Former Director of TUM-IAS

Prof. Gerhard Abstreiter

Director of TUM-IAS (2013-2015)



Professional Address:
Technische Universität München
Institute for Advanced Study
Lichtenbergstraße 2 a
85748 Garching Germany



1968-1973 Physics studies, TUM
April 1973Physics diploma degree, TUM
May 1975Physics doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.), TUM
July 1984Experimental Physics habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.), TUM

Professional Experience

2013-2015Director of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study
1987-2013C4 Professor (Chair) at the Physics Department and Walter Schottky Institute of TUM (Experimental Semiconductor Physics I)
2010-2013  Carl von Linde Senior Fellow, TUM-IAS
2009, 2011Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo
since 2006 Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara (Materials Science Department)
2004 Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo
2000Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York and the University of Tokyo (JSPS Fellowship)
1995Visiting Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara
1979-1987Research Group Leader, Physics Department, TUM
1975-1979 Staff Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart and Grenoble

Awards / Honours

2014Stern-Gerlach-Medal of the German Physical Society
2010Carl von Linde Senior Fellow of TUM Institute for Advanced Study
2009 Elected Member of acatech
2007 Elected Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
2006Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal (TUM)
2006Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling Prize (Bavarian Academy of Sciences)
2000 JSPS Fellowship, Japan
1998Max Born Prize and Medal (DPG and IOP)
1992 Fellow of the American Physical Society
1987 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (DFG)
1986Walter Schottky Prize (DPG)


According to ISI web of science, Prof. Abstreiter is the author or coauthor of more than 600 scientific publications which have been cited about 18000 times (status as of March 2015).

Scientific Interests

  • Experimental Physics / Semiconductor Physics
  • Structural, Electronic and Optical Properties of Nanostructures
  • Molecular Beam Epitaxy for High Purity Hetero- and Nanostructures
  • Semiconductor Quantum Wires and Dots
  • Development of Novel Devices for Nano-Electronics, Optoelectronics Quantum Information Technology, and Bio-Sensing