Hans Riesen is a graduate of the University of Berne, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. degree (Dr.phil.nat.) in 1987 for research with Professor H. U. Güdel on the optical spectroscopy of exchange-coupled binuclear chromium(III) complexes. In 1987, he joined the group of Professor E. Krausz at the Research School of Chemistry (RSC) of the Australian National University (ANU) as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1986 and 1989, he received awards from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Following a short stay in 1989 as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Berne, he held a position of a Research Fellow (RF) at RSC in 1990. In 1992, he was awarded a 5-year ARC research fellowship. In 1994, he was promoted to a Fellow (academic level C) by ANU. In 1998, he joined the University College as a Lecturer. In 2000 and 2004, he was promoted to a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor, respectively. Riesen has pioneered the application of advanced laser spectroscopies to inorganic complexes. In recent years, he has also pioneered the application of inexpensive diode lasers in this field. His present research interest builds on his long-standing experience in this fascinating field. He is particularly interested in light-induced changes in the solid state (spectral hole-burning, etc.), which have a potential in applications such as ultra-high-density (>100 000 gigabyte/cm3) optical storage. He authored about 100 research articles which include two book chapters and several reviews.
Biography Updated on 10 August 2008