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TAUTZ, F. Stefan Prof. Dr.

Photo of Prof. Dr. F. Stefan TAUTZ
Principal InvestigatorForschungszentrum JülichPeter Grünberg Institut (PGI-3)Phone: +49-2461 61-4561Link: Project A12 (Tautz/Bocquet/Kumpf)Link: Biography


Surface and interface science; electron and X-ray diffraction; photoelectron microscopy and tomography; low temperature scanning probe microscopy

University Education

2001Habilitation in Experimental Physics, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany
1990-1994University of Cambridge (UK), Graduate Studies in Experimental Physics (PhD), supervisor: Professor Gilbert Lonzarich
1989-1990University of Cambridge (UK), Graduate Studies in Theoretical Physics (MPhil), supervisor: Professor Volker Heine
1986-1989Universität Hamburg, Germany, Undergraduate Studies in Physics

Professional Experience

since 2007Director, Peter Grünberg Institute, Functional Nanostructures at Surfaces (PGI-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich
since 2007W3 Professor, Chair Experimental Physics IV A, Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
2001-2007Associate Professor of Physics, International University Bremen (as of 01.01.2007: Jacobs University Bremen)
2001wissenschaftlicher Oberassistent (C2), Technische Universität Ilmenau
1995-2001wissenschaftlicher Assistent (C1), Technische Universität Ilmenau
1994-1995Postdoc, van der Waals-Zeeman Laboratory, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Honours, Awards and other Proofs of Qualification

2016Invitation as Core Member of the Long Program “Understanding Many-Particle Systems with Machine Learning” at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of California Los Angeles
since 2014Co-Director of the section “Fundamentals of Future Information Technology” of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA)
2007Offer of a Full Professorship at Jacobs University Bremen (declined)
1993Scholarship, Cambridge Philosophical Society
1991-1993Scholarship, James-Clerk-Maxwell Studentship in Experimental Physics
1990-1991Scholarship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
1989-1990Scholarship, Dr. Carl Duisberg-Stiftung für das Auslandsstudium deutscher Studenten

Selected Publications

  1. M. Eremtchenko, J. A. Schaefer, F. S. Tautz
    Understanding and tuning the epitaxy of large aromatic adsorbates by molecular design
    Nature 425, 602 (2003).
  2. A. Hauschild, K. Karki, B. C. C. Cowie, M. Rohlfing, F. S. Tautz, M. Sokolowski
    Molecular distortions and chemical bonding of a large π-conjugated molecule on a metal surface
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 036106 (2005).
  3. R. Temirov, S. Soubatch, A. Luican, F. S. Tautz
    Free-electron-like dispersion in an organic monolayer film on a metal substrate
    Nature 444, 350 (2006).
  4. R. Temirov, A. C. Lassise, F. Anders, F. S. Tautz
    Kondo effect by controlled cleavage of a single-molecule contact
    Nanotechn. 19, 065401 (2008).
  5. G. Mercurio, E. R. McNellis, I. Martin, S. Hagen, F. Leyssner, S. Soubatch, J. Meyer, M. Wolf, P. Tegeder, F. S. Tautz, K. Reuter
    Structure and energetics of azobenzene at Ag(111): Benchmarking semi-empirical dispersion correction approaches
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 036102 (2010).
  6. C. Weiss, C. Wagner, C. Kleimann, M. Rohlfing, F. S. Tautz, R. Temirov
    Imaging Pauli repulsion in scanning tunneling microscopy
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 086103 (2010).
  7. C. Wagner, N. Fournier, V. G. Ruiz, K. Müllen, M. Rohlfing, A. Tkatchenko, R. Temirov, F. S. Tautz
    Non-additivity of molecule-surface van der Waals potentials from force measurements
    Nat. Comm., 5, 5568 (2014).
  8. C. Wagner, M. F. B. Green, P. Leinen, T. Deilmann, P. Krüger, M. Rohlfing, R. Temirov, F. S. Tautz
    Scanning Quantum Dot Microscopy
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 026101 (2015), editor’s selection.
  9. S. Weiß, D. Lüftner, T. Ules, E. M. Reinisch, H. Kaser, A. Gottwald, M. Richter, S. Soubatch, G. Koller, M. G. Ramsey, F. S. Tautz, P. Puschnig
    Exploring three-dimensional orbital imaging with energy-dependent photoemission tomography
    Nature Comm. 6, 8287 (2015).
  10. T. Esat, B. Lechtenberg, T. Deilmann, C. Wagner, P. Krüger, R. Temirov, M. Rohlfing, F. B. Anders, F. S. Tautz
    A chemically driven quantum phase transition in a two-molecule Kondo system
    Nature Phys., doi:10.1038/nphys3737 (2016).


  1. F. S. Tautz, R. Temirov, S. Subach, Method for examining a sample (US-Patent No. 8,347,410 B2 (2013)).
  2. T. Ruslan, C. Weiss, F. S. Tautz, Method for measuring the force interaction that is caused by a sample (US-Patent No. 8,832,860, B2 (2014)).
  3. F. S. Tautz, R. Temirov, C. Wagner, M. F. B. Green, Rastersondenmikroskop sowie Verfahren zur Messung lokaler elektrischer Potentialfelder (PCT/DE2016/000021 (2016)).

THOMPSON, Joshua Dr.

PostdocPhilipps-Universität MarburgDepartment of PhysicsPhone: +49-6421 28-22643Link: Project B9 (Malic)

THUSSING, Sebastian Dr.

Former PostdocPhilipps-Universität MarburgDepartment of PhysicsLink: Project A3 (Jakob)

TONNER, Ralf Prof. Dr.

Photo of Prof. Dr. Ralf TONNER
Principal InvestigatorUniversität LeipzigFaculty of Chemistry and MineralogyPhone: +49-341 97-36401Link: Project A6 (Tonner)Link: Biography


Computational chemistry, density functional theory, surface chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemical bonding, molecular crystals

University Education

2016Habilitation, Theoretical Chemistry, Univ. Marburg, “Electronic Structure, Bonding and Reactivity in Functional Materials from a Quantum Chemical Perspective”, mentor: Prof. Robert Berger
2007Doctoral degree in Chemistry (Dr. rer. nat.), Univ. Marburg, Dissertation on “Divalent Carbon(0)-Compounds: Quantum Chemical Studies of the Bonding and Reactivity of Carbodiphosphoranes and Analogues”, thesis advisor: Prof. G. Frenking
2003Diploma degree in Chemistry (Dipl. Chem.), Univ. Marburg, thesis supervisor: Prof. G. Frenking
1998-2003Studies in Chemistry, Univ. Marburg and Auckland University/New Zealand

Professional Experience

since 2015Visiting Assistant Professor, Stanford University (USA), Department of Chemical Engineering
since 2010Junior Research Group Leader Theoretical Surface Chemistry, Univ. Marburg
2008-2010Postdoc, Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics, Massey Univ., Auckland/New Zealand (Prof. P. Schwerdtfeger)
2004-2007Research Assistant, Chemistry Department, Univ. Marburg

Honours, Awards and other Proofs of Qualification

2016“Hans G. A. Hellmann Prize for Theoretical Chemistry” of the working group on theoretical chemistry (AGTC)
2009Feodor Lynen-Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2 yrs)
2008Postdoctoral Fellowship of the DAAD (1 yr)

Selected Publications

  1. R. Tonner
    Adsorption of Proline and Glycine on the TiO2(110) Surface: A Density Functional Theory Study
    Chem. Phys. Chem 11, 1053 (2010).
  2. R. Tonner, N. Gaston
    The dimeric nature of bonding in gallium: from small clusters to the α-gallium phase
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16, 24244 (2014).
  3. A. Stegmüller, R. Tonner
    The β-hydrogen elimination mechanism in the absence of lowlying acceptor orbitals in EH2(t-C4H9) (E = N-Bi)
    Inorg. Chem. 54, 6363 (2015).
  4. M. Raupach, R. Tonner
    A periodic Energy Decomposition Analysis (pEDA) method for the Investigation of Chemical Bonding in Extended Systems
    J. Chem. Phys. 122, 044707 (2015).
  5. J.-N. Luy, S. A. Hauser, A. B. Chaplin, R. Tonner
    Rhodium(I) and Iridium(I) Complexes of the Conformationally Rigid IBioxMe4 Ligand: Computational and Experimental Studies of Unusually Tilted NHC Coordination Geometries
    Organometallics 34, 5099 (2015).
  6. P. Rosenow, P. Jakob, R. Tonner
    Electron-vibron coupling at metal-organic interfaces from theory and experiment
    J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7, 1422 (2016).
  7. A. Beyer, A.Stegmüller, J. O. Oelerich, K. Jandieri, K. Werner, G. Mette, W. Stolz, S. Baranovski, R. Tonner, K.Volz
    Pyramidal Structure Formation at the Interface between III/V Semiconductors and Silicon
    Chem. Mater. 28, 3265 (2016).
  8. P. Rosenow, R. Tonner
    Extent of hydrogen coverage of Si(001) under chemical vapor deposition conditions from ab initio approaches
    J. Chem. Phys. 144, 204706 (2016).
  9. R. Nödling, R. Möckel, R. Tonner, G. Hilt
    Lewis acids as activators in CBS-catalyzed Diels-Alder reactions – distortion induced Lewis acidity enhancement of SnCl4
    Chem. Eur. J. 22, 13171 (2016).

TRIPP, Matthias Dr.

Former PhD-studentPhilipps-Universität MarburgDepartment of ChemistryLink: Project A8 (Koert/Dürr)