Prof. Dr. F. Stefan Tautz

Peter-Grünberg-Institut, FZ Jülich

Functional Nanostructures at Surfaces (PGI-3)
52425 Jülich
Telefon: +49 2461 61-4561
Fax: +49 2461 61-3907


Surface and interface science; electron spectroscopy; electron and x-ray diffraction; low energy electron microscopy; photoelectron microscopy; photoelectron tomography; low temperature scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy; structure, bonding, electronic properties and functions of molecular adsorbates and molecular architectures at solid surfaces; molecular spintronics; Kondo physics; orbital reconstruction; SPM-based molecular manipulation and fabrication; SPM-based single molecule spectroscopy and quantum transport through molecules

University Education

2001 Habilitation in Experimental Physics, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany
1990-94 University of Cambridge (UK), Graduate Studies in Experimental Physics (PhD), supervisor: Professor Gilbert Lonzarich
1989-90 University of Cambridge (UK), Graduate Studies in Theoretical Physics (MPhil), supervisor: Professor Volker Heine
1986-89 Universität Hamburg, Germany, Undergraduate Studies in Physics

Professional Experience

2007- Director, Peter Grünberg Institute, Functional Nanostructures at Surfaces (PGI-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich
2007- W3 Professor, Chair Experimental Physics IV A, Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
2001-07 Associate Professor of Physics, International University Bremen (as of 01.01.2007: Jacobs University Bremen)
2001 wissenschaftlicher Oberassistent (C2), Technische Universität Ilmenau
1995-01 wissenschaftlicher Assistent (C1), Technische Universität Ilmenau
1994-95 Postdoc, van der Waals-Zeeman Laboratory, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Honours, Awards and other Proofs of Qualification

2020 Falling Walls – The World Science Summit, Berlin Science Week, The
Science Breakthroughs of the Year: Winner in the Category Engineering
and Technology “Breaking the Wall of Building with Molecules”
2019- Head of Project Group Helmholtz Quantum Center
2018-19 Managing Director of Peter Grünberg Institute
2016 Invitation as Core Member of the Long Program “Understanding
Many-Particle Systems with Machine Learning” at the Institute of Pure
and Applied Mathematics, University of California Los Angeles
2014-18 Co-Director of the section “Fundamentals of Future Information
Technology” of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA)
2007 Offer of a Full Professorship at Jacobs University Bremen (declined)
1993 Scholarship, Cambridge Philosophical Society
1991-93 Scholarship, James-Clerk-Maxwell Studentship in Experimental Physics
1990-91 Scholarship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
1989-90 Scholarship, Dr. Carl Duisberg-Stiftung für das Auslandsstudium deutscher Studenten

Selected Publications

  1. A. Hauschild, K. Karki, B. C. C. Cowie, M. Rohlfing, F. S. Tautz, M. Sokolowski, Molecular distortions and chemical bonding of a large π-conjugated molecule on a metal surface, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 036106 (2005).
  2. R. Temirov, S. Soubatch, A. Luican, F. S. Tautz, Free-electron-like dispersion in an organic monolayer film on a metal substrate, Nature 444, 350 (2006).
  3. R. Temirov, A. C. Lassise, F. Anders, F. S. Tautz, Kondo effect by controlled cleavage of a single-molecule contact, Nanotechn. 19, 065401 (2008).
  4. C. Weiss, C. Wagner, C. Kleimann, M. Rohlfing, F. S. Tautz, R. Temirov, Imaging Pauli repulsion in scanning tunneling microscopy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 086103 (2010).
  5. C. Wagner, N. Fournier, V. G. Ruiz, K. Müllen, M. Rohlfing, A. Tkatchenko, R. Temirov, F. S. Tautz, Non-additivity of molecule-surface van der Waals potentials from force measurements, Nat. Comm. 5, 5568 (2014).
  6. C. Wagner, M. F. B. Green, P. Leinen, T. Deilmann, P. Krüger, M. Rohlfing, R. Temirov, F. S. Tautz, Scanning Quantum Dot Microscopy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 026101 (2015), editor’s selection.
  7. S. Weiß, D. Lüftner, T. Ules, E. M. Reinisch, H. Kaser, A. Gottwald, M. Richter, S. Soubatch, G. Koller, M. G. Ramsey, F. S. Tautz, P. Puschnig, Exploring three-dimensional orbital imaging with energy-dependent photoemission tomography, Nature Comm. 6, 8287 (2015).
  8. 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, Nat. Phys. 12, 867 (2016).
  9. T. Esat, N. Friedrich, F. S. Tautz, R. Temirov, A standing molecule as a single-electron field emitter, Nature , 573 (2018).
  10. C. Wagner, M. F. B. Green, M. Maiworm, P. Leinen, T. Esat, N. Ferri, N. Friedrich, R. Findeisen, A. Tkatchenko, R. Temirov, F. S. Tautz, Quantitative imaging of electric surface potentials with single-atom sensitivity, Nat. Mater. 18, 853 (2019).


  1. F. S. Tautz, R. Temirov, S. Subach, Method for examining a sample (US-Patent No. 8,347,410 B2 (2013)).
  2. T. Ruslan, C. Weiss, F. S. Tautz, Method for measuring the force interaction that is caused by a sample (US-Patent No. 8,832,860, B2 (2014)).
  3. F. S. Tautz, R. Temirov, C. Wagner, M. F. B. Green, Rastersondenmikroskop sowie Verfahren zur Messung lokaler elektrischer Potentialfelder (PCT/DE2016/000021 (2016)).