Henry Chapman leads the Coherent X-Ray Imaging division at the Center for Free Electron Laser Science at DESY, and is a professor of physics at the University of Hamburg. His work exploits the tremendous new capabilities of X-ray free-electron lasers, which deliver X-ray pulses that are a billion times more intense than synchrotron radiation, to determine the structure and dynamics of complex materials including macromolecules. He led landmark experiments at FLASH (DESY) and the LCLS (SLAC) that demonstrated the possibility to “outrun” radiation damage with fast pulses and obtain atomic-resolution images from room temperature protein nanocrystals. His group develops algorithms, instrumentation, and methods for 3D imaging with FEL pulses and collaborates with leading structural biologists around the world.

Academic career

Since 2007 Founding Director of CFEL Coherent Imaging Group, DESY
Since 2007 Professor of Physics (W3), University of Hamburg
1996-2007 Physicist, LLNL
1996 Postdoctural Research Staff member, LLNL
1992-1996 Postdoctural Research Associate, Dept. of Physics, SUNY at Stony Brook, NY
1989-1992 Postgraduate Research fellow, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Clayton, Vic., Australia
1989-1992 University of Melbourne, Australia, Ph.D. (Physics)
1988 University of Melbourne, Australia, B.Sc. (Hons.) (Physics)
1985-1987 University of Melbourne, Australia, B.Sc. (Physics)


Optical Society of America, Fellow
SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering), Member
Materials Research Society, Member


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Photo Henry Chapman