Prof. Dr. Dominik Bucher


Quantum Sensing

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Dominik Bucher (*1985) uses defects in diamond, known as NV centers, as quantum sensors for NMR spectroscopy in the nano- to micro-scale range. His research group works at the unique intersection of quantum sensing and chemistry, utilizing interdisciplinary methods from applied quantum physics, materials science, and biophysics. The goal of the research is to apply NMR spectroscopy at the smallest length scales, from nanoscience and surfaces to microfluidics and single-cell biology.

Prof. Bucher studied Chemistry at TUM, where he earned his M.Sc. degree in 2010. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in Biophysics at LMU, where he utilized ultrafast spectroscopy to study UV-induced damage processes in DNA. With a growing interest in potential applications of quantum technology in Chemistry, he moved to Ronald Walsworth's group at Harvard for his postdoctoral work. In the spring of 2019, he started his independent career as a junior research group leader at TUM. In 2022, he was appointed as a Rudolf Mößbauer Professor.


  • Felix-Bloch Lectureship (2022)
  • TUM IDEAward (2021)
  • ERC Starting Grant (2020)
  • Emmy Noether-Fellowship (2019)
  • 1000 talents program award (2018)

Imaging local diffusion in microstructures using NV-based pulsed field gradient, NMR arXiv:2303.03516 (2023).


Extending the coherence time of spin defects in hBN enables advanced qubit control and quantum sensing, arXiv:2212.12826 (2022).


Microfluidic quantum sensing platform for lab-on-a-chip applictions. Lab-on-a-chip, Lab Chip, 22, 831-4840 (2022).


Surface NMR using quantum sensors in diamond, PNAS, 119 (5) e2111607119 (2022).


High-Resolution Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Using a Solid-State Spin Sensor, Nature 555, 351-354 (2018).