Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984 – 1990
    Studied physics in Karlsruhe, Germany

  • 1990 – 1995
    Doctoral studies in Karlsruhe

  • 1996 – 1997
    Postdoc in Saclay, France

  • 1997 – 2000
    Research associate in Karlsruhe

  • since 2000
    Professor of experimental physics at the University of Konstanz, Germany

  • 2003 – 2009
    Director of the centre for young postdoctoral researchers (Zukunftskolleg) at the University of Konstanz

Selected publications

  • E. Scheer, N. Agraït, J. C. Cuevas, A. Levy Yeyati, B. Ludoph, A. Martín-Rodero, G. Rubio Bollinger, J. M. van Ruitenbeek, C. Urbina, The signature of chemical valence in the electrical conduction through a single-atom contact, Nature (London) 394, 154 (1998)

  • M. Dreher, F. Pauly, J. Heurich, J. C. Cuevas, E. Scheer, P. Nielaba, Structure and Conductance Histogram of Atomic-Sized Au Contacts, Phys. Rev. B 72, 075435 (2005)

  • D. Guhr, D. Rettinger, J. Boneberg, A. Erbe, P. Leiderer, E. Scheer, Influence of laser light onto the electronic transport through atomic-sized contacts, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 086801 (2007)

  • J. C. Cuevas, E. Scheer, Molecular Electronics: An Introduction to Theory and Experiment, World Scientific Series in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – Vol. 1, 700 pp., Singapore 2010

  • Y. Kim, T. Pietsch, A. Erbe, W. Belzig, E. Scheer, Benzenedithiol: A Broad-Range Single-Channel Molecular Conductor, Nano Letters 11, 3734 (2011)

  • Y. Kim, A. Garcia-Lekue, D. Sysoiev, T. Frederiksen, U. Groth, E. Scheer, Charge Transport in Single Azobenzene Molecule Devices, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 226801 (2012)

  • C. Schirm, M. Matt, F. Pauly, J. C. Cuevas, P. Nielaba, E. Scheer, An electromigration-driven single-atom memory, Nature Nanotech. 8, 645 (2013)

  • D. Benner, J. Boneberg, P. Nürnberger, R. Waitz, P. Leiderer, E. Scheer, Lateral and Temporal Dependence of the Transport through an Atomic Gold Contact under Light Irradiation: Signature of Propagating Surface Plasmon Polaritons, Nano Letters 14, 5218 (2014)

  • F. Strigl, C. Espy, M. Bückle, E. Scheer, T. Pietsch, Emerging Magnetic Order in Pt Atomic Contacts and Chains, Nature Commun. 6, 6172 (2015)

  • A. Di Bernardo, S. Diesch, Y. Gu, J. Linder, M.G. Blamire, E. Scheer, J. W. A. Robinson, Signature of Magnetic-Dependent Gapless Odd frequency States at Superconductor / Ferromagnet Interfaces, accepted for publication at Nature Communications, July 2015


Selected projects

  • Molecular Electronics: The main focus is set onto the study of hybrid devices consisting of single molecules contacted with atomically sharp metal electrodes.

  • Magnetism at the atomic scale

  • Atomic-size and molecular contacts under electromagnetic irradiation

  • Interacting electrons on the mesoscopic length scale

    This topic includes (a) the exploration of the competition between superconducting and ferromagnetic order as well as the interplay of charging effects and superconductivity.

  • Micro- and Nanomechanics: We study mechanical properties of nano- to micro-scale systems. We developed an optical method for determining the bending waves and their dispersion relations of membranes in a frequency range up to roughly 10 MHz, enabling us to determine material properties such as Young’s modulus in nano- and micro-scale systems.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Physical Society (DPG), 1990 – present

  • Elected member of the department board (Fachbereichsrat), 2001 – present

  • Member of the board of trustees of the journal Physik in unserer Zeit (Physics in Our Time), 2002 – present

  • Member of the prize committee for the Walter Schottky Prize of the German Physical Society, 2003–2005

  • Local coordinator and member of the executive committee of the research network “Functional Nanostructures”, 2003 – 2012

  • Member of the editorial board of World Scientific Publishers' series in nanoscience and nanotechnology, 2004 – present

  • Member of the advisory board to the European School on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (ESONN), 2004 – present

  • Member of the steering committee for the Konstanz application in the Excellence Initiative (Third Funding Line), 2006 – 2009

  • Spokesperson for Collaborative Research Centre 767, "Controlled Nanostructures", 2008 – 2011

  • Vice-spokesperson for Collaborative Research Centre 767, 2012 – present

  • Elected member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) review board 307 (Solid State Physics), 2012 – present

  • Member of the advisory board to the Helmholtz Kolleg “NANONET” at Dresden-Rossendorf, 2012 – present

  • Member of the advisory board to the Helmholtz Centre Jülich, 2013 – present

  • Member of the American Chemical Society, 2014 – present

  • Member of the prize committee for the Stern-Gerlach Medal of the German Physical Society, 2015 – present

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Sailing, classic yachts


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