Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Franz Pfeiffer



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Pfeiffer (b. 1972) conducts research on biomedical X-ray physics. The focus of this research is new imaging methods for improved early diagnosis and detailed studies of illnesses such as cancer and osteoporosis. His scientific work extends from fundamentally oriented research with high-energy X-rays in large international research centers to applied research on new concepts in medical technology.  
Professor Pfeiffer studied physics at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University (1999) and was awarded doctorates by the Institut Laue-Langevin (Grenoble) and the University of Saarbrücken (2003). Following subsequent positions as a post-doc in Urbana-Champaign (USA) and as a member of scientific staff at the Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland, 2008), he initially assumed the position of assistant professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (2008). He was appointed to the Chair of Biomedical Physics at TUM in 2009.


  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (2011)
  • Röntgenpreis der Universität Giessen (2010)
  • Nationaler Latsis Preis Schweiz (2010)
  • Starting Grant Award der Europäischen Forschungsgemeinschaft (2009)

Key Publications

Dierolf M, Menzel A, Thibault P, Schneider P, Kewish CM, Wepf R, Bunk O, Pfeiffer F: "Ptychographic X-ray computed tomography at the nanoscale". Nature. 2010; 467: 436-439.


Thibault P, Dierolf M, Menzel A, Bunk O, David C, Pfeiffer F: "High-resolution scanning x-ray diffraction microscopy". Science. 2008; 321: 379-382.


Pfeiffer F, Bech M, Bunk O, Kraft P, Eikenberry EF, Bronnimann C, Gruenzweig C, David C: "Hard-X-ray dark-field imaging using a grating interferometer". Nature Materials. 2008; 7: 134-137.


Pfeiffer F, Weitkamp T, Bunk O, David C: "Phase retrieval and differential phase-contrast imaging with low-brilliance X-ray sources". Nature Physics. 2006; 2: 258-261.


Pfeiffer F, David C, Burghammer M, Riekel C, Salditt T: "Two-dimensional x-ray waveguides and point sources". Science. 2002; 297: 230-234.