Németh, Zoltán

Zoltán Németh, PhD
Senior Research Fellow

Phone: +36 1 392 2222 ext. 1371
email: nemeth.z (at) wigner.hu

Zoltán Németh has received his PhD at the Laboratory of Nuclear Chemistry of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest in 2008. His research work focused on iron and cobalt based oxides with intriguing magnetic properties. While becoming a Mössbauer spectroscopist, he investigated many iron, tin and europium based compounds like organometallics, polymers, semiconductors, catalysts, etc.
Meanwhile, he became attracted to synchrotron x-ray spectroscopic investigations on (mainly) cobalt oxides and iron complexes, and joined the X-ray spectroscopy group at his present employer, the Wigner RCP. This enabled him to increase the frequency of performing experiments at synchrotrons, as well as to increase the frequency of the measurements in the experiments, that is, to study picosecond and (at x-ray free-electron lasers) femtosecond dynamics in molecular systems.
One of his favorite recent tasks was the realization of a novel laboratory scale high energy resolution von Hámos X-ray spectrometer, which can bring synchrotron grade X-ray absorption and X-ray emission spectroscopy to any research institute, university or non academic lab.

Degrees and positions

2014-Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2012-2014Research Fellow at the Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2010-2011Assistant Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
2008/2009Matsumae Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo, Japan
2004-2010Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of Chemistry, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
2002-2008PhD degree in Nuclear Chemistry, Eötvös Loránd University, "Investigation of colossal magnetoresistive materials with Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization measurements", summa cum laude
1997-2002Master's degree in Chemistry, Eötvös Loránd University, with specialisation in Spectroscopic Investigations and Theoretical Chemistry.


2014-2017 Bolyai János Research Fellowship
2014 Györgyi Géza Prize
2011 “Emerging Mössbauer Scientists” Award from the Mössbauer Effect Database Center
2010/2011 Magyary Zoltán Fellowship
2007/2008 Deák Ferenc Fellowship (given by the Ministry of Education and Culture)
2002,2004Hevesy György Award for Best Young Lecturer (given by the Radiochemical Committee of Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Research grants

2017-2021 National Research, Development and Innovation Fund (NKFIH FK 124460)
2018-2019 Visegrad Grant No. 21820326

Role in scientific community

2018- elected member of IBAME (International Board on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect)
2018- Head of the Work Committee on Nuclear Techniques for Structural Methods of the Chemistry Division of the HAS

  • Electronic structure and local environment of transition metal ions
  • Magnetic properties of transition metal oxides


  • High energy resolution X-ray spectroscopy
  • Mössbauer spectroscopy

Google Scholar Profile

Scientometric data: (MTMT 07.Sep.2020)

    Number of publications: 63
    Citations (independent): 784(528)
    Cumulative impact factor: 134.811

Selected publications

  • Kunnus, K ; Vacher, M ; Harlang, TCB ; Kjær, KS ; Haldrup, K ; Biasin, E ; van Driel, TB ; Pápai, M ; Chabera, P ; Liu, YZ et al.
    Vibrational wavepacket dynamics in Fe carbene photosensitizer determined with femtosecond X-ray emission and scattering
    Nature Communications 11 : 1 Paper: 634 , 11 p. (2020)
  • Katayama, T. ; Northey, T. ; Gawelda, W. ; Milne, C.J. ; Vankó, G. ; Lima, F.A. ; Bohinc, R. ; Németh, Z. ; Nozawa, S. ; Sato, T. et al.
    Tracking multiple components of a nuclear wavepacket in photoexcited Cu(I)-phenanthroline complex using ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy
    Nature Communications 10 (2019) 3606 DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11499-w
  • Z. Németh, J. Szlachetko, É. G. Bajnóczi and G. Vankó
    Laboratory von Hámos X-ray spectroscopy for routine sample characterization
    Review of Scientific Instruments 87: 103105 (2016)
  • Sophie E Canton, Kasper S Kjær, György Vankó, Tim B van Driel, Shin-ichi Adachi, Amélie Bordage, Christian Bressler, Pavel Chabera, Morten Christensen, Asmus O Dohn, Andreas Galler, Wojciech Gawelda, David Gosztola, Kristoffer Haldrup, Tobias Harlang, Yizhu Liu, Klaus B Møller, Zoltán Németh, Shunsuke Nozawa, Mátyás Pápai, Tokushi Sato, Takahiro Sato, Karina Suarez-Alcantara, Tadashi Togashi, Kensuke Tono, Jens Uhlig, Dimali A Vithanage, Kenneth Wärnmark, Makina Yabashi, Jianxin Zhang, Villy Sundström, Martin M Nielsen: Visualizing the non-equilibrium dynamics of photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer with femtosecond X-ray pulses
    Nature Communications 6, Article number: 6359 (2015)
  • György Vankó, Amelie Bordage, Mátyás Pápai, Kristoffer Haldrup, Pieter Glatzel, Anne Marie March, Gilles Doumy, Alexander Britz, Andreas Galler, Tadesse Assefa, Delphine Cabaret, Amelie Juhin, Tim B van Driel, Kasper S Kjær, Asmus Dohn, Klaus B Møller, Henrik T Lemke, Erik Gallo, Mauro Rovezzi, Zoltán Németh, Emese Rozsályi, Tamás Rozgonyi, Jens Uhlig, Villy Sundstrom, Martin M Nielsen, Linda Young, Stephen H Southworth, Christian Bressler, Wojciech Gawelda: Detailed Characterization of a Nanosecond-Lived Excited State: X-ray and Theoretical Investigation of the Quintet State in Photoexcited [Fe (terpy) 2] 2+
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 119 (11), 5888-5902 (2015)
  • Z Németh, A Szabó, K Knížek, M Sikora, R Chernikov, N Sas, C Bogdán, DL Nagy: Microscopic origin of the magnetoelectronic phase separation in Sr-doped LaCoO_ {3}
    Phys. Rev. B 88 035125. (2013)