Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nathalie Kunkel


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
Tammannstr. 4
37077 Göttingen
Room 108/1.146
Email: nathalie.kunkel[at]uni-goettingen.de
Phone: +49 551 39 21800

TU München
Chair for Inorganic Chemistry with Focus on Novel Materials
Lichtenbergstr. 4
85747 Garching b. München
Room 47104
Phone: +49 89 289 13109


Professional experience

  • 2019 tenure track professor (Juniorprofessor W1 tt W2) at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2019 guest professor at the TU München
  • 2016-2018 group leader of a Liebig Junior Research Group and TUM Junior Fellow at the TU München
  • 2014-2016 Postdoctoral researcher, Materials for Photonics and Opto-Electronics, Crystals and Quantum State Dynamics Team, PLS Research University, Chimie ParisTech, CNRS Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris
  • 2014 Scientific assistant at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Leipzig University


  • 2010-2014 Ph. D. (summa cum laude), Saarland University
  • 2006-2010 Diplom in chemistry (degree with honours)

Awards and fellowships


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Invited talks

[20] N. Kunkel, Novel Mixed Anionic Hydrides , GDCh-Weihnachtskolloquium, 12.12.2019, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

[19] N. Kunkel, Leuchtendes mit H, Quantenspeicher und mehr…, Bier und Brezel Vortrag, 29.11.2019, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

[18] N. Kunkel, Illuminating hydrides – rare earth metal ions as local probes, Göttinger Chemie-Forum, 04.07.2019, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

[17] N. Kunkel, Seltene Erden – von Lumineszenz, lokalen Sonden und Quantenspeichern, 21.05.2019, Universität Kiel (AC-Kolloquium), Germany.

[16] N. Kunkel, Rare Earth Ions as Local Probes and for Optical Materials, 03.05.2019, Molecules Meet Solids – Inorganic  Chemistry with Focus on Novel Materials, TU Munich, Garching, Germany.

[15] N. Kunkel, Rare earth ions as local probes for novel materials and quantum information, 17.12.2018, Physics Seminar Series (Seminario Dpto. Física de Materiales), Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

[14] N. Kunkel, Rare earth ions as local probes for novel materials and quantum information, 09.08.2018, Chemistry and Material Science Seminar Series, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.

[13] N. Kunkel, Rare earth ions as local probes in hydrides, 25.06.2018, TU Darmstadt, Germany.

[12] N. Kunkel, Seltene Erden – von Lumineszenz, lokalen Sonden und Quantenspeichern, 21.06.2018, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (AC-Kolloquium), Bonn, Germany.

[11] N. Kunkel, Rare-earth ions as local probes in hydrides and mixed anionic hydrides, 21. Steinheimer Gespräche für den Hochschullehrernachwuchs, 14.-16.06.2018, Mainz, Germany.

[10] N. Kunkel, Materialien für Energie- und optische Anwendungen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 04.05.2018, Germany.

[9] N. Kunkel, Design and characterization of optical materials with europium, 07.09.2017, Université d’Artois, France.

[8] N. Kunkel, T. Wylezich, Illuminating hydrides, AC@TUM Get Together Symposium, 24.-25. 04.2017, TUM Academy Center Raitenhaslach, Germany.

[7] N. Kunkel, Synthese und optische Eigenschaften europiumhaltiger Verbindungen, 08.03.2017, LMU Munich, Germany.

[6] N. Kunkel, From an experimentalist’s point of view- How theory can complement the experiment, From  Atoms via Molecules to Solids – A Symposium on Theoretical Studies Dedicated to Prof. Michael Springborg on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday, 21.-22.04.2016, Saarbrücken, Germany.

[5] N. Kunkel, Design und Charakterisierung europiumdotierter Materialien für optische Anwendungen, Technical University Dortmund, 23.02.2016, Germany.

[4] N. Kunkel, C. Reichert, M. Springborg, D. Wallacher, H. Kohlmann, Hydrogenation properties of LixSr1-xAlSi studied by quantum-chemical methods (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) and in-situ neutron powder diffraction (x = 1), 7th Joint BER II and BESSY II User Meeting, 2015, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany.

[3] N. Kunkel, Talk at the award ceremony of the Dr. Eduard-Martin foundation, 22.10.2015, Saarland University, Germany.

[2] N. Kunkel, Europium – von Lumineszenz und Metallhydriden zu Quantenspeichern, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 26. 03. 2015 , Germany.

[1] N. Kunkel, Leuchtende Metallhydride mit Eu(II) – Talk at the award ceremony of the Wilhelm-Klemm foundation, Hemdsärmelkolloquium 2015, Munich, Germany.


Conference contributions


[15] N. Kunkel, Rare earth ions as local probes in novel mixed-anionic hydrides and designing materials using (de)hydrogenation reactions, ATUMS Annual Meeting, 10.-15.11.2019, Canmore, Canada.

[14] T. Wylezich, A. Mutschke, N. Kunkel, Optical properties of rare earth doped mixed anionic hydrides and borohydrides, Tage der Seltenen Erden – Terrae Rarae 2019, 30.05-01.06.2019, Stockholm, Sweden.

[13] N. Kunkel, Optical probes and energy materials, SFB1073 Winter School 2019, 10.-14.02.2019, Hirschegg, Austria.

[12] N. Kunkel, Rare earth ions as local probes for materials and for quantum information, 2nd Germany-Brazil Bilateral Workshop ‘New light on mechanisms of chemical reactions’, 04.12.-06.12.2018, São Paulo, Brazil.

[11] N. Kunkel, Rare earth luminescence in hydrides (Session introductionary talk), 28.08.2018, 5th International Conference on the Physics of Optical Materials and Devices, Igalo, Montenegro.

[10] N. Kunkel, Leuchtendes mit H, Hemdsärmelkolloquium 2018, Leipzig, Germany.

[9] N. Kunkel, Ph. Goldner, Coherence spectroscopy as a tool for the characterization of local environments of rare-earth doped materials, Annual meeting of the German Crystallographic Society (DGK) 2016, Stuttgart, Germany.

[8] N. Kunkel, A. Ferrier, C. W. Thiel, M. O. Ramírez, L. E. Bausá, R. L. Cone, A. Ikesue, Ph. Goldner, Narrow inhomogeneous linewidths and long spectral hole lifetimes in Eu3+-doped highly transparent ceramics, 5th IWASOM, 2015, Gdansk, Poland.

[7] N. Kunkel, Atomare Kohärenz trotz Unordnung?, Hemdsärmelkolloquium 2015, Munich, Germany.

[6] N. Kunkel, A. Meijerink, H. Kohlmann, Eu(II)-Lumineszenz in hydridischen Perowskiten, Mitteldeutsches Anorganiker Nachwuchssymposium, 2014, Freiberg, Germany.

[5] N. Kunkel, A. Meijerink, H. Kohlmann, Eu(II) luminescence in mixed hydride fluorides and overview on hydride host lattices, Terrae Rarae, 2014, Köln, Germany.

[4] N. Kunkel, Eu(II) als Aktivator in hydridischen Perowskitgittern, Seminar zur Festkörperchemie 2014, Hirschegg, Austria.

[3] N. Kunkel, A. Meijerink, H. Kohlmann, Bright yellow and green luminescence of Eu(II) in LiMH3 and LiMD3 (M=Sr, Ba) and the first observation of a vibronic fine structure in the spectra of Eu(II) in a hydridic matrix, Terrae Rarae, 2013, Stuttgart, Germany.

[2] N. Kunkel, Leuchtende Europiumhydride, Gesamtkolloquium der Graduiertenförderung der Hochschulen des Saarlandes 2012, Saarbrücken, Germany.

[1] N. Kunkel, Lumineszenz von Europium in Erdalkalihydriden, Seminar zur Festkörperchemie, 2011, Hirschegg, Austria.