Prof. Dr. Steffen Glaser


Organic Chemistry

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Glaser (*1958) conducts research on the development of novel theories and methods in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments, focusing, in particular, on the optimal control of spin systems with applications in structural biology, medical imaging and quantum information processing.

After studying physics in Heidelberg, he conducted his doctoral research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, earning his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg in 1987. Following a research stay at the University of Washington, Seattle, he completed his post-doctoral teaching qualification at the University of Frankfurt/Main (1993). He was appointed to his professorship at TUM in 1999. Since 2005, he has served as speaker for international doctoral programs of the Elite Network of Bavaria (QCCC: Quantum Computing, Communication, and Control, 2005-2013 and ExQM: Exploring Quantum Matter, 2014-2022), which include research groups at TUM, LMU, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.


  • Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011)
  • Innovation Award for the Advancement of Medical Technology, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (2010)
  • Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts (2003)

Li JS, Ruths J, Glaser SJ: "Exact broadband excitation of two-level systems: mapping spins to springs". Nature Communications. 2017; 8: 466.


Braun M, Glaser SJ: "Concurrently optimized cooperative pulses in robust quantum control: application to broadband Ramsey-type pulse sequence elements". New Journal of Physics. 2014; 16: 115002.


Schilling F, Warner LR, Gershenzon NI, Skinner TE, Sattler M, Glaser SJ: "Next-generation heteronuclear decoupling for high-field biomolecular NMR spectroscopy". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2014; 53(17): 4475-4479.


Lapert M, Zhang Y, Janich MA, Glaser SJ, Sugny D: "Exploring the physical limits of saturation contrast in magnetic resonance imaging". Scientific Reports. 2012; 2: 589.


Khaneja N, Reiss T, Kehlet C, Schulte-Herbrüggen T, Glaser SJ: "Optimal control of coupled spin dynamics: design of NMR pulse sequences by gradient ascent algorithms". Journal of Magnetic Resonance. 2005; 172: 296-305.