Dr. Chavdar Slavov

Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Goethe University, Frankfurt



Published and accepted

* - as a corresponding author

  • T. Fischer, L. J. G. W van Wilderen, P. Gnau, J. Bredenbeck, L.-O. Essen, J. Wachtveitl, C. Slavov*, "Ultrafast Photoconversion Dynamics of the Knotless Phytochrome SynCph2", Int. J. Mol. Sci., 22 (2021) 10690


  • J. Weissbecker, C. Boumrifak, M. Breyer, T. Wießalla, V. Shevchenko, T. Mager, C. Slavov, A. Alekseev, K. Kovalev, V. Gordeliy, E. Bamberg, J. Wachtveitl, "The voltage dependent sidedness of the reprotonation of the retinal Schiff base determines the unique inward pumping of Xenorhodopsin", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 60 (2021) 23010.
XeR dynamics 2021


  • B. Mravec, S. Budzak, M. Medved, L. Pašteka, C. Slavov, T. Saßmannshausen, J. Wachtveitl, J. Kozisek, L. Hegedüsová, J. Filo, M. Cigáň, "Design of High Performance Pyridine/Quinoline Hydrazone Photoswitches", The J. Org. Chem., 86 (2021) 11633.
Hydrazones synthesis and dynamics 2021


  • P. Eberhardt, C. Slavov, J. Sörmann, C. Bamann, M. Braun, J. Wachtveitl, "Temperature Dependence of the Krokinobacter rhodopsin 2 Kinetics", Biophys. J., 120 (2021) 568.
KR2 dynamics 2020


  • T. Fischer, Q. Xu, K.-H. Zhao, W. Gärtner, C. Slavov*, J. Wachtveitl, "Effect of the PHY domain on the photoisomerization step of the forward Pr → Pfr conversion of a knotless phytochrome", Chem. Eur. J., 26 (2020) 17261.
g1g2 dynamics_2020


  • C. Slavov*, T. Fischer, A. Barnoy, H. Shin, A. G. Rao, C. Wiebeler, X. Zeng, Y. Sun, Q. Xu, A. Gutt, K.-H. Zhao, W. Gärtner, X. Yang, I. Schapiro, J. Wachtveitl, "The interplay between chromophore and protein determines the extended excited state dynamics in a single-domain phytochrome", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 117 (2020) 16356.


  • L. Čechová, J. Filo, M. Dračínský, C. Slavov, D. Sun, Z. Janeba, T. Slanina, J. Wachtveitl, E. Procházková, M. Cigáň, "Polysubstituted 5-Phenylazopyrimidines Extremely Fast Non-Ionic Photochromic Oscillators", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 59 (2020) 15590.
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  • C. Slavov, C. Yang, A. H. Heindl, H. A. Wegner, A. Dreuw, and J. Wachtveitl, "Thiophenylazobenzene – an alternative photoisomerization controlled by lone pair∙∙∙π interaction", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 59 (2020) 380.


  • C. Boumrifak, C. Yang, S. Bellotto, H. A. Wegner, J. Wachtveitl, A. Dreuw, C. Slavov*, "Isomerization dynamics of electronically coupled but thermodynamically decoupled bisazobenzenes", ChemPhotoChem, 3 (2019) 411.
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    DOI: 10.1002/cptc.201900077




  • C. Slavov, C. Yang, A. H. Heindl, T. Stauch, H. A. Wegner, A. Dreuw, and J. Wachtveitl, "Twist and Return – Induced Ring Strain Triggers Quick Relaxation of a (Z)-Stabilized Cyclobisazobenzene", J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 9 (2018) 4776.


  • D. Farci, C. Slavov, D. Piano, "Coexisting properties of thermostability and ultraviolet radiation resistance in the main S-layer complex of Deinococcus radiodurans", Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 17 (2018) 81.


  • C. Slavov, C. Yang, L. Schweighauser, H. A. Wegner, A. Dreuw, J. Wachtveitl, "Ultrafast excited-state deactivation dynamics of Cyclotrisazobenzene - a novel type of UV-B absorber", ChemPhysChem., 18 (2017) 2137.


  • M. Pescher, L. van Wilderen, S. Gruetzner, C. Slavov, J. Wachtveitl, S. Hecht, J. Bredenbeck, "Ultrafast light-driven substrate expulsion from the active site of a photoswitchable catalyst", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56 (2017) 12092.


  • C. Slavov, C. Yang, L. Schweighauser, C. Boumrifak, A. Dreuw, H. A. Wegner, Josef Wachtveitl, "Connectivity matters - Ultrafast isomerization dynamics of bisazobenzene photoswitches", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18 (2016) 14795, (Cover Article).


  • C. Slavov, C. Boumrifak, C. A. Hammer, P. Trojanowski, X. Chen, W. J. Lees, J. Wachtveitl, and M. Braun, "The ultrafast reactions in the photochromic cycle of water-soluble fulgimide photoswitches", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18 (2016) 10289.


  • C. Slavov, V. Schrameyer, M. Reus, P.J. Ralph, R. Hill, C. Büchel, A.W.D. Larkum, A.R. Holzwarth, "Super-quenching" state protects Symbiodinium from thermal stress - implications for coral bleaching", Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Bioenerg. 1857 (2016) 840.


  • J. Thevarpadam, I. Bessi, O. Binas, D. P. N. Gonҫalves, C. Slavov, H. R. A. Jonker, C. Richter, J. Wachtveitl, H. Schwalbe, A. Heckel, Photoresponsive Formation of an Intermolecular Minimal G-Quadruplex Motif, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55 (2016) 2738.


  • D. Farci, C. Slavov, E. Tramontano and D. Piano, The S-layer protein DR_2577 binds deinoxanthin and under desiccation conditions protects against UV-radiation in Deinococcus radiodurans, Front. Microbiol., 7 (2016) 155.


  • C. Slavov, N. Bellakbil, J. Wahl, K. Mayer, K. Rück-Braun, I. Burghardt, J. Wachtveitl, M. Braun, Ultrafast coherent oscillations reveal a reactive mode in the ring-opening reaction of fulgides, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 17 (2015) 14045.


  • C. Slavov, X. Xu, K.-h. Zhao, W. Gärtner, J. Wachtveitl, Detailed insight into the ultrafast photoconversion of the cyanobacteriochrome Slr1393 from Synechocystis sp, Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Bioenerg., 1847 (2015) 1335.


  • C. Slavov*, H. Hartmann, J. Wachtveitl, Implementation and Evaluation of Data Analysis Strategies for Time-Resolved Optical Spectroscopy, Anal. Chem., 87 (2015) 2328.


  • D. Chatterjee, C.E. Eckert, C. Slavov, K. Saxena, B. Fürtig, C.R. Sanders, V.V. Gurevich, J. Wachtveitl, H. Schwalbe, Influence of arrestin on the photodecay of bovine rhodopsin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 54, (2015) 13555.


  • P. Trojanowski, J. Plötner, C. Grünewald, F.F. Graupner, C. Slavov, A.J. Reuss, M. Braun, J.W. Engels, J. Wachtveitl, Photo-physical properties of 2-(1-ethynylpyrene)-adenosine: influence of hydrogen bonding on excited state properties, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 16 (2014) 13875.


  • C. Slavov, M. Reus, A.R. Holzwarth, Two Different Mechanisms Cooperate In The Desiccation-Induced Excited State Quenching In Parmelia Lichen, J. Phys. Chem. B, 117 (2013) 11326.


  • M.G. Müller, C. Slavov, R. Luthra, K.E. Redding, A.R. Holzwarth, Independent initiation of primary electron transfer in the two branches of the photosystem I reaction center, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 107 (2010) 4123.


  • C. Slavov, M. Mansurova, A.R. Holzwarth, W. Gärtner, Excited State Processes in 1-Deazariboflavin Studied by Ultrafast Fluorescence Kinetics, Photochem. Photobiol., 86 (2010) 31.


  • C. Slavov, E. El-Mohsnawy, M. Rögner, A.R. Holzwarth, Trapping kinetics in isolated cyanobacterial PS I complexes, Chem. Phys., 357 (2009) 163.


  • K. Mishev, D. Stefanov, K. Ananieva, C. Slavov, E.D. Ananiev, Different effects of dark treatment on pigment composition and photosystem I and II activities in intact cotyledons and primary leaves of Cucurbita pepo (zucchini), Plant Growth Regul., 58 (2009) 61.


  • C. Slavov, M. Ballottari, T. Morosinotto, R. Bassi, A.R. Holzwarth, Trap-Limited Charge Separation Kinetics in Higher Plant Photosystem I Complexes, Biophys. J., 94 (2008) 3601.


  • V. Doltchinkova, K. Georgieva, N. Traytcheva, C. Slavov, K. Mishev, Melittin-induced changes in thylakoid membranes: particle electrophoresis and light scattering study, Biophys. Chem., 109 (2004) 387.