Eva Åkesson is a Professor of Chemical Physics. She completed her undergraduate education in chemistry and her doctoral education in physical chemistry at Umeå University. She did her postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota, USA. She was selected as senior researcher by the Research Council in the field Photochemical Reaction Mechanisms 1996.
In 1996, she was employed by Lund University, and, besides doing research, she also worked as a teacher and director of studies. During the years 2003-2008 she was Vice-Rector of Lund University with special responsibility for undergraduate education and the Bologna Process. From 2009 to 2011 she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lund University, with special responsibility for basic and advanced level studies issues, quality work, and related internationalisation matters.
Eva Åkesson has primarily pursued research in femtochemistry – a field that makes use of ultrafast spectroscopy to follow chemical reactions and dynamics on a time scale of chemical bond making and braking. She has studied various isomerisations, dissociation reactions, and electron transfers. Her research has also addressed energy conversion in artificial systems for solar cells. Of special interest in her research has been the study of how the surroundings (solvents) can influence and change these reactions and dynamics in various ways.