Martin Stutzmann

Prof. Dr.

Former Professorship for Experimental Semiconductor Physics
TUM School of Natural Sciences

born November 19, 1956



Martin Stutzmann's research deals with both fundamental and applied aspects in current semiconductor physics. The focus is on the production, nanostructuring and biofunctionalisation of semiconductors with large bandgaps such as gallium nitride, zinc oxide and diamond, but also of thin layers and nanoparticles of silicon. Potential applications focus on bioelectronic sensors, model systems for quantum information processing and semiconductor-based photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy conversion.

After studying physics in Marburg, Paris and Stanford (doctorate in 1982), Martin Stutzmann was a postdoctoral researcher at the Xerox Research Center in Palo Alto (California) until 1985. He then became a permanent scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. In 1993, he was appointed to the chair of experimental semiconductor physics and at the same time as one of the directors of the Walter Schottky Institute at the Technical University of Munich.


Short biography

1980 Licence de Physique, Université Paris VII, France
1982 Diploma in Physics, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
1982 - 1983 Research Scholar, Stanford University, USA
1983 PhD in Physics, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
1983 - 1985 Postdoc, Xerox Research Center, Palo Alto, California/USA
1985 - 1993 Permanent Scientist,  Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart/Germany
1990 Habilitation, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
1993 - 2022 Full Professor for Experimental Semiconductor Physics, TU Munich, Germany
1993 - 2022 Director,  Walter Schottky Institute, TU München
seit 2006 PI, DFG Cluster of Excellence "Nanosystems Initiative Munich", TU Munich
seit 2014 PI, TUM Catalysis Research Center, TU Munich
seit 2019 PI, DFG Cluster of Excellence "e-conversion", TU Munich


Memberships and honors

Member of the Supervisory Board, Silicon Austria Labs (2020 - 2022)

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board: Helmholtz-Center Berlin; Paul Drude Institute Berlin; Research Center Jülich; Laboratory of Excellence “GANEX”, Sophia Antipolis/Frankreich; INESC Microsistemas et Nanotecnologias, Lisbon/Portugal; Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prag/Czech Republic (1995 - 2023)

Member of the Lynen-Committee, Main Committee and Humboldt Prize Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (1995 - 2014)

Member of the Expert Panel 1 for Academic Research Funds, Ministry of Education, Singapore (2007 - 2013)

Member of the Approval Commission for Collaborative Research Centers, German Research Foundation DFG (2000 - 2003)

Editor-in-Chief, physica status solidi (a), (b), (c), and Rapid Research Letters (1995 - 2011)



  • TUM Emeritus of Excellence, TU Munich (2022)
  • Chair Professor, Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Soochow University, Suzhou, China (2017)
  • Werner Heisenberg Medal, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2014)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society APS (2006)
  • Sir Neville Mott-Lecture, Int. Conf. Amorphous and Microcryst. Semiconductors, USA (1999)
  • Walter Schottky Prize, German Physical Society DPG (1988)
  • Scholarship, Study Foundation "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes"(1976)

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