory  
Principal INvestigator                                                 
Stanford Pulse institute



Short Bio

Uwe Bergmann got his PhD in Physics from Stony Brook University and is a Distinguished Staff Scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Principle Investigator at the Stanford PULSE Institute. His research activities focus on the development and application of novel X-ray spectroscopy techniques based on synchrotron and X-ray laser sources. His scientific interests include studies of the structure of water and aqueous solution, active centers in metalloproteins in particular the photosynthetic splitting of water, hydrocarbons and fossil fuels, funcional 2D materials, and imaging of ancient documents and fossils. Bergmann has done his graduate research at Brookhaven National Laboratory and since worked at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource and the Linac Coherent Light Source, the world's first X-ray free electron laser.
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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
2009-2013 Deputy Director, Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC, Stanford
2010-2012 Consulting with Kirkland & Ellis LLP
2013-2014 Director (Interim), Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC, Stanford, CA
2015- Distinguished Staff Scientist, SLAC, Stanford, CA
2015- Principle Investigator, Stanford PULSE Institute, Stanford, CA
Associate Director, DOE Center ‘Materials Genome Innovation for Computational Software’
Visiting Professor, European Research Platform on Ancient Materials (IPANEMA), Foundation of Heritage Science, FSP, France

Research Interest

Development and application of novel synchrotron and XFEL based hard x-ray methods 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
  • Simultaneous X-ray scattering and spectroscopy

Applications of x-ray spectroscopy and scattering to:  

  • Metalloproteins in bio-catalysis
  • 3d transition metal compounds
  • Water and aqueous solutions
  • Hydrocarbons and fossil fuels
  • 2d layered materials 

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

Postdocs/Research Asociates Advised

Xuena Zhang (2009-10)
Roberto Alonso-Mori (2010-13)
Jan Florian Kern (2010-12), supervision shared with Vittal Yachandra, LBNL Thomas Kroll (2013-15), supervision shared with Junko Yano, LBNL 
Clemens Weninger (2016-), supervision shared with David Fritz, SLAC
Ming-Fu Lin (2016-), supervision shared with David Fritz, SLAC
Thomas Fransson (2016-)
Yu Zhang (2017-)            

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