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. 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, in press.
  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
  1. Circularly polarized luminescence from Tb(III) interacting with chiral polyether macrocycles
    Alexandre Homberg, Federica Navazio, Antoine Le Tellier, Francesco Zinna, Alexandre Fürstenberg, Céline Besnard, Lorenzo Di Bari, and Jérôme Lacour
    Dalton Trans. 2022, 51(43), 16479-16485
  1. 30th International Conference on Photochemistry (ICP2021): an Introduction by the Guest Editors
    Alexandre Fürstenberg and Tatu Kumpulainen
    Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2022, 21(9), 1557-1558
  1. HydroFlipper membrane tension probes: Imaging membrane hydration and mechanical compression simultaneously in living cells
    José García-Calvo, Javier López-Andarias, Jimmy Maillard, Vincent Mercier, Chloé Roffay, Aurélien Roux, Alexandre Fürstenberg, Naomi Sakai, and Stefan Matile
    Chem. Sci. 2022, 13(7), 2086-2093


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!