Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Patrick Huber
Institute Director
Hamburg University of Technology
Institute for Materials and X-Ray Physics (M-2)
Building K, RNr. 2532
Denickestraße 15
21073 Hamburg
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Curriculum Vitae

(Lebenslauf auf deutsch (bei Wikipedia))

born in Neunkirchen (Saarland, Germany)


Educational and Professional Career

since 2022 Spokesperson of the profile "New Materials" in the Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research PIER PLUS - Hamburg
since 2020 Principal investigator in the Cluster of Excellence -
Understanding Written Artefacts: Material, Interaction and Transmission in Manuscript Cultures, University of Hamburg
since 2020  Full professor and Director of the Institute for Materials and X-Ray Physics (M-2) at Technische Universität Hamburg TUHH and of the research group on High-Resolution X-Ray Analytics of Materials in the Photon Science Division at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY 
since 2019 Principal investigator in the Data Science HELMHOLTZ Graduate School Hamburg for the Structure of Matter (DASHH)
since 2018 Speaker of the research field "Advanced Materials" at Hamburg University of Technology
since 2012 Member and project leader within the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 986, "Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems", Hamburg 
2012-2020 Associate Professor at Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Materials Physics
2011-2012 Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago de Chile
2010/2011 Guest Scientist in the Department of Biomaterials (Prof. Peter Fratzl), Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam (Germany)

Lecturer ("Privatdozent") in Experimental Physics at Saarland University


Habilitation Thesis, Saarland University, Mentor: Klaus Knorr

2006/2007 Interim Professorship in Experimental Physics at Saarland University
2002 Appointment to Academic Counselor (”Akademischen Rat”) of the Department of Physics and Mechatronics Engineering, Saarland University
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Physics and School of Applied Sciences and Engineering , Harvard University, Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Post-Doc in Peter Pershan's X-ray group, Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA), within a scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG), "Synchrotron X-ray Scattering Studies at the Free Surface of Liquid Metals"
1999 Ph. D. in Physics with honors (”summa cum laude”), Thesis title ”Structure and Thermodynamics of Condensates in Porous Glasses ”, Department of Physics, Saarland University, Advisor: Klaus Knorr
1995 Diploma in Physics, Saarland University, Thesis title: ”Design and setup of a low temperature x-ray diffractometer”, Advisor: Klaus Knorr
1989-1995 Studies in Physics at Saarland University
1988 Abitur, Gymnasium Ottweiler (Saarland, Germany)
1975-1979 Primary School in Urexweiler (Saarland, Germany)



Top reviewer award, Applied Physics Letters, American Institute of Physics as announced in Applied Physics Letters 114 209801 (2019)


Dr.-Eduard-Martin Award of the Friends of Saarland University for outstanding dissertation thesis

1988 Award for outstanding performance in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Gymnasium Ottweiler (Saarland, Germany)


For my full publication record (along with citation metrics) see my Google Scholar entry.

10 Representative Publications:

  1. Wafer-Scale Electroactive Nanoporous Silicon: Large and Fully Reversible Electrochemo-Mechanical Actuation in Aqueous Electrolytes
    Manuel Brinker and Patrick Huber
  2. Laser-Excited Elastic Guided Waves Reveal the Complex Mechanics of Nanoporous Silicon
    Marc Thelen, Nicolas Bochud, Manuel Brinker, Claire Prada, Patrick Huber
  3. Giant Electrochemical Actuation in a Nanoporous Silicon-Polypyrrole Hybrid Material
    Manuel Brinker, Guido Dittrich, Claudia Richert, Pirmin Lakner, Tobias Krekeler, Thomas F. Keller, Norbert Huber, Patrick Huber
    Science Advances 6 eaba1483 (2020) 
    - open access.
  4. Quantized Self-Assembly of Discotic Rings in a Liquid Crystal Confined in Nanopores
    Kathrin Sentker, Arne W. Zantop, Milena Lippmann, Tommy Hofmann, Oliver H. Seeck, Andriy V. Kityk, Arda Yildirium, Andreas Schönhals, Marco G. Mazza, and Patrick Huber
    Physical Review Letters 120, 067801 (2018) - open access.
  5. Soft Matter in Hard Confinement: Phase Transition Thermodynamics, Structure, Texture, Diffusion and Flow in Nanoporous Media
    Patrick Huber
    Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 27, 103102 (2015).
  6. Elastic Response of Mesoporous Silicon to Capillary Pressures in the Pores
    Gennady Y. Gor, Luca Bertinetti, Noam Bernstein, Tommy Hofmann, Peter Fratzl, and Patrick Huber
  7. Switchable Imbibition in Nanoporous Gold
    Yahui Xue, Jürgen Markmann, Huiling Duan, Jörg Weissmüller, and Patrick Huber
    Nature Communications 5, 4237 (2014) - open access.
  8. Anomalous Front Broadening During Spontaneous Imbibition in a Matrix with Elongated Pores
    Simon Gruener, Zeinab Sadjadi, Helen E. Hermes, Andriy V. Kityk, Klaus Knorr, Stefan U. Egelhaaf, Heiko Rieger, and Patrick Huber
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 26, 10245 (2012) [pdf] - open access.
  9. Capillary Rise of Water in Hydrophilic Nanopores  
    Simon Grüner, Tommy Hofmann, Dirk Wallacher, Andriy Kityk and Patrick Huber
    Physical Review E 79, 067301 (2009) [pdf].
  10. Knudsen Diffusion in Silicon Nanochannels 
    Simon Grüner and Patrick Huber
    Physical Review Letters 100, 064502 (2008) [pdf].