Prof. Dr. Christine M. Papadakis

Associate Professor

Soft Matter Physics



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Papadakis (b. 1967) conducts research into experimental soft matter physics, investigating polymers in particular. Her aim is to gain a molecular understanding of the structures and related processes. She primarily uses scattering methods for this work.

After studying physics at the Universities of Mainz and Grenoble, she did her doctorate in 1996 at the University of Roskilde, Denmark. Following a postdoctoral stay (1996-98) at Risø National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark, Prof. Papadakis completed her lecturer qualification at the Chair of Prof. F. Kremer at the University of Leipzig (1998-2003). She has been a professor in TUM’s physics department since 2003. From 2011 to 2014 she was member of the project review panel X-ray Diffraction/Scattering - Soft Materials Bulk at the DESY, Hamburg. Since 2012 she has been member of the subcommittee of the scientific council Structure and Dynamics of Soft Condensed Matter at the ILL, Grenoble. Since April 2015 she has been editor-in-chief at Colloid & Polymer Science, Springer Verlag


  • Stipendium des Danish Research Council (1994/1995)
  • DAAD-Stipendium (1989/1990)

Key Publications

Peterson VK, Papadakis CM: “Functional materials analysis using in operando X-ray and neutron scattering”. IUCrJ. 2015; 2 (2): 292-304.

Kyriakos K, Philipp M, Adelsberger J, Jaksch S, Berezkin AV, Lugo DM, Richtering W, Grillo I, Miasnikova A, Laschewsky A, Müller-Buschbaum P, Papadakis CM: “Cononsolvency of water/methanol mixtures for PNIPAM and PS-b-PNIPAM: Pathway of aggregate formation investigated using time-resolved SANS”. Macromolecules. 2014; 47 (19): 6867-6879.

Papadakis CM, Košovan P, Richtering W, Wöll D: “Polymers in focus: Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy”. Colloid. Polym. Sci. 2014; 292 (10): 2399-2411.

Zhang J, Posselt D, Smilgies DM, Perlich J, Kyriakos K, Jaksch S,  Papadakis CM: “Complex macrophase-separated nanostructure induced by microphase separation in binary blends of lamellar diblock copolymer thin films”. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2014; 35 (18): 1622-1629.

Laschewsky A, Müller-Buschbaum P, Papadakis CM: “Thermoresponsive amphiphilic di- and triblock copolymers based on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) and poly (methoxy diethylene glycol acrylate): aggregation and hydrogel formation in bulk solution and in thin films”. Progr. Colloid Polym. Sci. 2013; 140: 15-34.