Basel Universität
Departement für Physik und Astronomie
Departement für Physik und Astronomie

Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Güntherodt

Professor of Experimental Physics (Ordinarius)
Department of Physics
University of Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel
Switzerland

office 3.22
tel.: +41 (0)61 267 3768 (office)
e-mail:
research projects: STM, AFM, MFM, FAMARS


administrative assistant
Audrey Fischer
tel.: +41 (0)61 267 1238
fax: +41 (0)61 267 3408
e-mail:



Short Biography

Hans-Joachim Güntherodt, born 1939, received a diploma in physics in 1963 and a PhD in 1967 from ETH Zürich.
In 1974 he became full professor of physics at the Institute of Physics, University of Basel.
Sabbatical leaves at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, USA, and Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
He was Dean of the Faculty of Science, then Rector of the University of Basel.
Prof. Güntherodt also was the director of the major research programs MINAST and TOPNANO 21.
2001 Director of NCCR Nanoscale Science
2004 member of the Executive Board of IUVISTA; head of Nanometer Structure division
2005 Doctor honoris causa of University of Neuchâtel
2006 Honorary President of NCCR Nanoscale Science and Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI)



Research Summary

During the last 40 years the research interests shifted from condensed matter physics (liquid metals, liquid semiconductors, metallic glasses, rapidly quenched quasi-and nanocrystalline alloys, graphite intercalation compounds, electron spectroscopy) to nanoscale science (scanningprobe microscopy, application to new materials, such as high-temperature superconductors, fullerenes, carbon-nanotubes, self-assembly, molecular storage, molecular recognition, nanomechanics, cantilever arrays, in particular thermal properties, and nanomaterials).



Selected Publications

  1. two book series "Glassy Metals", and "Scanning Tunneling Microscopy”, Springer.
  2. over 550 publications, including numerous articles in Physical Review Letters, Nature, Science, and PNAS.

list of publications