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Research interests

Julia Even's research focuses on exotic, atomic nuclei far away from the valley of stability. In particular the interest lies on the heaviest nuclei and nuclei relevant for the synthesis processes of heavy element.

Together with her team she develops new experimental setup to produces, separate, and study these nuclei. In particular, the team wants to measure the nuclear masses with highest precision to get direct access to the nuclear binding energies.


Currently, the group of Julia Even works on three main projects that have been funded by NWO and ERC.


In 2022, the NWO ENW-XL grant "Probing the phase diagram of quantum chromodynamics" has been awarded to a  consortium of researchers from the University of Utrecht, University of Amsterdam, Nikhef and University of Groningen. The consortium will look at the strong force from all angles. Julia Even is one of the co-PI. She and her team will in particular study the masses of neutron-rich nuclei and test their impact on the simulation of kilonovae and the rapid neutron capture process.

In 2018, Julia Even has been awarded with an ERC Starting grant for the NEXT project. NEXT focuses on "heavy, Neutron-rich, EXotic nuclei produced in multi-nucleon Transfer reactions".

Multi-nucleon transfer reactions using actinide targets hold the potential for the discovery of new isotopes in the transfermium region.  These will provide access to information on the evolution of nuclear shell structure and fission half-lives in the heavy element region. Xe-136 induced transfer reactions with lead or platinum can provide access to the closed neutron-shell N=126, the 3rd waiting point of the astrophysical r-process. Due to the large angular distribution of the transfer products, sample preparation for mass measurements and decay spectroscopy studies remains challenging a. So far, no separator dedicated to the production of heavy elements with multi-nucleon transfer reaction has been build.

In the NEXT project, a solenoid spectrometer will be combined with a Multi Reflection-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer (MR-ToF MS) in order to overcome experimental limitations. The setup will be installed at the AGOR cyclotron at PARTREC in Groningen. The solenoid spectrometer provides a large angular acceptance for transfer products. With help of the MR-ToF MS masses in the region around mendelevium towards the subneutron shell closure N=162 and exotic nuclei around the 3rd waiting point of the r-process will become accessible.

In 2017, Julia Even has been awarded with a NWO Natuurkunde Projectruimte to "catch doubly magic tin-100".  Tin-100 is located at the proton-drip line near the end of the rapid proton capture process. Within the project, a new chemical separation technique is under development to prepare clean sample for high precision mass measurements with SHIPTRPAP at GSI, Darmstadt.


Julia Even began her career in academia with her studies in Chemistry at the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, where she earned her Diploma degree from October 2002 to February 2008. During her diploma studies, she spent a research semester from September 2005 to March 2006 at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Later, she conducted her diploma under the guidance of Prof. J.V. Kratz at the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz from July 2007 to February 2008. From April 2008 to December 2011 she was a PhD student at the in the group of Prof. J.V. Kratz at Mainz University and in the superheavy element chemistry group at GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, Darmstadt, Germany. She worked on superheavy element research and developed experimental techniques to chemical properties of superheavy elements on a one-atom-at-a-time scale. During this period, she conducted research stays at JAEA, Tokai, Japan, and RIKEN, Wakoshi, Japan, in October 2009 and November 2009.

She defended her PhD in December 2011 and started her Postdoc position at the Helmholtz Institute Mainz and was embedded in the superheavy element chemistry group at GSI, Darmstadt. During her first postdoc she led two experimental campaigns at the GARIS separator at RIKEN, Wakoshi, Japan to study the Gas-phase chemistry of Sg(CO)6 and to establish a novel compound class of superheavy elements. She was received an ARCEBS-14 Young Scientist Award, January 13, 2014, Kolkatta, India to recognize her contribution in nuclear chemistry.

End of 2014, she received a DAAD fellowship to work at TRIUMF, Vancouver, Canada where she joined the TITAN group. During her stay at TRIUMF from January 2015 to January 2016, she gained expertise in precision mass measurements of short-lived nuclei.

In 2016, she moved to Groningen as a Rosalind Franklin Fellow, which allowed her to establish her own research line in nuclear chemistry. The same year she was invited speaker at the 160th Nobel Symposium "Chemistry and Physics of Heavy and Superheavy Elements", May 29-June 3 2016, Sweden acknowledging her contributions to the field. She has received an NWO projectruimte grant in 2017. In 2018 she got an prestigious ERC starting grant. Since July 2021, she is tenured associate professor at the university of Groningen. She is consortium member in the NWO ENW XL grant 2022 “Probing the phase diagram of quantum chromodynamics”.

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