Tobias Hertel is chaired Professor at the Julius-Maximilians University in Wuerzburg, Germany. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry in 1995 from the Free University Berlin for work done in the group of Gerhard Ertl at the Fritz-Haber-Institute. After a two year postdoctoral visit to IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center and the group of Phaedon Avouris, he completed his habilitation in experimental physics at the Free University of Berlin and in 2004 accepted the offer for an Associate Professor position at Vanderbilt University. In 2008 he returned to Germany where he holds the Chair for Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy along with an adjunct Professorship in the Department of Physics at the JMU Wuerzburg.
Over the years, his research has touched a variety of subjects ranging from laser- and ultrafast spectroscopy, the physics and chemistry of metal- and nano-carbon surfaces and interfaces to colloidal chemistry. His current research is focussed on experimental studies of exciton photophysics in intrinsic and doped atomically thin semiconductors, mechanisms underpinning nanoparticle colloidal chemistry, as well as mechanisms and kinetics of covalent chemical functionalization of carbon nanotubes.
Dr. Hertel has published over 100 scientific papers. He is founding organizer, chair, co-chair or advisory committee member of 19 international conferences, workshops and symposia and has served as department chair in Chemistry and Pharmacy at the JMU. He is associate editor of the Royal Society’s Open Science - Chemistry Journal.