Hans-Peter Steinrück - Curriculum Vitae#


Professional Address

Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie, Department Chemie und Pharmazie
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg
Egerlandstraße 3, D-91058 Erlangen, Germany
Tel: +49 9131 85 27343, Email: hans-peter.steinrueck@fau.de


Scientific Career

  • 1959 born in Salzburg, Austria
  • 1965-1977 Elementary school and high school in Radstadt, Austria
  • 1977-1978 Military Service with Austrian Army
  • 1978-1983 Physics studies at the Technische Universität (TU) Graz, Austria
  • 1983 Diploma in Technical Physics (Dipl.-Ing.), Dept. of Physics, TU Graz, with Prof. K. D. Rendulic
  • 1985 PhD (Dr. techn.) in Physics, Dept. of Physics, TU Graz, Austria, with Prof. K. D. Rendulic
  • 1985-1986 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA, with Prof. R. J. Madix
  • 1986-1994 Assistant, Dept. of Physics, Technische Universität (TU) München, Germany, with Prof. D. Menzel
  • 1992 Habilitation in Experimental Physics (Dr. rer.nat.habil.)
  • 1993 Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Physics, Rutgers University, USA (3 months), with Prof. T. E. Madey
  • 1994-1998 Associate Professor (C3) of Experimental Physics, Dept. of Physics, Universität Würzburg, Germany
  • Since 1998 Full Professor (C4/W3) of Physical Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry & Pharmacy, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany


Honors, Awards and Declined Offers
  • 1980-1985 Scholarship for Outstanding Students (Begabtenstipendium, 5x), Technische Universität (TU) Graz
  • 1983 Young Researcher Award, Federation of Austrian Industry (Österreichische Industriellenvereinigung)
  • 1983-1985 Scholarship by the Austrian sponsorship organisation PRO SCIENTIA
  • 1986 Fritz Kohlrausch Award, Austrian Physical Society
  • 1994 Associate Professor (C3) position of Experimental Physics rejected at the Universität of Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1998 Director position (C4) rejected at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • 2002 Full Professor (C4) position of Physical Chemistry rejected at the Technische Universität (TU) München, Germany
  • 2007-2018 Principal investigator, Cluster of Excellence "Engineering of Advanced Materials", Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • 2009-2015 Guest Professor, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China
  • 2012 Full member of Academia Europaea – The Academy of Europe
  • 2013 Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2014 Lu Jiaxi Lectureship, Xiamen, China
  • 2015 Corresponding Member of the Mathematics and Science Class of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
  • 2015 Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Szeged, Hungary
  • 2016 ERC Advanced Grant 2015
  • 2016 Full Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle, Germany
  • 2016 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), USA
  • 2017 Medard W. Welch Award, AVS, USA
  • 2018 Member, European Academy of Sciences (EurASc)


Professional Service in Academia
  • 2002-2003 Senator, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2003-2005 Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy), Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2006-2011 Vice-President, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Professional Service in Science
  • 2000-2002 Chairman, Surface Science Division of the German Physical Society (DPG)
  • 1996-2004 Beam Time Review Panels at BESSY (1996-2002) and ESRF (2003-2004)
  • 2003-2005 Scientific Advisory Committee, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France
  • 2004-2008 Scientific Advisory Committee, BESSY II, Berlin
  • 2005-2008 Chairman, German Committee for Research with Synchrotron Radiation
  • 2007-2011 International Advisory Board, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft - Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Partner Group, University of Science and Technology (USTC), Hefei, China
  • 2008-2009 Vicechair, Advisory Committee for Research with Photons (AFP), BMBF
  • 2008-2015 Scientific Advisory Board, ANKA, Karlsruhe Institute of Technolgy (KIT)
  • 2009-2011 Scientific Council (SC), Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
  • 2010-2019 Fachbeirat, Fritz-Haber-Institut, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin
  • 2011-2015 Member, DFG Fachkollegium 302 „Chemische Festkörperforschung“ (Evaluation Committee 302 of the German Science Foundation)
  • 2012-2013 Member, ERC Review Panel: ERC Synergy Grants
  • 2014-2014 Special working group of the RIKEN Advisory Council, Japan
  • 2015- Advisory Board, Materials Science and Physics Division, Universität Salzburg, Austria
  • 2015-2015 Chair, Chemical Sciences Panel, Evaluation of the Institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • 2016-2018 Member, DFG Senate Commission for Collaborative Research Centers (SFB), German Science Foundation


Scientific Contributions
  • > 335 publications in peer-reviewed journals, > 600 contributions at national and international conferences
  • > 220 invited lectures at scientific institutions and conferences


Conferences organized
  • 1996 Chair, "International Symposium on II-VI Compounds", Würzburg
  • 1998 Program-Committee, BESSY-User-Meeting 1998, Berlin
  • 1996 Chair, Workshop "New Developments in Low Energy Electron Diffraction", Erlangen (with Dr. G. Held)
  • 1999 International Program Committee "European Conference on Surface Science (ECOSS 18)", Wien, Austria
  • 2000 Vicechair, Workshop "New Developments in Low Energy Electron Diffraction", in Cambridge, UK (with Prof. D.A. King and Dr. G. Held)
  • 2001 Chair, Surface Science Division, "Spring Meeting of the Germany Physical Society" (DPG), Hamburg
  • 2002 Chair, Surface Science Division, "Spring Meeting of the Germany Physical Society" (DPG), Regensburg
  • 2002 Scientific Advisory Committee, German Vacuum Society (DVG) Meeting, Magdeburg
  • 2002 International Program Committee, "European Conference on Surface Science (ECOSS 21)", Malmö, Sweden
  • 2003 Advisory Board "European Vacuum Congress", Berlin
  • 2005 Chair, Symposium "Highlights in Synchrotron Radiation Research", Spring Meeting of the Germany Physical Society (DPG), Berlin
  • 2006 Chair, General Assembly of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (Bunsentagung), Erlangen
  • 2009 Chair, COST D-41 Workshop "Oxide Nanostructures", Erlangen
  • 2009 International Program Committee, "European Conference on Surface Science (ECOSS 26)", Parma, Italy
  • 2010 Local Organizing Committee, 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Nürnberg, Germany
  • 2010 Program Committee, 10th European Conference on Surface Crystallography and Dynamics, Reading, UK
  • 2011 Organizing Committee, 7th Brazilian-German Workshop, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2012 Program Committee, 11th European Conference on Surface Crystallography and Dynamics (ECSCD-11), Edinburgh, UK
  • 2012 Scientific Committee, APCIL’12 (The 3rd Asian-Pacific Conference on Ionic Liquids and Green Processes), Beijing, China
  • 2013 Vice Chair, Gordon Research Conference "Chemical Reactions on Surfaces", Les Diablerets, Switzerland
  • 2013 Chair, 8th Brazilian-German Workshop, Bamberg, Germany
  • 2015 Chair, Gordon Research Conference "Chemical Reactions on Surfaces", Ventura, CA, USA
  • 2015 International Committee, 12th European Conference on Surface Crystallography and Dynamics (ECSCD-12), Trieste, Italy
  • 2016 Vice Chair, Brazilian-German Workshop, Maresias, Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • 2017 Program Commitee, 13th European Conference on Surface Crystallography and Dynamics (ECSCD-13), San Sebastian, Spain
  • 2017 International Program Committee, 33th European Conference on Surface Science (ECOSS-33), Szeged, Hungary
  • 2017 Scientific Committee, International Congress "Engineering of Advanced Materials", 10-12.10.2017, Erlangen, Germany
  • 2017 Chair, 655. WE-Heraeus-Seminar „Ionic Liquids and their Interfaces“, 3.-6.12.2017, Bad Honnef, Germany
  • 2018 Organizing Committee, 10th Brazilian-German Workshop, Bad Dürkheim, Germany


Editorship / Advisory Boards
  • 2002 Guest Editor, Applied Physics A 75/1, Special Issue on "Solid surfaces: Microscopic insight from experimental and theoretical investigations"
  • 2002 Guest Editor, New J. Phys. 4, Focus Issue on “Clusters at Surfaces”,
  • 2003 Guest Editor, Applied Physics A 76/5, Special Issue on "Structure and properties of complex surfaces at an atomic level”
  • 2008 Guest Editor, Chem. Soc. Rev. 37, Special Issue on "Surface Reactions" in honour of the Nobel Price to Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ertl
  • 2008–2010 Editorial Advisory Board of Surface Science
  • 2015 Guest Editor, Accounts of Chemical Research, Special Issue on "Microscopic Insights into Surface Catalyzed Chemical Reactions"
  • 2015 Guest Editor, Special Issue of Surface Science on “Present challenges in surface science”, in honour of the 80th birthday of Dietrich Menzel
  • Since 2014 Editorial Board of Progress in Surface Science
  • Since 2014 Editor of Surface Science
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