Franz Pfeiffer

Carl von Linde Senior Fellow

Technical University of Munich

Biomedical Physics

Focus Group
Phase Contrast Computed Tomography

Short CV

Franz Pfeiffer (b. 1972) studied physics at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University (1999) and was awarded doctorates by the Institut Laue-Langevin (Grenoble) and the University of Saarbrücken (2003). Following subsequent positions as a post-doc in Urbana-Champaign (USA) and as a member of scientific staff at the Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland, 2008), he initially assumed the position of assistant professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (2008). He was appointed to the Chair of Biomedical Physics at TUM in 2009.


2011 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

2010 Röntgen Prize of Justus Liebig University Giessen

2010 National Latsis Prize of the Swiss National Science Foundation

2009 Starting Grant Award of the European Research Council

Research Interests

Franz Pfeiffer conducts research on biomedical X-ray physics. The focus of this research is new imaging methods for improved early diagnosis and detailed studies of illnesses such as cancer and osteoporosis. His scientific work extends from fundamentally oriented research with high-energy X-rays in large international research centers to applied research on new concepts in medical technology.

Selected Publications

  • Dierolf, Martin; Menzel, Andreas; Thibault, Pierre; Schneider, Philipp; Kewish, Cameron M.; Wepf, Roger; Bunk, Oliver; Pfeiffer, Franz: Ptychographic X-ray computed tomography at the nanoscale. Nature 467 (7314), 2010, 436--439 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Pfeiffer, F.; Bech, M.; Bunk, O.; Kraft, P.; Eikenberry, E. F.; Brönnimann, Ch; Grünzweig, C.; David, C.: Hard-X-ray dark-field imaging using a grating interferometer. Nature materials 7 (2), 2008, 134--137 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Thibault, Pierre; Dierolf, Martin; Menzel, Andreas; Bunk, Oliver; David, Christian; Pfeiffer, Franz: High-resolution scanning x-ray diffraction microscopy. Science (New York, N.Y.) 321 (5887), 2008, 379--382 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Pfeiffer, Franz; Weitkamp, Timm; Bunk, Oliver; David, Christian: Phase retrieval and differential phase-contrast imaging with low-brilliance X-ray sources. Nature Physics 2 (4), 2006, 258--261 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Pfeiffer, F.; David, C.; Burghammer, M.; Riekel, C.; Salditt, T.: Two-dimensional x-ray waveguides and point sources. Science (New York, N.Y.) 297 (5579), 2002, 230--234 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )