PD Dr. Friedrich Esch

Senior Researcher / Akademischer Rat

Technische Universität München
Fakultät für Chemie/Department of Chemistry
Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie / Chair of Physical Chemistry
Lichtenbergstraße 4
85748 Garching
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Raum/Room:       33311
Email:       friedrich.esch(at)tum.de


Scientific Interests

  • Structure and reactivity of cluster-assembled materials on carbon and oxide substrates
  • Redox chemistry of reducible oxide surfaces, influence of strain
  • Surface reaction dynamics investigated with time-resolved Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
  • Characterization of cluster-assembled materials at the solid-liquid interface
  • Experimental Methodologies: Scanning Probe Microscopies, Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Microscopy
  • Current instrumentation development: FastSTM with commercial microscopes, Cluster Tracking under the STM tip



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Curriculum Vitae

Academic Career
2011‑ Senior Lecturer (Privatdozent) at the Chair of Physical Chemistry, TUM
2009‑ Senior Researcher (Akademischer Rat) at the Chair of Physical Chemistry, TUM
2008 Visiting Scientist at the Chair of Physical Chemistry (Prof. U. Heiz), TUM
2004‑2009 Coordinator of the STM Laboratory in CNR-INFM TASC
1999‑2009 Scientist (Ricercatore III livello, permanent position) in the Surface Physics Laboratory, CNR-INFM TASC National Laboratory, Triest
1995‑1999 Postdoc at the SuperESCA beamline (ELETTRA synchrotron) and in the Surface Physics Laboratory (CNR-INFM TASC), Triest (groups of Prof. R. Rosei and Prof. G. Comelli)
2010 Habilitation in Physical Chemistry, TUM
1991‑1995 Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin (Supervisor Prof. R. Imbihl, Director Prof. G. Ertl)
1985‑1990 Study of Chemistry, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich (Diploma work in Macromolecular Chemistry with Prof. U. Suter)


2015           Ernst Otto Fischer Award for Excellence in Teaching
Referee Advanced Functional Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Chemical Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Science, Surface Science and Topics in Catalysis.
Member of the ESF pool of Reviewers