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Arbeitsgruppe Grüneis

Research statement

Our research interests relate to the electronic and vibrational structure of matter and to the synthesis, functionalization and spectroscopy of novel materials with tailored properties (e.g. graphene nanoribbons and atomically thin 2D materials). Contemporary spectroscopy offers a powerful collection of experimental methods for probing the physical properties of functional materials. We employ third generation synchrotron radiation sources for angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy, x-ray absorption and inelastic x-ray scattering. In addition, we utilize a laboratory-based system, combining in-situ sample preparation and functionalization with optical spectroscopy. This allows us to engineer and spectroscopically probe both, the ground and excited states of these material. Our research is supported by a collaborative research center (Opens external link in new windowCRC1238), an ERC grant and national projects.

Short CV

2014 -

Univ. of Cologne (DE), Prof. of Physics

2008 - 2014

Univ. of Vienna (AT), Asst. Prof.

2004 - 2008

IFW-Dresden (DE), PostDoc

2001 - 2004

Tohoku University (JP), PhD student

1994 - 2001

Univ. of Vienna (AT), undergraduate studies


  • 2015 ERC Consolidator grant (European Commission)
  • 2014 START prize (FWF Austria)
  • 2009 APART fellowship (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
  • 2008 Marie Curie Reintegration Grant (European Commission)
  • 2006 Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (European Commission)
  • 2005 Schrödinger Fellowship (FWF Austria)
  • 2001 Monbukagakusho Scholarship (Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology)


If you are interested in doing a Bachelor or Masterthesis in our group, please contact Alex Grüneis. We can offer you a paid thesis work in experimental condensed matter physics.

We have an offer for a three-years PhD position on ARPES of 2D materials. More information can be found here.

Prof. Alexander Grüneis