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Prof. Dr. Hermann Grabert

Every year, approximately 50 Fellows are invited to work on their projects at FRIAS for 2 to 12 months in an intellectually stimulating environment. Fellows that have already been at FRIAS before can return to FRIAS for 2 to 6 weeks within the framework of the Alumni Programme, for example in order to finish a project. Furthermore, junior and senior researchers are regularly invited as guest researchers.


Our Research Focus profited enormously from the international team of Fellows and guest researchers at FRIAS.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Schätz, ERC Consolidator Grant 2015, Research Focus Quantum Transport 2014/15

University of Freiburg
Theoretical Physics
Internal Senior Fellow

Room 01 025
Phone +49 (0)761-203 5880
Fax +49 (0)761-203 97450


Hermann Grabert is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Freiburg and Director of the School for Soft Matter Research, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). His fields of research are the transport in nanostructures, quantum wires and nanotubes, nanomechanics, noise in nanodevices, electron transfer, energy transfer, quantum dissipation, quantum Monte Carlo simulations.

Grabert received his diploma in physics in 1973 and his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1976 at the University of Stuttgart. His post-doctoral work included an appointment as a post-doctoral Research Associate at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. After qualifying for his state doctorate (Habilitation) in 1979 Grabert worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

In 1980 he was appointed an assistant professor of theoretical physics at the University of Stuttgart and in 1985 he was awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Bonn for three years.  From 1988 on Grabert worked as an associate professor at Essen University and in 1994 he moved to Freiburg to accept a position as full professor of theoretical physics at the University there. He is a founding member of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and a director of the School of Soft Matter Research at that institute.

In the past years Grabert accepted invitations abroad as a visiting scientist to the following institutions: University of Basel, Polytechnic University of New York, Jülich Research Center, Germany, the University of California at San Diego, CEA-Saclay in France, Columbia University, New York, and Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

In 1986 Grabert was the recipient of a Visiting Faculty Position, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, New York, and in 1990 he was awarded the Walter-Schottky-Prize for Solid State Physics, German Physical Society.


FRIAS Research Project

Quantum effects in complex systems.