Research Groups

Research Groups at the Faculty of Physics

Experimental Physics


Prof. Dr. Uwe Bovensiepen
Ultrafast phenomena in solids and at interfaces

Prof. Dr. Richard Kramer Campen
Structure and Dynamics of Solid/Liquid Interfaces in and out of equilibrium

Prof. Dr. Michael Farle
Magnetism of low-dimensional systems, self-organization, spin- and orbital magnetism

Jun. Prof. Dr. Manuel Gruber
Condensed matter imaging in the time domain

Prof. Dr. Michael Horn-von Hoegen
Nano-structuring of surfaces, metallic quantum wires

Prof. Dr. Axel Lorke
Semiconductors, nanostructures, optical spectroscopy, transport properties

apl. Prof. Dr. Frank Meyer zu Heringdorf
Surface microscopy

Prof. Dr. Martin Mittendorff
Time resolved THz spectroscopy, 2D materials

Prof. Dr. Rolf Möller
Electronic surface states and organic molecular crystals

apl. Prof. Dr. Hermann Nienhaus
Chemical sensors and electronic devices

Prof. Dr. Marika Schleberger
Two-dimensional materials, ultra-intensive electronic excitation via energetic ions

Prof. Dr. Martina Schmid
Resource-efficient conversion of solar energy: multi-optical concepts for solar cells

Prof. Dr. Claus M. Schneider
Complex magnetic systems and materials, magnetism in reduced dimensions, spintronics, magnetodynamics, instrumentation and development of experimental methods

apl. Prof. Dr. Klaus Sokolowski-Tinten
High intensity laser - solid interactions, high energy density science, ultrafast structural dynamics in solids and nano-structures/-particles, ultrafast phase transitions and laser ablation

Prof. Dr. Heiko Wende
Nanoscale magnetic hybrid structures, electronic and local geometric structure, element specific investigations by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and Mössbauer spectroscopy

Prof. Dr. Andreas Wucher
Particle-surface-interaction, instrumental surface and thin film analytics

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wurm
Planet formation, Mars, granular and cohesive matter, microgravity research



Priv.-Doz. Dr. Paul Geller

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Ulf Wiedwald

Theoretical Physics


Prof. Dr. Karin Everschor-Sitte
Topological Whirls In SpinTronics

Prof. Dr. Thomas Guhr
Quantum chaos and statistical physics of complex systems, econophysics and mathematical physics

Prof. Dr. Klaus Hornberger
Quantum dynamics of complex systems; open quantum systems; quantum-to-classical transition

apl. Prof. Dr. Boris S. Kerner
Traffic theory, traffic simulation

Prof. Dr. Jürgen König
Quantum transport in nanostructures, spintronics, diagrammatic transport theory

Prof. Dr. Peter Kratzer
First-Principles and Statistical Methods in Materials Physics

Prof. Dr. Samir Lounis
Functional Nanoscale Structure Probe and Simulation

Prof. Dr. Rossitza Pentcheva
Ab-initio theory of nanoscale electronics, spntronics and energy-relevant materials; emergent interface-induced electronic phenomena; topologically nontrivial phases

Prof. Dr. Michael Schreckenberg
Physics of transport and traffic, traffic simulation, modeling and analysis of dynamic transportation systems

Prof. Dr. Björn Sothmann

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Wolf
Molecular dynamics simulations, granular matter, morphology and structure of nanoparticles, thin film growth and growth kinetics


Heisenberg Group

Dr. Eric Parteli
Multiscale Simulation of Earth Surface Processes


NRW Returnee Group

Dr. Christopher J. Stein
Theory of molecular processes at interfaces



Priv.-Doz. Dr. Markus Gruner

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Alfred Hucht

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Andreas Osterloh

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Daniel Waltner

Didactic of Physics


Prof. Dr. Hendrik Härtig
Influence and relationship between students‘ scientific literacy and language abilities

Prof. Dr. Heike Theyßen
Assessment and promotion of experimental skills; knowledge development