Prof. Dr. David Egger



Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Egger (b. 1987) conducts research on atomistic theories of functional materials that drive energy devices such as solar cells. One goal of his work is the discovery of new energy materials which would, for example, allow for a more efficient conversion of sunlight into electricity. To this end, his group develops and applies various theoretical methods, such as electronic-structure and molecular-dynamics techniques. These are used for calculating the properties of molecules, solid-state materials as well as nanostructured interfaces.

Prof. Egger received his doctorate in Physics from Graz University of Technology (Austria) in 2013. He continued his research work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), from 2014-2017. Between 2017 and 2019, he was leading a research group at the University of Regensburg (Germany), supported by the Sofja-Kovalevskaja Award of the Humboldt Foundation. In June 2019, he was appointed Rudolf Mößbauer Professor at TUM.


    • Sofja-Kovalevskaja Award of the Humboldt Foundation (2017)
    • Best Thesis Award of TU Graz (2015)
    • Koshland Prize of the Weizmann Institute of Science (2014)
    • Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund (2014)
    • DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2010)

    Gehrmann C, Egger DA: "Dynamic shortening of disorder potentials in anharmonic halide perovskites" Nature Communications. 2019. 10; 3141.


    Egger DA, Bera A, Cahen D, Hodes G, Kirchartz T, Kronik L, Lovrincic R, Rappe AM, Reichman DR, Yaffe O: „What Remains Unexplained about the Properties of Halide Perovskites?” Advanced Materials. 2018. 30(20): 1800691


    Kirchartz T, Markvart T, Rau U, Egger DA: „Impact of Small Phonon Energies on the Charge-Carrier Lifetimes in Metal-Halide Perovskites”. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 2018. 9(5): 939-946.


    Brenner TM, Egger DA, Kronik L, Hodes G, Cahen D: „Hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites: low-cost semiconductors with intriguing charge transport properties”. Nature Reviews Materials. 2016. 1; 15007.


    Egger DA, Liu ZF, Neaton JB, Kronik L: „Reliable Energy Level Alignment at Physisorbed Molecule-Metal Interfaces from Density Functional Theory”. Nano Letters. 2015. 15(4); 2448-2455.