Rabe, Prof. Dr. Jürgen P.

Jürgen P. Rabe studied physics and mathematics in Aachen, where he obtained his Dipl. Phys. degree with a thesis on solid state optics. In 1984 he became Dr. rer. nat. at the Physics Department of TU München with a thesis on a biophysics topic. After two years at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose he took a position at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, and obtained his Habilitation with a thesis on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of molecular monolayers. In 1992 he became Professor at the University in Mainz, and since 1994 he has been Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Jürgen P. Rabe is Elected Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and external Member of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. He was Visiting Professor at the Materials Department of ETH Zürich, and he is Founding Chairman of the Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences IRIS Adlershof of Humboldt-Universität. He is member of the SFB 658 »Elementary Processes in Molecular Switches at Surfaces«, the SFB 765 »Multivalency as a Chemical Organization and Action Principle«, and the International Graduate Research Training Group »Self-Assembled Soft-Matter Nanostructures at Interfaces«. He has published more than 260 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books, which were cited more than 9,000 times.

His scientific interests concern the correlation of structure and dynamics of molecular systems and hybrid structures at interfaces with their mechanical, electronic, optical and (bio-)chemical properties from molecular to macroscopic length and time scales. Based on his pioneering work on scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of alkanes and alkylated nanographenes at solid-liquid interfaces, he developed a »Molecular Workbench« for single macromolecules and organic-inorganic hybrid systems (s. fig.). In this context, modified graphite and graphene substrates play a central role. Other important features are the manipulation and imaging of single macromolecules by means of scanning force microscopy. Beyond that, Rabe uses tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy as well as near-field optical microscopy in order to investigate electronic and optical properties – with the ultimate objective of developing new functional molecular systems.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen P. Rabe
Institut für Physik
Newtonstr. 15
12489 Berlin, Germany
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