Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hartmut Zabel

Experimentalphysik, insbesondere Festkörperphysik



Tel. +49 (234) 32 - 23648


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
44780 Bochum
NB 4/130


The main research interests of Hartmut Zabel are in thin film physics, including hydrogen in metals, exchange coupling, spin density wave magnetism, proximity-effects between superconducting and ferromagnetic layers, oxides and oxidation of metals. The main methods employed are various forms of the magneto-optical Kerr Effect (MOKE), polarized neutron reflectivity (PNR), and x-ray resonant magnetic scattering (XRMS). He has published more than 500 refereed research papers in the above mentioned fields and has provided overviews on special topics in more than 35 review articles. Furthermore he published 8 books as editor and author, three of them are textbooks for undergraduate and graduate students.

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1969 Vordiplom, Universität Bonn
1973 Diplom Physik, TU München
1978 Dissertation, LMU München

Beruflicher Werdegang

1978 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Houston
1979 Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1983 Associate Professor of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1986 Full Professor of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1989 Professor für Experimentalphysik und Lehrstuhlinhaber für Festkörperphysik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
seit 1989 Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Mitgliedschaften und Engagement (Auswahl)

  • Fellow American Physical Society
  • Member European Physical Society
  • Member Materials Research Society
  • Mitglied der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Program Director in the Materials Research Laboratory for the Condensed Matter Science Program (1986-1989)
  • Member of the US Department of Energy review panel "High Flux Beam Reactor Neutron Beam Lines and Facility Upgrade and Applications" (1988)
  • Member, Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee of the US Department of Energy on "Neutron Sources and Applications" (1992)
  • Chair, German – Russian Collaboration "Advanced Materials with Collective Electronic Properties", funded through the DFG the Russian Academy of Science (1992-2002)
  • Vice-Chair, SFB 166 “Struktur „Strukturelle und magnetische Phasenübergänge in Übergangsmetall-Legierungen und Verbindungen “ (1991-1998)
  • Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (1993-1995)
  • Member and Chair, Subcommittee: Materials Science, Surfaces & Spectroscopy committee at the Institute Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France (1997-1999)
  • Scientific Advisor for the German-Israeli Foundation (GIF)  for Sc. R and D (1997-2013)
  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2012 – present)
  • Member, Arbeitskreis “Magnetism” of the German Physical Society (1999-2012)
  • Chair, SFB491 “Magnetic Heterostructures: Spin Structures and Spin Transport” (2000-2011)
  • Chair, Scientific Council of the Swiss Intense Neutron Source (SINQ) (2003-2005)
  • Editor, Journal: Superlattices and Microstructures, Elsevier (2003-2013)
  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2012-present)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee of the Hahn-Meitner Institut, Berlin (2004-2008)
  • Chair, Committee “Exploration of Condensed Matter with Large Scale Facilities“(2005-2008)
  • Member and Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee of the Insitut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble (2006-2010)
  • Member and Co-Chair of BMBF Advisory Committee “Verbundforschung” (2007-2012)
  • Member, Advisory Committee of the State NRW (2009 – present)
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee, Rubion, Ruhr-University Bochum (2007-2014)
  • Division Associate Editor of the journal “Physical Review Letters (2012-2017)
  • Visiting Guest Research Professor, Mainz Graduate School of Excellence, Univ. Mainz (2013-2017)
  • Visiting Research Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden (2012-2016)

Ehrungen und Preise

  • Fellow of the Cusanus Studienstiftung (1971-1973)
  • Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1982)
  • Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences (1989)
  • Fellow of the Volkswagenstiftung (1993 und 1997)
  • Election to Fellow of the American Physical Society (seit 1986)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Kings Technical University (KTH) Stockholm (2001)
  • Elected “Outstanding Referee” of the American Physical Society, 2010
  • Mainz Research Award 2013
  • Elected Member of the European Academy of Science, 2017

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