Prof. Dr. Christian Pfleiderer



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Pfleiderer (b. 1965) carries out research in the field of experimental solid state physics. The primary focus of his research is the systematic search for new material properties with unusual topological characteristics and strong electronic correlations in the areas of magnetism and superconductivity. His portfolio of experimental methods encompasses the single crystal growth of intermetallic compounds, the measurement of transport and volume properties under extreme conditions and a wide range of scattering methods.
Professor Pfleiderer studied physics in Tübingen and Denver. He acquired his doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge which he attended between 1990 and 1994. Subsequently he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) in Grenoble (1994-1996) and headed a Helmholtz junior university research group in Karlsruhe. In 2004 he was appointed associate professor of magnetic materials and in 2014 full professor of topology of correlated systems at TUM.
Professor Pfleiderer is also a member of the board of Transregio 80 of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the affiliated graduate school and the German representative on the C5 commission (Commission on Low Temperature Physics) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).


  • Max Born Prize of the Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft and the Institute of Physics (UK) (2016)
  • European Physical Society’s prestigious Europhysics Prize (2016)
  • Advanced grant of the European Research Council (2012)
  • Academy Prize of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2004)

Key Publications

Milde P, Köhler D, Seidel J, Eng L, Bauer A, Chacon A, Kindervater J, Mühlbauer S, Pfleiderer C, Buhrandt S, Schütte C, Rosch A: „Unwinding of a Skyrmion Lattice by Magnetic Monopoles”. Science. 2013; 340(6136): 1076-1080. 


Ritz R, Halder M, Wagner M, Franz C, Bauer A, Pfleiderer C: “Formation of a Topological Non-Fermi Liquid in MnSi”. Nature. 2013; 497:231-234. 

Jonietz F, Mühlbauer S, Pfleiderer C, Neubauer A, Münzer W, Bauer A, Georgii R, Böni P, Duine RA, Everschor K, Garst M,  Rosch A: "Spin Transfer Torques in MnSi at Ultra-low Current Densities". Science. 2010; 330: 1648.


Pfleiderer C: “Superconducting phases of f-electron compounds”. Reviews of Modern Physics. 2009; 81: 1015.


Mühlbauer S, Binz B, Jonietz F, Pfleiderer C, Rosch A, Neubauer A, Georgii R, Böni P: “Skyrmion lattice in a chiral magnet”. Science. 2009; 323: 915.