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Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hugel

Professor of Physical ChemistryProf Hugel 2016

Institute of Physical Chemistry
Albertstraße 21
79104 Freiburg

Phone: +49 761 203-6192



Lesley Göbel
Phone: +49 761 203-6191



Career and Training

  • Since 09/2014 Full Professor (W3) at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • 12/2011 Tenured Professor W2
  • 10/2008 Professor W2 (Tenure Track) "Molecular Machines" at the Department of Biophysics (TUM), IMETUM and Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM)
  • 06/2005 – 10/2008 Juniorprofessor at the Department of Biophysics and at the Institute for Medical Engineering of the Technische Universität München (TUM), Institute of Medical Engineering TUM (IMETUM)
  • 06/2003 – 05/2005 Postdoc at the University of California Berkeley (USA) in the group of Prof. Bustamante: "Single Molecule Fluorescent Studies of Bacteriophage Phi29 DNA Packaging"
  • 02/2003 – 05/2003 Postdoc at the LMU München in the group of Prof. Gaub:
    "Desorption of Polymers from Solid Substrates"
  • 01/2000 – 02/2003 PhD at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in the group of Prof. Gaub:
    "Towards Synthetic Molecular Motors Interfaced by AFM"
  • PhD: 02/03/2003 (summa cum laude)
    09/1995 – 06/1996 Study of Physics at the University of Bristol (GB)
  • Third Year Project: "High Pressure Scanning Electron Microscopy"
    10/1993 – 10/1999 Study of Physics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Diplom: October 1999 (very good), Title: "Lamellenbildung in teilkristallinen Polymeren"


Scholarships and Awards

12/2015  ERC Consolidator Grant

02/2012  Rudolf-Kaiser-Preis 2011

11/2011  Dissertation award from the Stiftung-Industrieforschung for my PhD student Dr. Michael Geisler

01/2006 – 10/2010 Several publication awards from the Center for Nanosciences (CeNS)

09/2003 – 05/2005 Emmy Noether Scholarship

10/1999 Award for the best Diplom (Department of Physics of the Universität Freiburg)

04/1994 – 10/1999 Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes



Molecular machines: energy conversion with single polymers and proteinsPhysikalisches Kolloquium Universität Freiburg, 2015

Seeing the boundaries of physics, photon by photon, Nano-Bio-Physics Symposium, Munich, 2019

Kinetics of protein complexes and their regulation across several time and length scales, Joint Colloquium of CeNS and the Department of Physics, Munich, 2020