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CV – Philip Hofmann


Civil status: born 1967 in Berlin, German citizen, married, two children


Academic experience


1986-1991 student of physics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

1991-1992 visit at Sincrotrone Trieste, Trieste, Italy

1992-1994 PhD student,Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany

1995-1997 postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National

                   Laboratory, USA

1997-1998 work-group leader at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

1998-2010 associate professor, Institute for Storage Ring Facilities and

         Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University, Denmark

2007-2008 Visiting Professor at the Surface Science Research Centre,

                  University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

2010-2015 (Full) professor with special responsibilities in solid state physics, Department of

                  Physics and Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center,

                  Aarhus University, Denmark

2015-         Full professor, ibid.

2015-         Scientific Director, ASTRID2 synchrotron radiation facility, Aarhus University


Academic degrees:


Diplom (1991)

Dr. rer. nat. (1994)

Dr. scient. (2006)


Research awards:


Ernst-Eckhard-Koch award of the Berlin Electron Storage Ring Society BESSY (1994)

Otto-Hahn-Medaille of the Max-Planck-Society (1995)

Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander v. Humboldt Stiftung (1995)

Carl Ramsauer award of the AEG / Daimler Benz AG (1996)

Visiting Professorship of the Leverhulme Trust (2007)

Gaede Award of the German Vacuum Society (2011)

Topforsker Award from the Danish National Research Council (2015)


Leadership experience and other professional activities


  1. *Centre leader VILLUM Centre of Excellence for Dirac materials (2016-)

  2. *member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for DIAMOND (2017-)

* member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the MAX IV laboratory (2013-)

  1. *member of the executive committees of the Department of  Physics and Astronomy (2010-2015)

  2. *Member of the Swedish Research Council review panel for atomic and molecular physics, optics and condensed matter physics (2014)

  3. *Initiator and main applicant for an ESF EuroCORES application on topological insulators. The application

  involved all the leading European groups in this field and a total of 60 groups from 12 countries (2010)

  1. *Member of the steering committee for the International Conference on Atomically Controlled Surfaces,

  Interfaces and Nanostructures (since 2009)

* Co-organizer of a symposium on topological insulators for the 2012 MRS spring meeting in San Francisco

* PhD commission opponent and / or head of commission in Denmark, Spain, Italy, Sweden and China

  1. *member of the beamtime evaluation committee for the Italian Synchrotron radiation source ELETTRA

   (2006-2008)

* member of the beamtime evaluation committee for the Danish Synchrotron radiation source ASTRID (2005-)

  1. *member of the beamtime evaluation committee for the Canadian Light Source (2011-)

  2. *member and head of evaluation commissions (full professor, associate professors, postdoc)

* referee for many journals, including Science, Nature and Nature group, Physical Review Journals and others.

  1. *foreign external expert advising the national research foundations of Japan, Holland, Switzerland, Italy and

   the USA


Thesis supervision


16 PhD students, 12 Master of Science students, 16 bachelor students


External funding


Significant funding for PhD students, postdocs instrumentation and running costs raised from the  Danish Natural Research Council, the Danish Technical Research Council, the Danish Industry Ministry, the Danish Foreign Ministry, the Carlsberg Foundation, the Lundbeck Foundation, the European Union and the Rector’s Conference of the Danish Universities. Applicant and co-applicant for grants totalling more than 24 Million DKK during the last five years Co-applicant for the 3rdgeneration synchrotron radiation source ASTRID2 in Aarhus. Recently, I have received a 7 million DKK grant from the VILLUM foundation for research on topological insulators, a 4.9 million DKK pilot centre grant from the Aarhus University Research Foundation and a 11.5 million DKK topforsker grant from the Danish National Research Council. Most recently, we received funding for the VILLUM Centre of Excellence for Dirac Materials (35 million DKK).


Oral presentations


>60 invited talks at international conferences and workshops


Publication statistics:


My publication list contains more than 180 entries in international, peer-reviewed journals, including

Nature: 2

Nature Nanotechnology: 1

Nature Physics: 2

Nature Materials: 1

Physical Review Letters: 26


The work is highly cited with more than 6000 citations in total and an H-factor of 43 (ISI web of knowledge) / 49 (google scholar). In addition to these research papers, I have written an introductory textbook on solid state physics (Wiley-VCH, 2008, 2nd ed. 2015) and one on surface physics (self-published, 2013).


see also my Researcher ID