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Germán Sciaini

Professor, Chemistry; Canada Research Chair in Atomically-Resolved Dynamics & Ultrafast High-Resolution Imaging

Research interests: Femtosecond electron diffraction; ultrafast electron microscopy; femtosecond non-linear optical techniques


Professor Germán Sciaini is a world expert in the field of ultrafast structural dynamics. He received his degree of Licentiate in Chemistry and PhD with distinction from the University of Buenos in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Since 2006, as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and later on as a Group Leader at the Max Planck for Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Sciaini has been developing state-of-art instrumentation for the study of dynamical phenomena with prerequisite spatial (10-10 m) and temporal (10-13 s) resolutions to capture atoms in motion.

Sciaini joined the University of Waterloo as an Associate Professor in January 2014.  He has co-authored more than 30 publications in total; including 1 Science report, 3 Nature reports, and 3 extensive review articles.

Sciaini is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in “atomically resolved dynamics and ultrafast high-resolution imaging”, he is heading the Ultrafast electron Imaging Laboratory, at the Department of Chemistry, which is home of a time-resolved electron diffraction setup and an ultrafast high-resolution electron microscope.


  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2006

German Sciaini

University of Waterloo