Prof. Dr. Christian Pfleiderer



Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Pfleiderer (b. 1965) carries out research in the field of experimental solid state physics. The primary focus of his research is the systematic search for new material properties with unusual topological characteristics and strong electronic correlations in the areas of magnetism and superconductivity. His portfolio of experimental methods encompasses the single crystal growth of intermetallic compounds, the measurement of transport and volume properties under extreme conditions and a wide range of scattering methods.
Professor Pfleiderer studied physics in Tübingen and Denver. He acquired his doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge which he attended between 1990 and 1994. Subsequently he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) in Grenoble (1994-1996) and headed a Helmholtz junior university research group in Karlsruhe. In 2004 he was appointed associate professor of magnetic materials and in 2014 full professor of topology of correlated systems at TUM. Prof. Pfleiderer is an active member of the steering committee of the DFG CRC Transregio 80 and its Integrated Graduate School, as well as Spokesperson of the DFG Priority Program SPP2137 (Skyrmionics). He is Deputy Coordinator of the Quantum Matter Division of the Cluster of Excellence Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) and designated Founding Director of the TUM Center for Quantum Engineering (ZQE).


  • Max Born Prize of the Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft and the Institute of Physics (UK) (2016)
  • European Physical Society’s prestigious Europhysics Prize (2016)
  • Advanced grant of the European Research Council (2012, 2018)
  • Academy Prize of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2004)

M. A. Wilde, M. Dodenhöft, A. Niedermayr, A. Bauer, M. M. Hirschmann, K. Alpin, A.P. Schnyder, C. Pfleiderer. "Symmetry-enforced topological nodal planes in a chiral magnet." Nature, 594, 374 (2021).


Chacon A, Heinen L, Halder M, Bauer A, Simeth W, Mühlbauer S, Berger H, Garst M, Rosch A, Pfleiderer C: "Observation of two independent skyrmion phases in a chiral magnetic material". Nature Physics. 2018; 14: 936-941.


Ritz R, Halder M, Wagner M, Franz C, Bauer A, Pfleiderer C: “Formation of a Topological Non-Fermi Liquid in MnSi”. Nature. 2013; 497:231-234. 


Jonietz F, Mühlbauer S, Pfleiderer C, Neubauer A, Münzer W, Bauer A, Georgii R, Böni P, Duine RA, Everschor K, Garst M,  Rosch A: "Spin Transfer Torques in MnSi at Ultra-low Current Densities". Science. 2010; 330: 1648.


Pfleiderer C: “Superconducting phases of f-electron compounds”. Reviews of Modern Physics. 2009; 81: 1015.