Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989
    Summer student, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland

  • 1990 – 1992
    Scientific collaborator as graduate student, PSI, Switzerland

  • 1992 – 1995
    Research assistant at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides Semi-cristallins, EPF Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 1995 – 1998
    Scientific collaborator at Laboratory for Solid State Physics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1999 – 2003
    Scientific collaborator at Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (MPI CPfS)

  • 2001 – 2002
    Visiting professor at the Institute of Solid State Physics, Nagoya University, Japan

  • 2003 – 2005
    C3 (Assoc. prof.) at MPI CPfS, Dresden, Germany

  • Since 2005
    Full professor at IFP, TU Vienna

Selected publications

  • S. Friedemann, N. Oeschler, S. Wirth, C. Krellner, C. Geibel, F. Steglich, S. Paschen, S. Kirchner, and Q. Si, Fermi-surface collapse and dynamical scaling near a quantum-critical point, PNAS 107, 14547-14551 (2010).

  • J. Custers, P. Gegenwart, C. Geibel, F. Steglich, P. Coleman, and S. Paschen, Evidence for a non-Fermi-liquid phase in Ge-substituted YbRh_2Si_2, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 186402 (2010).

  • S. Hartmann, N. Oeschler, C. Krellner, C. Geibel, S. Paschen, and F. Steglich, Thermopower evidence for an abrupt Fermi surface change at the quantum critical point of YbRh_2Si_2, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 096401 (2010).

  • P. Gegenwart, T. Westerkamp, C. Krellner, Y. Tokiwa, S. Paschen, C. Geibel, F. Steglich, E. Abrahams, and Q. Si, Multiple energy scales at a quantum critical point, Science 315, 969-971 (2007).

  • S. Paschen, T. Lühmann, S. Wirth, P. Gegenwart, O. Trovarelli, C. Geibel, F. Steglich, P. Coleman, and Q. Si, Hall-effect evolution across a heavy-fermion quantum critical point, Nature 432, 881-885 (2004).

  • J. Custers et al, "Destruction of the Kondo effect in the cubic heavy-fermion compound Ce3Pd20Si6", Nature Materials 11, 189 (2012)

Selected projects

  • Building Solids for Function, W1243-N16 (1 of 14 PIs), 2012 – 2016

  • Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials: Theory, Model Systems and Controlled Synthesis (PI, 3 co-proposers), Austrian Science Fund, Doctoral School, 2012 – 2015

  • Nanostructured Transition-Metal Clathrates and Clathrate-Oxide Nanocomposites, project in DFG Priority Program 1386, 2012 – 2015

  • Austrian Science Fund project TRP176, "Thermoelektrische Clathrate zur Abwärmerückgewinnung" (proposer), 2011 – 2014

  • Austrian Science Fund project I623, "Thermoelectricity of Quantum Matter" (proposer), 2011 – 2014

  • ERC Advanced Grant No 227378, "Quantum Criticality – The Puzzle of Multiple Energy Scales" (proposer), 2009 – 2014

  • Doctoral Program of TU Vienna, 2008, "Functional Matter" (speaker), 2008 – 2012

  • Infrastructure IV, 2007/2008, Austrian Ministery of Science, "Materials Characterization Platform" (1 of 6 proposers), 2008

  • Infrastructure IV, 2007/2008, Austrian Ministery of Science, "Designed Matter and Quantum Technologies" (1 of 10 proposers), 2008

  • Energie der Zukunft 2050, Austrian Ministery of Science, "Thermoelektrizität in Clathraten: Abwärme als wertvolle Energiequelle der Zukunft" (proposer), 2008

  • Innovative Project of TU Vienna, 2007, "Quantum materials at multiple extreme conditions" (proposer), 2007

  • Short Term Project "Complex metallic alloys as thermoelectrics" in the FP6 NoE CMA (leader), 2007 – 2009

  • Austrian Science Fund project P19458 "Strongly correlated cage compounds" (proposer), 2007 – 2010

  • FP7 EU NoE CMA (coordinator of TU Vienna node), 2006 – 2009

  • Infrastructure II, 2004 of TU Vienna, Austrian Ministery of Science, "New Materials" (external proposer), 2004

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • MC Member (CM0904 AT) to COST Action CM0904 "Network for intermetallic compounds as catalysts for steam reforming methanol (IMC-SRM)", since 2010

  • Speaker of Research and Activity Domain "Materials for Thermoelectricity and Magnetocalorimetry" of the European Integrated Centre for the Development of New Metallic Alloys and Compounds (C-MAC, Successor organization of NoE CMA), since 2009

  • Chair of search committee for full professorship, 2008 – 2009

  • "Experimental Solid State Physics" at IFP at TU Vienna; position taken by Prof. Dr. Andrei Pimenov as on July 1st, 2010

  • Speaker of Doctoral Program "Functional Matter" at TU Vienna (, since 2008

  • Member of ESF Research Networking Program, since 2008

  • "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Functional Electronic and Biological Materials" (

  • Head of IFP at TU Vienna, since 2007

  • Deputy director of TU Vienna for FP6 Network of Excellence Complex Metallic Alloys (NoE CMA), leader of a workpackage, a longterm, and a shortterm project (, 2007 – 2010

  • Vice president of faculty board of Faculty of Physics at TU Vienna, since 2007

  • Member of "Functional Matter" alliance, an interfacultary cooperation center at TU Vienna (, since 2007

  • Chair of "Arbeitskreis Chancengleichheit Physik" of the Austrian Physical Society (, 2006 – 2009

  • Chair of search committee for full professorship "Computational Materials Science" at IFP at TU Vienna; position taken by Prof. Dr. Karsten Held as on March 1st, 2008, 2006 – 2007

  • Corresponding member of "Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics" (, 2004 – 2009

Referee for the following journals and organisations

  • Nature

  • Science

  • Physical Review Letters

  • Applied Physics Letters

  • Physical Review B and others

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Excellence Initiative, Priority Programes, Collaborative Research Centres, Individual Grants)

  • US Department of Energy

  • Czech Science Foundation (GA ČR)

  • Swedish Science Foundation


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