Welcome to the Fürstenberg group website

Our general research interests lie in the development and application of optical spectroscopic and microscopic tools to address quantitatively chemical and biological questions at the molecular scale, with an emphasis on single-molecule techniques using smart fluorescence sensors to study biomolecular structure and dynamics. We are interested in understanding and controlling the photophysics of fluorescent probes in order to use them as quantitative local probes of their direct environment. Our routine portfolio of techniques encompasses single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging, super-resolution imaging, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, and fluorescence lifetime measurements in the bulk or at the single-molecule level.



  1. Local Water Content in Polymer Gels Measured With Super-Resolved Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
    Sankar Jana, Oleksii Nevskyi, Hannah Höche, Leon Trottenberg, Eric Siemes, Jörg Enderlein, Alexandre Fürstenberg, and Dominik Wöll
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2024, 63(10), e202318421
  1. Symmetry and Rigidity for Boosting Erbium-Based Molecular Light-Upconversion in Solution
    Soroush Naseri, Inès Taarit, Hélène Bolvin, Jean-Claude Bünzli, Alexandre Fürstenberg, Laure Guénée, Giau Le-Hoang, Mohsen Mirzakhani, Homayoun Nozary, Arnulf Rosspeintner, and Claude Piguet
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62(50), e202314503
  1. Seeking Brightness in Molecular Erbium-Based Light Upconversion
    Inès Taarit, Filipe Alves, Amina Benchohra, Laure Guénée, Bahman Golesorkhi, Arnulf Rosspeintner, Alexandre Fürstenberg, and Claude Piguet
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145(15), 8621-8633


October 2, 2023: Nicolas Borgnana joined the group as a PhD student. Welcome back to the lab Nicolas!

February 6, 2023: Congratulations to Dr. Jimmy Maillard who successfully defended his PhD!

January 6, 2023: Ekaterina Bestsennaia joined the group as a PhD student. Welcome to Geneva Katia!

December 8, 2022: Congratulations to Dr. Levente Juhasz who successfully defended his PhD!