University of Heidelberg
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Institute of Physical Chemistry


Director:  Prof. Dr. L. Cederbaum

Im Neuenheimer Feld 229
D-69120  Heidelberg 
Phone: +49 (0) 62 21 / 54 52 11
Fax:      +49 (0) 62 21 / 54 52 21

Within the faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences of the University of Heidelberg the Institute of Physical Chemistry (PCI) is a well-known centre for the application of laser diagnostics of chemical processes, biophotonics, surface and interface design and analysis, biophysical and theoretical chemistry.

The main research areas are: 


·       laser-induced chemical processes and laser diagnostics of technical combustion and catalytical processes

·       single molecule spectroscopy of biological samples

·     dynamic regulation of adhesive contacts and of the cytoskeleton architecture of biological cells using novel micro- and nanostructured materials

·       design and advanced characterization of functional surfaces and interfaces

·       biocompatible coatings for biotechnology and medical applications

·       nanolithography and -technology

·       chemical and biochemical sensors

·       x-ray microscopy and holography

·       theoretical studies of the electronic structure and dynamics of molecules

·       theoretical investigations to reveal new phenomena in prototype neutral and charged molecular species


The undergraduate (bachelor) and graduate (masters and doctoral) teaching programs of the PCI provide intensive training on the most recent developments, techniques and applications in physical, biophysical and theoretical chemistry and prepare students for direct entry into competitive research and careers in science and industry.

The PCI currently hosts 20 research groups of which 8 are headed by tenured professors and the others by senior or junior group leaders providing young scientists early independence and responsibility. Altogether the PCI has more than 180 researchers and staff. The institute is tied up with numerous interdisciplinary and international co-operations in the areas of mathematics, scientific computing, physics, materials and life sciences documenting its multidisciplinary research activities. Many research topics are oriented towards practical application obvious from the great number of joint projects with industrial companies. Communication between the different partners is assured by regular meetings, colloquia and conferences.  


Research Groups Physical Chemistry
Prof. Dr. J. Wolfrum
apl. Prof. Dr. V. Ebert
apl. Prof. Dr. H.-R. Volpp

Applied Physical Chemistry
Prof. Dr. M. Grunze
apl. Prof. Dr. R. Dahint
apl. Prof. Dr. M. Zharnikov

Biophysical Chemistry 
Prof. Dr. J. Spatz  
Prof. Dr. M. Tanaka

Theoretische Chemie
Prof. Dr. L. S. Cederbaum
Prof. Dr. J. Schirmer
apl. Prof. Dr. H. Köppel
apl. Prof. Dr. H.-D. Meyer
Priv.-Doz. Dr. M. Pernpointner
apl. Prof. Dr. P. Schmelcher

Technical Chemistry 
(Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe

Prof. Dr. E. Dinjus
Prof. Dr. M. Döring

(Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
Prof. Dr. Petra Panak

Nuclear Waste Disposal
(Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe)
Priv.-Doz. Dr. M. Flörsheimer

Institute for Transuranium Elements
Prof. Dr. T. Fanghänel

Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)
Prof. Dr. E. Gutheil

Lectures and Colloquia Course Program (in German)
Special Lectures and Colloquia (in German)
Teaching (in German)



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