Short CV/Education and training

  • 1985
    Abitur (A-levels) at Gymnasium am Mühlenberg (grammar school), Bad Schwartau, Germany

  • 1985
    Enrolment on the biology course, Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany

  • 1986
    Transfer to the physics course

  • 1988
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in physics

  • 1989
    Continuation with upper division studies, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1991 – 1992
    Diplom thesis, Institute of Oscillation Physics, Department of Psychoacoustics

  • 1992 – 1996
    PhD dissertation, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Mainz University, Germany

  • 1996 – 1997
    Postdoc at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal in Pessac, France

  • 1998 – 2003
    Research associate at the Institute of Chemistry / Stranki Laboratory, TU (university of technology) Berlin, Germany

  • 2003
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), TU Berlin

  • 2004
    Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

  • 2004 – 2006
    C3 Professor of physical chemistry, Kiel University, Germany

  • 2006 – 2010
    W2 Professor of applied physical chemistry, TU Berlin

  • Since 2007
    Associate managing director of the Institute of Chemistry, TU Berlin

  • Since 2010
    W3 Professor of applied physical chemistry, TU Berlin

Selected publications

  • von Klitzing, R. et al.: No Charge Reversal at Foam Film Surfaces after Addition of Oppositely Charged Polyelectrolytes? In: J. Phys. Chem B 112, 2009. S. 7986-7990.

  • von Klitzing, R. et al.: Surviving structure in colloidal suspensions squeezed from 3d to 2d. In: Phys. Rev. Letters 100, 2008. S. 118-303.

  • von Klitzing, R. et al.: Thermoresponsive surface by spin-coating of PNIPAM-co-PAA microgels A combined AFM and ellipsometry. In: Polymer 49, 2008. S. 749-756.

  • von Klitzing, R. et al.: Specific ion effects in physicochemical and biological systems: Simulations, Theory and experiments. In: Colloids Surf. 303, 2007. S. 110-136.

  • von Klitzing, R. et al.: Responsive Polyelectrolyte Multilayers. In: Colloids Surf. A. 303, 2007. S. 3-13.

  • von Klitzing, R. et al.: Lateral mobility of polyelectrolyte chains in multilayers. In: J. Phys. Chem. 111, 2007. S. 8572-8581.

  • von Klitzing, R. et al.: Effect of Polymer Charge and Geometrical Confinement on Ion Distribution and the structuring in Semi-dilute Polyelectrolyte Solution comparison between AFM and SAXS. In: Macromolecules. 39, 2006. S. 7364-7371.

  • von Klitzing, R. et al.: Electrical Detection of Self-Assembled Polyelectrolyte Multilayers by a Thin Film Resistor. In: Macromolecules 39, 2006. S. 463-466.

  • von Klitzing, R.: Internal Structure of polyelectrolyte multilayer assemblies. In: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys 8, 2006. S. 5012-5033.

  • von Klitzing, R. et al.: Evidence of surface charge at the air/water interface from thin-film studies on polyelectrolyte-coated substrates. In: Langmuir 21, 2005. S. 4790-4793.

Selected projects

  • Specific ion effects in thin liquid films

  • Structuring of colloidal dispersions under geometrical confinement

  • Stimuli-responsive hybrid materials on polymer gel basis

  • Modification of solid surfaces by functionalised polymer films

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Deputy division head of the Chemical Physics and Polymer Physics Division (CPP) of the German Physical Society (DPG), since 2010

  • Deputy chairperson of the German-American Research Training Group (IRTG), "Self-assembly of soft-matter nanostructures at interfaces", German Research Council, since 2009

  • Elected member of the Research with Neutrons (KFN) committee, since 2008

  • Appointed member of the Dechema (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) ProcessNet "Active and Responsive Interfaces", since 2008

  • Appointed member of the education committee, German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry, since 2008

  • Member of the scientific committee of the LLB (Laboratoire Leon Brillouin) in Saclay, France, neutron reactor beam time, since 2008

  • Member of the scientific committee of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL), since 2007

  • Elected member of the council for the Institute of Chemistry, TU Berlin, since 2007

  • Member of the examination committee of the Lette Society (training centre), Berlin, since 2006

  • Associate chairperson of the EU COST action D43,

    German representative of the management committee, group leader, since 2006

  • Member of the German-American Frontiers of Science (GAFOS) committee, sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the US National Academy of Science, organiser for the physics department, 2006 – 2010

  • Member of the scientific committee at the Hahn-Meitner Institute, neutron reactor beam time, 2006 – 2009

  • Member of the Steering Committee for the Priority Programme SPP 1369 "Polymer-Solid Contacts: Interfaces and Interphases", German Research Foundation, since 2005

  • Member of the scientific committee at the Synchrotron Radiation Source BESSY II, synchrotron beam time, 2005

  • Member of the scientific subcommittee "Structure and Dynamics of Soft-Condensed Matter at ILL in Grenoble" (neutron reactor beam time), 2000 – 2003

Additional qualifications

Peer-review activities:

  • German Research Foundation (DFG): individual grants

  • European Community (EU): integrative projects

  • Swiss National Fund (SNF): individual funding

  • Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO): individual funding

  • Agence Nationale de Recherche (ANR), France: individual funding

  • US Department of Energy: individual funding


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  1. Regine von Klitzing Receives 2016 EPJ E Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize

    The journal EPJ E – Soft Matter and Biological Physics has honoured the German physicist Regine von Klitzing with the 2016 'EPJ E Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize'.