Welcome to the van der Veen lab!


We are an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While being part of the Department of Chemistry, our labs and offices are located in the Materials Research Laboratory and we are affiliated with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.



We use ultrafast pump-probe methods to study atomic-scale mechanisms of light-induced processes such as photo-switching, photovoltaics and photocatalysis. Ultrashort probing pulses based on X-rays and electrons allow us to reveal atomic structural changes in the material after laser excitation, while spectroscopic methods are used to unravel energy relaxation pathways.

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Join us!

Postdocs: we are looking for an excellent postdoctoral researcher to work on our ultrafast TEM project!

Graduate students: We are looking for highly motivated students who have a background and interest in physical chemistry, laser spectroscopy, optics, nanomaterials and/or materials chemistry.


Undergraduate students: Do you like to understand the mechanisms of chemical reactions? Are you interested in photochemistry or do you like working with nanoparticles? Send a short CV directly to Prof. van der Veen (renske@illinois.edu).