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Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hugel

Professor of Physical ChemistryProf Hugel 2021

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

Nanoscale characterization across several length scales by AFM and fluoerescence microscopy, NSFE 2020