Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Ulrich Kaspar Heiz



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Heiz explores the physical and chemical properties of the smallest matter particles in the non-scalable size regime. In this regime, the properties of the clusters are determined by the exact number of atoms. His research findings create a better understanding of nanocatalysis, asymmetric catalysis and photocatalysis. He also works on characterizing and developing new optic materials based on size-selected clusters.

After studying chemistry at the University of Bern (1987), Prof. Heiz obtained his doctorate there in physical chemistry (1991). Thanks to grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Swiss National Science Foundation, he was able to do research at the laboratory of the Exxon Research and Engineering Company and the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his lecturer qualification in physics at the University of Lausanne in 1998. After that, he spent time in Japan and Berlin (as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow) before accepting a professorship at the University of Ulm in 2000. Since 2004, he has been full professor of physical chemistry at TUM. He has declined several Chairs at overseas universities (University of California at Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA). Prof. Heiz is a member of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation board. In 2010, he received an ERC Advanced Grant.


  • ERC Advanced Grant (2010)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Ausschussmitglied (2006)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (2000)
  • Andrew Mellon Fellow (1992)

Key Publications

Harding C, Habibpour V, Kunz S, A. Farnbacher ANS, Heiz U, Yoon B, Landman U: “Control and manipulation of gold nanocatalysis: effects of metal oxide support thickness and composition”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009; 131: 538-548.


Roettgen MA, Abbet S, Judai K, Antonietti JM, Woerz AS, Arenz M, Henry CR, Heiz U: “Cluster chemistry: size-dependent reactivity induced by reverse spill-over”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007; 129: 9635-9639.


Yoon B, Haekkinen H, Landman U, Woerz AS, Antonietti JM, Abbet S, Judai K, Heiz U: “Charging effects on bonding and catalyzed oxidation of CO on Au8 clusters on MgO”. Science (Washington, DC, U. S.). 2005; 307: 403-407.


Judai K, Abbet S, Woerz AS, Heiz U, Henry CR: “Low-temperature cluster catalysis”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004; 126: 2732-2737.


Hakkinen H, Abbet S, Sanchez A, Heiz U, Landman U: “Structural, electronic, and impurity-doping effects in nanoscale chemistry: supported gold nanoclusters”. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2003; 42: 1297-1300.