Prof. Dr. Michael Rohlfing

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Department of Physics, Inst. of Solid State Theory

Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, 48149 Münster
Phone: +49 251 8336340
Fax: +49 251 8333669


Theoretical physics, electronic-structure theory, many-body perturbation theory, excited electronic states, adsorbate systems, low-dimensional solids

University Education

2001 Habilitation in Theoretical Physics, WWU Münster, „Excited electronic states and optical spectra of solids, surfaces, and molecules”
1996 Doctoral degree in Physics (Dr. rer. nat.), WWU Münster, Dissertation on “Quasiparticle band structures of semiconductors and semiconductor”, thesis advisor: Prof. J. Pollmann
1993 Diploma degree in Physics (Dipl. Phys.), WWU Münster, supervisor: Prof. J. Pollmann
1988-93 Studies in Physics, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster

Professional Experience

2013- Professor (W3) of Theoretical Physics, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
2005-13 Professor (W3) of Theoretical Physics, Universität Osnabrück
2003-05 Associate Professor of Physics, International University (now: Jacobs University) Bremen
1999-03 Postdoctoral studies, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
1997-98 Postdoctoral studies, University of California at Berkeley, USA (Prof. S.G. Louie)
1993-98 Research Assistant, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Prof. J. Pollmann)

Honours, Awards and other Proofs of Qualification

2018- Vice Dean (Prodekan), Department of Physics, WWU Münster
2017- Director of the Institute of Solid-State Theory, WWU Münster
2013- Member of the computer-time advisory board (Rechenzeitkommission) of the John-von-Neumann Institute for Computing (Jülich)
2007-11 Dean of Studies of Physics, Universität Osnabrück
2001 Heisenberg fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
1999 Habilitation fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Selected Publications

  1. M. Rohlfing, S. G. Louie, Optical excitations in conjugated polymers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 1959 (1999).
  2. M. Rohlfing, S. G. Louie, Electron-hole excitations and optical spectra from first principles, Phys. Rev. B 62, 4927 (2000).
  3. M. Weinelt, M. Kutschera, T. Fauster, M. Rohlfing, Dynamics of exciton formation at the Si(001)-c(4×2) surface, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 126801 (2004).
  4. A. Hauschild, K. Karki, B. C. C. Cowie, M. Rohlfing, F. S. Tautz, M. Sokolowski, Molecular distortions and chemical bonding of a large pi-conjugated molecule on a metal surface, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 036106 (2005).
  5. M. Rohlfing, T. Bredow, Binding energy of adsorbates on a noble-metal surface: exchange and correlation effects, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 266106 (2008).
  6. C. Wagner, N. Fournier, V. G. Ruiz, C. Li, K. Müllen, M. Rohlfing, A. Tkatchenko, R. Temirov, F. S. Tautz, Non-additivity of molecule-surface van der Waals potentials from force measurements, Nature Comm. 5, 5568 (2014).
  7. T. Esat, B. Lechtenberg, T. Deilmann, C. Wagner, P. Krüger, R. Temirov, M. Rohlfing, F. B. Anders, F. S. Tautz, A chemically driven quantum phase transition in a two-molecule Kondo system, Nature Phys. 12, 867 (2016).
  8. M. Drüppel, T. Deilmann, P. Krüger, M. Rohlfing, Diversity of trion states and substrate effects in the optical properties of an MoS2 monolayer, Nature Commun. 8, 2117 (2017).
  9. H. Mönig, S. Amirjalayer, A. Timmer, Z. Hu, L. Liu, O. Díaz Arado, M. Cnudde, C.A. Strassert, W. Ji, M. Rohlfing, H. Fuchs, Quantitative assessment of intermolecular interactions by atomic force microscopy imaging using copper oxide tips, Nat. Nanotechnol. 13, 371 (2018).
  10. T. Deilmann, P. Krüger, M. Rohlfing, Ab initio studies of exciton g factors: Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides in magnetic fields, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 226402 (2020).