2010 series

Home institutions: ETH Zurich, University of Berne

The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "MUST - Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology", opens up new perspectives for the study of molecular systems and time-resolved structural investigations in physics, chemistry and biology.

The NCCR "MUST" focuses on the multidisciplinary development of experimental and theoretical tools. Therefore researchers will investigate chemical reactions and energy-transfer processes at the atomic and molecular level, as well as electron and proton transfer processes with ultra short temporal and spatial resolution. A deeper understanding of matter at microscopic level is crucial for dealing with important social challenges such as the quest for alternative energy sources, the synthesis of complex, functional medicines, or the development of new electronic devices.

Further information on the NCCR:

  • Contact details

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    NCCR Management

    NCCR Director

    Prof. Ursula Keller
    Institut für Quantenelektronik (IQE)
    ETH Zürich
    Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1
    CH-8093 Zürich
    Phone: +41 (0) 44 633 21 46
    keller@phys.ethz.chExternal Link Icon


    Prof. Thomas Feurer
    Institut für Angewandte Physik
    Universität Bern
    Sidlerstrasse 5
    3012 Bern
    Phone: +41 (0) 31 631 89 13
    thomas.feurer@iap.unibe.chExternal Link Icon

    Management / Coordination

    Dr. Jan van Beilen
    Institut für Quantenelektronik (IQE)
    ETH Zürich
    Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1
    CH-8093 Zürich
    Phone: +41 (0) 44 633 29 90
    jan.vanbeilen@phys.ethz.chExternal Link Icon

  • Funding

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    NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institutions involved in the NCCR also contribute a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.

    The SNSF is financing the NCCR MUST in its third funding period.

    Financing 2010 – 2021 (Swiss francs)

    Funding source




    SNSF grant*




    Funds of ETH Zurich*




    Funds of Berne University*




    Group funds of the project participants




    External funds




    * contractually agreed funding

  • Evaluation / Review Panel

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    For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR MUST consists of the following experts:

    Contact person at the SNSF:

    Dr. Stefan Bachmann
    NCCR Team
    Swiss National Science Foundation
    Wildhainweg 3
    3001 Berne
    Phone: +41 (0) 31 308 23 49
    stefan.bachmann@snf.chExternal Link Icon

  • Research structures

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    National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.

    NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.

    Structures created by this NCCR until now:

  • Contributions to society and the economy

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an important role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.

    Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR MUST:

  • Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.

    Measures taken by the NCCR MUST to promote young researchers and gender equality.