Prof. Dr. Johannes Knolle

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Knolle’s area of expertise is in condensed matter systems in regimes in which the laws of quantum mechanics are important. In condensed matter physics, complex behaviour arises from the interaction of a large number of basic degrees of freedom. The objective of his research is to uncover the richness of this fascinating behaviour, and to understand the universal principles that organize the physical world. Knolle’s research is focused on the search for unconventional quantum phases in correlated materials, which does not only lead to a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles driving these phases but has also practical relevance for future quantum technology.

Professor Knolle studied Physics at the Technical University Dresden and Boston University. He completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in 2014. After a postdoctoral position at the University of Cambridge he joined Imperial College London as a Lecturer in 2017. In 2019, he was appointed to an Associate Professorship at TUM.


    • Charles & Katherine Darwin Research Fellow 2015-18, Darwin College Cambridge
    • Dissertation Prize 2015 SKM of the German Physical Society (DPG)
    • International Springer Theses Prize 2015
    • PhD Fellowship Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
    • Fulbright Scholarship 2007

    Hermanns M, Kimchi I, Knolle J: “Physics of the Kitaev model: fractionalization, dynamical correlations, and material connections”. Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics. 2018; 9: 17-33.


    Banerjee A, Yan J, Knolle J, Bridges CA, Stone MB, Lumsden MD, Mandrus DG, Tennant DA, Moessner R, Nagler SE: “Neutron scattering in the proximate quantum spin liquid α-RuCl3”. Science. 2017; 356 (6342): 1055-1059.


    Knolle J, Cooper NR: “Quantum oscillations without a Fermi surface and the anomalous de Haas-van Alphen effect”.

 Physical Review Letters. 2017; 118: 176801.


    Knolle J, Kovrizhin DL, Chalker JT, Moessner R: “Dynamics of a two-dimensional Quantum Spin Liquid: Signatures of emergent Majorana fermions and fluxes”. Physical Review Letters. 2014; 112: 207203.


    Knolle J, Eremin I, Chubukov AV, Moessner R: “Theory of itinerant magnetic excitations in the spin-density-wave phase of iron-based superconductors”. Physical Review B. 2010; 81: 140506(R).