Prof. Dr. Johannes Barth



Academic Career and Research Areas

The research activities of Prof. Barth (b. 1962) center on the fundamental understanding of phenomena at boundary surfaces and the design of functional molecular nanostructures. His work focuses on the control of complex molecules and highly-organized supramolecular architectures at the atomic scale.

After studying physics at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Prof. Barth received his doctorate in physical chemistry under Prof. G. Ertl at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin (1992). Following that, he became an IBM Postdoctoral Fellow at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, USA. He spent over a decade continuing his work at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. It was there that he received his postdoctoral lecture qualification in 1999. Prior to his appointment as a full professor at TUM in 2006, he researched and taught at the Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is currently an adjunct professor at that university.


Klappenberger F, Zhang YO, Björk J, Klyatskaya S, Ruben M, Barth JV: "On-surface synthesis of carbon-based scaffolds and nanomaterials using terminal alkynes". Accounts of Chemical Research. 2015; 48: 2140-2150.


Auwärter W, Écija D, Klappenberger F, Barth JV: "Porphyrins at interfaces". Nature Chemistry. 2015; 7: 105-120.


Barth JV: “Molecular architectonic on metal surfaces”. Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. 2007; 58: 375-407.


Barth JV, Costantini G, Kern K: “Engineering atomic and molecular nanostructures at surfaces”. Nature. 2005; 437: 671-679.


Barth JV, Brune H, Ertl G, Behm RJ: “Scanning tunneling microscopy observations on the reconstructed Au(111) surface : atomic structure, long-range superstructure, rotational domains and surface defects”. Physical Review B. 1990; 42: 9307-9318.