Prof. Dr. Rudolf Gross



Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Gross (b. 1956) conducts research in the field of low-temperature solid-state physics. The major focus of his research is innovative superconducting and magnetic materials and devices. He is particularly interested in studying quantum phenomena in solid-state nanostructures and their application in quantum technology.

After studying physics, he received his doctorate from the University of Tübingen in 1987. Following posts at various research institutes including Tsukuba and IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, he acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) at Tübingen in 1993. In 1995, he accepted a full professor position at the University of Cologne. In 2000, he became director of the Walther Meißner Institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, which is combined with a Chair position at TUM. He was the spokesperson of the Collaborate Research Center 631 (2003-2015), served on the executive committee of the cluster of excellence “Nanosystems Initiative Munich” (2006–2018) and is spokesman of the cluster of excellence “Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology” (since 2018). He also serves on various scientific advisory boards.


  • Silver Medal of Merit, Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2015)
  • Leibniz Medal, IFW Dresden (2015)
  • Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal, TUM (2007)
  • Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2002)
  • Dr. Friedrich Förster Award, University of Tübingen (1984)

Gross R, Marx A: Festkörperphysik. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2018.


Meyer S, Yan-Ting Chen, Wimmer S, Althammer M, Geprägs S, Huebl H, Ködderitzsch D, Ebert H, Bauer GEW, Gross R, Goennenwein STB: “Observation of the Spin Nernst Effect”. Nature Materials. 2017; 16: 977.


Nakayama H, Althammer M, Chen YT, Uchida K, Kajiwara Y, Kikuchi D, Ohtani T, Geprägs S, Opel M, Takahashi S, Gross R, Bauer GEW, Goennenwein STB, Saitoh E: “Spin Hall Magnetoresistance Induced by a Non-Equilibrium Proximity Effect”. Physical Review Letters. 2013; 110: 206601.


Niemczyk T, Deppe F, Huebl H, Menzel EP, Hocke F, Schwarz MJ, Garcia-Ripoll JJ, Zueco D, Hümmer T, Solano E, Marx A, Gross R: “Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics in the Ultrastrong-Coupling Regime“. Nature Physics. 2010; 6: 772.


Alff L, Welter B, Krockenberger Y, Gross R, Manske D, Naito M: “Hidden pseudogap regime under the dome of superconductivity in electron doped cuprate high temperature superconductors”. Nature. 2003; 422: 698.