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Mr. Amir Wand



Ph.D. Student (Graduated)

Institute of Chemistry and the Farkas Center for Light-Induced Processes

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram, Jerusalem, 91904,

E-Mail: amir.wand@mail.huji.ac.il

Tel: (+972-2) 65-86322

Full Academic CV and List of Publications (Updated June 2013).

Amir acknowledges the support of the Adams Fellowship Program of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Areas of Interest:

  • Photochemistry of Retinal Proteins (RPs).

  • Impulsive Vibrational Spectroscopy (IVS) of polyatomics in solution and its implementation to "interesting" systems (such as RPs).

  • Coherent control and chirp effects on vibrations in electronic ground state and excited state.


  •  Physical Chemistry A: Kinetics (2008,2009,2010,2011) - Teaching Assistant.
    Teaching Surveys: 2009 , 2010 , 2011 (not held in 2008).


Lecture Notes from Recitation Classes (in Hebrew).
 סיכומי תרגולים בכימיה פיסיקלית א': קינטיקה


  •  Physical Chemistry Lab (2010,2011,2012,2013) - Lab Assistant (Supervising Assistant since 2011).


Ph.D. Thesis:

"Investigation of Photobiology with Advanced Ultrafast Spectroscopy"

(February, 2014).


M.Sc. Thesis:

"Chirp Effects on Impulsive Vibrational Spectroscopy: a Multimode Perspective"

(December, 2009).
(PDF, in English)



Selected Posters (click on the thumbnails to enlarge posters to full size):


Probing How Initial Retinal Configuration Controls Photochemical Dynamics in Retinal Proteins
(Prepared for Science Faculty Day, HUJI, 2012)





Ultrafast Investigation of Excited State Dynamics of the Photochromic Anabaena Sensory Rhodopsin
(Work presented orally at Time Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy (TRVS) 2011, Switzerland)






Mapping Chirp Effects on Impulsive Vibrational Spectroscopy in Multidimensional Systems
(Presented at Ultrafast Phenomena (UP) 2010, USA)





Chirp Effects on Vibrational Wave Packets in Large Molecules: a Multimode Perspective
(Winner of Science Faculty Day, HUJI 2009, 3rd place)






  1. R. Rozin, A. Wand, K. -H. Jung, S. Ruhman and M. Sheves,
    "pH-Dependence of Anabaena Sensory Rhodopsin: Retinal Isomer Composition, Rate of Dark Adaptation and Photochemistry"
    J. Phys. Chem. B, DOI: 10.1021/jp504688y (2014). (PDF)


  2. J. P. Kraack,* A. Wand,* T. Buckup, M. Motzkus and S. Ruhman
    "Mapping Multidimensional Excited State Dynamics Using Pump-Impulsive-Vibrational-Spectroscopy and Pump-Degenerate-Four-Wave-Mixing",
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.,
    15, 14487-14501
    (2013). (PDF)
    (* Equal Contribution)

  3. A. Wand, I. Gdor, J. Zhu, M. Sheves and S. Ruhman
    "Shedding New Light on Retinal Protein Photochemistry",
    Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem., 64, 437-458 (2013).
    (Invited Review; PDF)

  4. A. Wand, B. Loevsky, N. Friedman, M. Sheves and S. Ruhman
    "Probing Ultrafast Photochemistry of Retinal Proteins in the Near-IR: Bacteriorhodopsin and Anabaena Sensory Rhodopsin vs. Retinal Protonated Schiff Base in Solution",
    J. Phys. Chem. B, 117, 4670-4679 (2013). (PDF)


  5. A. Wand, N. Friedman, M. Sheves and S. Ruhman,
    "Ultrafast Photochemistry of Light-Adapted and Dark-Adapted Bacteriorhodopsin: Effects of the Initial Retinal Configuration",
    J. Phys. Chem. B, 116, 10444-10452 (2012). (PDF)


  6. A. Wand, R. Rozin, T. Eliash, K. -H. Jung, M. Sheves and S. Ruhman,
    "Asymmetric Toggling of a Natural Photoswitch: Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Anabaena Sensory Rhodopsin",
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 20922-20932 (2011). (PDF)

  7. A. Kahan,* A. Wand,* S. Ruhman, S. Zilberg and Y. Haas,
    "Solvent Tuning of a Conical Intersection: Direct Experimental Verification of a Theoretical Prediction"
    J. Phys. Chem. A., 115, 10854-10861 (2011). (PDF)
    (* Equal Contribution)


  8. B. Loevsky, A. Wand, O. Bismuth, N. Friedman,
    M. Sheves and S. Ruhman,

    "A New Spectral Window on Retinal Protein Photochemistry"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 1626-1629 (2011). (PDF)

  9. A. Wand, S. Kallush, O. Shoshanim, O. Bismuth,
    R. Kosloff and S. Ruhman,

    "Chirp Effects on Impulsive Vibrational Spectroscopy: a Multimode Perspective"
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 12, 2149-2163 (2010). (PDF)

  10. J. Zhu, O. Bismuth, I. Gdor, A. Wand, N. Friedman,
    M. Sheves and S. Ruhman,

    "Comparing Photochemistry of n- and tert-butylamine All-Trans Retinal Protonated Schiff-Base: Effects on C=N Configurational Inhomogeneity"
    Chem. Phys. Lett., 479, 229-233 (2009). (PDF)



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