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Prof. Dr. Michael Gottfried

Foto: Michael Gottfried



Philipps-Universität Marburg
Department of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry
Hans-Meerwein-Str., 35032 Marburg


(+49) 6421-2822541


(+49) 6421-2822542



Professor (W2)


Physical chemistry of energy materials, polymers, organic and organo­metallic thin films / Surface and interface chemistry / Model catalysis / On-surface synthesis / X-ray absorption spectroscopy / Scanning probe microscopies / Photoelectron spectroscopy / Nanojoule calorimetry



Professional Experience


Professor (W2) for Physical Chemistry, Philipps-Universität Marburg


Lecturer, Dept. of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Visiting Scientist, National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

2005,  2008

Visiting Scientist, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

2004 - 11

Group Leader, Surface Spectroscopy, Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie II (Prof. Hans-Peter Steinrück), Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

2003 - 04

Postdoc, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, USA (Prof. Charles T. Campbell)

1999 - 03

Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, FU Berlin (Prof. Klaus Christmann)

University Education


Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) in Physical Chemistry, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Thesis: "Surface Chemistry of Porphyrins and other Complex Adsorbate Systems", Mentors: Prof. Hans-Peter Steinrück, Prof. Peter Wasserscheid, Prof. Rudi van Eldik


Doctoral degree in Chemistry (Dr. rer. nat., summa cum laude), Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Thesis: "CO Oxidation over Gold: Adsorption and Reaction of Oxygen, Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Dioxide on a Au(110) Surface", Thesis referees: Prof. Klaus Christmann, Prof. Gerhard Ertl


Diploma degree in Chemistry (Dipl.-Chem., Mit Auszeichnung), Freie Universität Berlin, supervisor: Prof. Klaus Christmann

1990 - 98

Studies in Chemistry and Physics at Technische Universität Darmstadt, University of St. Andrews, Freie Universität Berlin

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


SCS Lectureship of the Swiss Chemical Society


Chinese Academy of Sciences, International Partnership Award for Young Scientists


Visiting Professorship of the Chinese Academy of Sciences


Emmy-Noether Habilitation Prize of the University Erlangen-Nürnberg

2005, 2009

Travel fellowships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Feodor-Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Community Servises and other Proofs of Qualification

2019 - 20

Co-organizer, ICII-2020, International Conference on Internal Interfaces

2019 -

Member of the Steering Committee, SFB 1083


Guest Editor, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter

2018 -

Member of the Faculty Council, Department of Chemistry, Univ. of Marburg

2017 -

Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter

2017 -

Chairman of the GDCh Marburg chapter

2016 -

Marburg Research Academy (MARA), Member of the Fellowship Selection Committee

2015 - 16

Co-organizer, International Conference "Structure and Dynamics of Internal Interfaces"

2012 - 19

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin / BESSY, Member of the Scientific Selection Panel

2012 - 16

Member of the Advisory Board, University Foundation, University of Marburg

2012 - 14

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Surface Science

2009 - 10

Symposium Organizer, 6th International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, July 4-10, 2010, New Mexico, USA

2008 - 09

Guest Editor, Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie (Vol. 223, 1-2/2009)


>100 publications, Hirsch index h = 45, >6200 citations (Google Scholar), >90 invited lectures, >230 conference contribution