Short CV/Education and training

  • 2001
    Doctorate, University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 2003 – 2003
    Research associate McGill University, Montreal, Canada

  • 2005 – 2008
    Principal Investigator, Excellence program for postdocs of the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg

  • 2010
    Principal Investigator ERC starting grant

  • 2015
    Habilitation in Physics

  • 2018
    Heisenberg fellow, Universtity of Konstanz

  • 2019
    Professor, University of Potsdam

Selected publications

  • R. Hoffmann-Vogel, Imaging prototypical aromatic molecules on insulating surfaces: A review, Reports on Progress in Physics 81, 016501/1-32 (2018).

  • R. Hoffmann-Vogel, Electromigration and the structure of metallic nanocontacts, Applied Physics Reviews 4, 031302/1-38 (2017).

  • Th. Späth et al., Quantum size effects in ultra-thin lead islands measured with Kelvin probe force microscopy, Nanoscale 9, 7868-7874 (2017).

  • C. Perez Leon et al., Atomic-scale imaging of the surface dipole distribution of stepped surfaces, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 7, 426 (2016).

  • J. L. Neff et al., Epitaxial Growth of Pentacene on Alkali Halide Surfaces Studied by Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy, ACS Nano 8, 3294 (2014).

  • D. Stöffler et al., Scanning probe microscopy imaging of metallic nanocontacts, Phys. Rev. B Brief Reports 85, 033404 (2012).

  • H. Hölscher, et al., The Effective Quality Factor in Dynamic Force Microscopes with Fabry-Perot-Interferometer Detection, Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 223514 (2009).

  • R. Hoffmann, et al., Conductance of gold nanojunctions thinned by electromigration, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 043118 (2008).

  • T. Kunstmann et al., Dynamic force microscopy study of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride on KBr (001), Phys. Rev. B 71R, 121403 (2005).

  • S. A. Burke et al., Nucleation and Submonolayer Growth of C60 on KBr, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 096102 (2005).

  • R. Hoffmann et al. Sublattice Identification in Scanning Force Microscopy on Alkali Halide Surfaces, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 146103 (2004).

  • M. A. Lantz et al., Quantitative Measurement of Short-Range Chemical Bonding Forces, Science 291, 2580 (2001).



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Preparation and characterization of thin metallic bridges under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions, Eliteförderung für Postdoktoranden, Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung

  • Structural and electronic properties of nanoscale metallic contacts fabricated by thermally assisted electromigration, ERC Starting grant

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Physical Society (DPG)

  • American Physical Society (APS)

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