Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang von Prof. (em.) Dr. Michael Grunze

Former Chair and Professor (emeritus)

Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry

Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg

Im Neuenheimer Feld 253

69120 Heidelberg / Germany


Phone:     +49 711 689 3611 (Secretary Spatz department)

 E-Mail: michael.grunze@mpimf-heidelberg.mpg.de


Undergraduate          Chemistry and Physics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and

                             Knox College, Galesburg, IL, USA

1972                       Diploma Physical Chemistry, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

1974                       Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

1975 - 1976             Postdoc, Research, University of Munich, and Queen Mary College, University of London, UK

1978 - 1984             Group Leader and Scientist, Fritz-Haber-Institut, Max-Planck Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany

1980                       Habilitation, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

1981                       Visiting Scientist, IBM Research Laboratories, San Jose, California, USA

1982                       Visiting Professor of Physics, University of Osnabrück, Germany

1985 - 1987             Director, Laboratory for Surface Science & Technology (LASST)

                              University of Maine, Orono, USA

1984 - 1988             Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Maine, Orono, USA

1984 - 1988             Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, University of Maine, Orono, USA

1987 - 2012             Professor (C4), Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Physikalische Chemie,

                             University of Heidelberg, Germany

1987 - 2004             Director at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2000 - 2004             Chairman, Scientific Advisory Council Synchrotron Radiation Source

                             BESSY, Berlin, Germany

2000 - 2004 and

2007 - 2008            Member, Scientific Advisory Council Hahn Meitner Institute, Berlin, Germany

2001 - 2014            Adjunct Senior Staff Scientist, The Jackson Laboratory,

                            Bar Harbor, Maine, USA and Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA

2002 - 2010            Chairman, Scientific Advisory Council Max Planck Institute for Colloids & Interfaces, Golm, Germany

2003 - 2006            Co-Director, Institute for Molecular Biophysics, and cooperating Professor of Physics,

                            University of Maine, USA

2006 - 2012            Member, Scientific Advisory Council ESRF, Grenoble, France

2007 - 2009            Member, Scientific Advisory Council Australian Synchrotron Source, Melbourne, Australia

2006 - 2013            Editor-in-chief of Biointerphases, a Springer Open Access Journal

2008                      Founding codirector of the “Biointerface” Program at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

2009 - 2013            Advisory Board, CeBiTech, University of Bielefeld, Germany

2010-                     Member of the Review Panel for Physical Chemistry of the  German Israel Foundation (GIF)

2010 -                    Senior Scientist, Institute of Functional Interfaces, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany

2012-                     Professor Emeritus, University of Heidelberg, Germany

2013                      Member of a review committee for CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

2014                      Member of the Advisory Board of the IEI (Institute of Engineered Interfaces), New York University

2014                      Chair of a review committee for the Canadian Lightsource in Saskatoon

2015-                     Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Canadian Light Source

2016 -                    Member of the Advisory Board of Aquarray  (Droplet Microarray (DMA) Technologie)

2017-                     Visiting scientist at the Department of Cellular Biophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Reserach



1968 - 1977            Fulbright Fellowship

1975 - 1977            Liebig-Habilitations-Stipendium

1976                      Otto-Klung-Preis for Outstanding Contributions in Physical Chemistry

1997                      Guptill Memorial Lecture, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

1999                      J.G. McGregor Distinguished Scientist, Dalhousie University,

                             Halifax, Canada

2001                      College de France, Invited Lecturer

2003                      Max Planck Research Award

2005                      Fellow of the American Vacuum Society

2006                      ISIS Distinguished Lecturer, University of California

2007 - 2009            Elected AVS Director

2010 - 2013            Trustee American Vacuum Society

2012                      Prof. Emeritus University of Heidelberg

2012 - 2017            Senior Excellence Professor, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

2013                      Wilsmore Fellow in the School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne

2014 -2016             Visiting Professor Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China


TEACHING: As full Professor in Physics at the University of Maine I taught all undergraduate courses of the Physics curriculum and special courses for Graduate Students. As Professor for Physical Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg I taught all undergraduate and graduate courses in Physical Chemistry.


FIELDS OF INTEREST: Surface chemistry and interface physics, biointerface science, biocompatible implant coatings, non fouling surfaces, adhesion science, self assembly of organic mono- and multilayers, non-linear optical laser spectroscopy on surfaces, x-ray absorption and x-ray emission spectroscopy, x-ray microscopy, in-line holography, biochemical sensors, hemocopatibility of artificial materials, marine biofouling


FOUNDER OF THREE COMPANIES: SPECS, Surtech (bought by IBM), CeloNova (former Polyzenix). International and national patents: 124


STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS: During my academic career in Germany and the US from 1997 until now I supervised more than 180 Master and PhD students and worked with more than 50 post-doctorial fellows.


PUBLICATIONS: Over 420 publications in peer-reviewed international journals, 4 books, many non-peer reviewed articles in professional journals.

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