Prof. Dr. Wolfgang M. Heckl

Academic Career and Research Areas

The department of Professor Heckl is concerned with teacher training and continuing teacher education in the subjects of mathematics, informatics, natural sciences and technology. He also runs the Open Research Laboratory for Scientific Communication in the Deutsches Museum. Furthermore, Professor Heckl is a staff member of the Physics Department where he conducts research on molecular self-organisation in the area of nanotechnology.
After studying physics and receiving a doctorate from TUM (1988), Professor Heckl worked at IBM Research as a postdoctoral researcher. He subsequently acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) while working with Professor T. Hänsch (1991 – 93) and was professor of experimental physics at LMU Munich (1993 – 1999). Professor Heckl was appointed general director of the Deutsches Museum in 2004. He has been chairman of the Steering Committee of the European Science Open Forum (ESOF) since 2006 and Oskar von Miller Professor at TUM since 2009.


  • Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (2008)
  • Landkreismedaille des Landkreises Neumarkt (2008)
  • Descartes Prize for Science Communication der Europäischen Union durch die Europ. Kommission (2004)
  • Communicator-Preis des Stifterverbandes für die Wissenschaft (2002)
  • Philip-Morris-Forschungspreis (1993)

Lackinger M, Heckl WM: "Carboxylic Acids: Versatile Building Blocks and Mediators for Two-Dimensional Supramolecular Self-Assembly". (invited feature article) Langmuir. 2009; 25: 11307-11321.


Griessl S, Lackinger M, Edelwirth M, Hietschold M, Heckl WM: "Self-Assembled Two-Dimensional Molecular Host-Guest Architectures From Trimesic Acid." Single Mol. 2002; 3: 25-31.


Sowerby SJ, Heckl WM: "The Role of self assembled purine and pyrimidine bases in the emergence of life." Origin of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere. 1998; 28: 283-310.

Specht M, Pedarnig J, Heckl WM, Hänsch T: "Scanning Plasmon Near-Field Microscopy." Physical Review Letters.1992; 68, 476-479.


Smith DPE, Heckl WM: "Surface phases". Nature. 1990; 346 (6285): 616-617.