2-5 October 2018
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Prof. Marco Kirm





















Prof. Marco Kirm

Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia

A Role of Large Scale Facilities in the Development of Novel Functional Materials

Marco Kirm, born 1965, is a professor of experimental physics at Institute of Physics, University of Tartu. He graduated University of Tartu cum laude as a physicist in 1991 and obtained his PhD „ Spectroscopy of highly charged ions, small molecules and solids under VUV excitation”, supervised by Prof. Indrek Martinson, at Lund University in 1995. During 1997-2004 he worked at Hamburg University in the group of Prof. Georg Zimmerer as a post-doctoral researcher. As a beam-line scientist he was responsible for operation of the famous SUPERLUMI station (HASYLAB, DESY), designed for luminescence spectroscopy in VUV. Since 2004 after returning to Estonia, Marco Kirm has been in duties of a research director and director of Institute of Physics at University of Tartu. He was a Vice Rector for Research of University of Tartu during 2012-2017. In 2012 Marco Kirm was elected to the Latvian Academy of Sciences as a foreign member. In 2013 he received Baltic Assembly medal for the development of cooperation between Baltic States.

His research interests cover wide range of novel functional wide gap materials (incl. nanomaterials) applicable as LED phosphors, scintillators. He is also carrying out research on basic phenomena such as relaxation processes of electronic excitations and their dynamics by luminescence spectroscopy in wide time, temperature and energy range; ultrafast radiative processes (applications in PET tomography); creation of radiation defects in wide gap solids. He also focuses on novel optical diagnostics methods for thin dielectric films, optical materials and actively contributes to development luminescence spectroscopy setups under synchrotron radiation in Lund and Hamburg. His publication list includes 244 papers cited more than 3000 times (h-index 30) in the Web of Science.

In European Research Area he has been acting as an Estonian representative at the COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology, EU) in “Materials science, physics and nanosciences” domain committee. The INTERREG Baltic Sea Region innovation projects “Science Link” (2011-2014) and “Baltic Tram” (2016-2019) with a focus on access of large scale facilities and university labs by enterprises for their R&D are under the leadership of Marco Kirm in Estonia.   

He has been organising various international scientific and educational events as chairperson: European Science Olympiade EUSO2016 (Tartu, May 7-14, 2016); 9th International Conference on Luminescent Detectors and Transformers of Ionizing Radiation – LUMDETR 2015 (20-25.09.2015, Tartu); Conference on functional materials and nanotechnologies FM&NT-2013 (in Tartu, April 21-24, 2013) and the most recent FM&NT-2017 held in Tartu April, 24 – 27, 2017.

Marco Kirm’s continuously updated complete CV can be found at the Estonian Research Portal.

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