My Goal

Our interdisciplinary research focuses on experimental methods for the generation of “molecular movies” – the time-resolved structure determination of matter on ultrafast time scales with atomistic resolution. It is our goal to unravel the dynamics and structure-function relationship of nanomaterials, polymers and bio-macromolecules in order to design new materials and revolutionize medicine.

Work Areas

The Trebbin lab harnesses modern structure determination techniques in combination with state-of-the-art microfluidics. The primarily used characterization methods are X-ray scattering and -diffraction at X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) and synchrotrons as well as cryo-electron microscopy. Using lithography and 3D micro-/nanofabrication techniques, the Trebbin lab creates tailored microfluidic devices that can control smallest fluid volumes, and that are optimized for the mentioned structure determination techniques. This combination does not only enable time-resolved high-resolution structure determination from scarcely available materials, but also the flow synthesis and continuous processing of samples.


Trebbin’s expertise in chemistry includes training in physical chemistry, microfluidics, material sciences and structural biology. He has mentored young scientists from B.Sc. to postdoctoral level in these disciplines. He received his diploma in chemistry at the University of Hamburg (Germany) in 2009 and doctorate degree with Prof. Dr. Stephan Förster at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2013 (summa cum laude). In 2014, after few months as postdoc, he started working as Assistant Professor dedicated to “Ultrafast structure determination in liquids” at the excellence cluster “Centre for Ultrafast Imaging” at the University of Hamburg. In August 2018, Martin Trebbin joined the University at Buffalo and the NSF STC “BioXFEL” to continue his work on ultrafast time-resolved structure determination, microfluidics and 3D micro-/nanofabrication.


    Dr. Martin Trebbin
    Empire Innovation Assistant Professor
    Department of Chemistry, HWI, BioXFEL and RENEW
    University at Buffalo
    State University of New York
    Natural Sciences Complex, Room 760
    Buffalo, New York 14260-3000