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Prof. Dr. Frank Schreiber

KFN member 2020-2023
FS-150 Institut für Angewandte Physik
Universität Tübingen
Auf der Morgenstelle 10
72076 Tübingen

Tel. ++49-7071-29-78663 / 76058 (Sekr.)
Fax. ++49-7071-29-5110
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Current research topics:

  • Adsorption of organic molecules at interfaces
  • Protein aggregation and protein crystallisation
  • Phenomena beyond the equilibrium
  • Kinetics of structure formation
  • Dynamics of molecules in solution
  • Machine learning and analysis of scattering data


In the KFN, I would stand up for:

  • Introduction of students to research with neutrons
  • Promotion of young researchers
  • Securing the strong position of instrumentation in Europe
  • Balance between the interests of research centres and university users
  • Public Relations
  • Relationship with user communities in Central and Eastern Europe

Scientific career:

seit 2004:

C4 Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Tübingen (successor to Prof. W. Prandl), physics of molecular and biological matter


University Lecturer and Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford


Head of the research group "Organic Layers" in the department of Prof. Dosch (MPI-MF and University of Stuttgart)


Postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University with Prof. P. Eisenberger and Prof. G. Scoles


Doctoral Prize of the Ruhr University Bochum. Research stays in Paris (ESPCI) and Prague (CAS)


PhD with Prof. J. Pelzl and Prof. H. Zabel on magnetic thin films


Doctoral scholarship according to the Graduate Scholarship Act of the State of NRW


Diploma with Prof. J. Pelzl


Start of studies in physics at the Ruhr-Universität


Honours, awards and committee work (selection)

  • Reviewer within the Central European Network CENI (Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary)
  • Reviewer for numerous foundations and funding organisations (DFG, NSF, EPSRC, ANR, FWF, etc.)
  • Reviewer for numerous journals; including Editorial Board Nature Reports
  • Reviewer for the BMBF / collaborative research
  • Member of the KFN (coopted since 2015, elected since 2020)
  • Partnership for soft condensed matter (PSCM) in Grenoble
  • Member of the Scientific Council ILL (2008-2013)
  • Memberships in expert panels of research centres (ILL, HZB, Rutherford Labs, ESRF, DESY, ...)
  • Visiting professor at the Nano Science Centre in Suzhou, China (since 2016)
  • Visiting professor at ILL / Grenoble (2015)
  • Visiting professor at Rutherford Laboratory / ISIS (2009)
  • Visiting professor at Beijing Institute of Technology (2007)
  • Initiator and Dean of Studies of the Nanoscience Programme / Tübingen (since 2011)
  • Dean of studies physics / Tübingen (2006-2013)
  • Professor of the Year (Student Prize) in Physics in Tübingen (2008/2009)
  • Prize for the best lecture (compulsory optional subject in physics) 2001/2002 in Stuttgart
  • Distinguished Post-Doc of Princeton University (1996-1997)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship of the DFG for the Princeton University
  • Doctoral Prize of the University of Bochum
  • PhD „summa cum laude“
  • Graduate Scholarship "Graduate Funding NRW"