Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Willi Auwärter

Assistant Professor

Molecular Engineering at Functional Interfaces



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research focus of Professor Auwärter (b.1973) lies on the creation of nanoscale model systems on atomically tailored surfaces, enabling the study and control of single-molecule processes as well as the self-assembly of supramolecular structures. This approach includes the use of ultra-thin textured layers of boron nitride as a substrate. The studies are inspired by the chemistry of life – which shows how functionally versatile a single set of molecular building blocks can be – and oriented toward innovation in nanotechnology. Professor Auwärter studied physics at the University of Zurich (1993-1999), where he received his PhD in 2003. Subsequently he worked as postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He joined TUM in 2007. In 2015 he was appointed tenure track professor.


  • Gaede-Prize, Deutsche Vakuumgesellschaft (2015)
  • ERC Consolidator Grant, EU (2013)
  • Carl von Linde Junior Fellowship, TUM-IAS (2010)
  • Fellowship for Prospective Researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation (2004)

Key Publications

Joshi S, Ecija D, Koitz R, Iannuzzi M, Seitsonen AP, Hutter J, Sachdev H, Vijarayaraghavan S, Bischoff F, Seufert K, Barth JV, Auwärter W: „Hexagonal boronnitride on Cu(111): An electronically corrugated monolayer“. Nano Letters. 2012; 12(11): 5821-5828.


Auwärter W, Seufert K, Bischoff F, Ecija D, Vijarayaraghavan S, Joshi S, Klappenberger F, Samudrala N, Barth JV: „A surface-anchored molecular four-level conductance switch based on single proton transfer“. Nature Nanotechnology. 2012; 7: 41-46.


Seufert K, Bocquet ML, Auwärter W, Weber-Bargioni A, Reichert J, Lorente N, Barth JV: „Cis-dicarbonyl binding at cobalt and iron porphyrins with saddle-shape conformation“. Nature Chemistry. 2011; 3: 114-119.


Auwärter W, Weber-Bargioni A, Brink S, Riemann A, Schiffrin A, Ruben M, Barth JV: „Controlled metalation of self-assembled porphyrin nanoarrays in two dimensions“. ChemPhysChem. 2007; 8(2): 250-254.


Corso M, Auwärter W, Muntwiler M, Tamai A, Greber T, Osterwalder J: „Boron Nitride Nanomesh“. Science. 2004; 303(5655): 217-220.