Prof. Dr. Joachim Pius Spatz

Institute of Physical Chemistry (PCI), Heidelberg University and Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49 6221-54 4942, +49 711-689 3610
Fax:      +49 6221-54 4950, +49711-689 3612


Materials science, physics of soft matter, biophysics, non-conventional nanolithography, biofunctionalization of solid and soft interfaces, cell biology


3 EU 7th Framework, 1 SFB/TRR 79, 2 DFG, 2 BMBF, 1 MWFK BaWü, 1 Landesstiftung BaWü, 1 NIH; Currently supervising 5 master theses, 22 doctoral theses, 8 Post Docs


2012 ERC Advanced Grant
2009 Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2008 Weston Visiting Professorship at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
2003 Otto Klung Award for Physics.
2002 Alfried Krupp Research Award for Young University Faculty Members
2000 Gerhard Hess–Research Award of the German Science Foundation
1999 Reimund Stadler Award – Habilitation Award of the Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker
1998 Young Researcher Award Ulmer Universitätsgesellschaft
1997 Research Stipend German Science Foundation
1997 Scientific PhD Award of Ulm University for outstanding PhD work
1996 Scientific Award of the Association of the Metal Industry Baden-Württemberg
1996 Scientific Schloessmann – Award of the Max Planck Society


2007–2011 Acting Director, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (formerly MPI for Metals Research) Stuttgart
2004–present  Full Professor for Biophysical Chemistry, Heidelberg University &
Director MPI for Metals Research (now Intelligent Systems)
2002–2010 Adjunct Senior Faculty Member, Jackson Laboratory, Maine, USA
2000 Professor for Biophysical Chemistry, Heidelberg University
2000 Habilitation in Physics, University of Ulm
1997–1998 Postdoc, Institut Curie, Paris (Prof. Dr. J. Prost & A. Ott)
1994–1996 Ph.D. of Physics, Department of Organic Chemistry III – Macromolecular Chemistry/Ulm University, (Dr. rer. Nat. summa cum laude; Prof. Dr. M. Möller)
1989–1994 Undergraduate & Masters degree studies in Physics at Ulm University & Colorado State University (Dipl. Phys. with distinction)

2009–present EU Project NanoCARD NMP3-SL-2009-229294
2009–present EU Project NanoII NMP4-LA-2009-229289
2009–present BMBF SysTec MSCMPG / FhG Biomimetic MatricesMPG / FhG Biomimetic Matrice

Perschmann N, Hellmann J, Frischknecht F and Spatz JP, Induction of malaria parasite migration by synthetically tunable microenvironments. Nano Letters 2011; 11, 4468-74

Deeg J, Louban I, Aydin D, Selhuber-Unkel C, Kessler H and Spatz JP, Impact of Local versus Global Ligand Density on Cellular Adhesion. Nano Letters 2011; 11: 1469-76

Rolli C, Seufferlein T, Kemkemer R and Spatz JP, Impact of tumor cell cytoskeleton organization on invasiveness and migration: a microchannel-based approach. PLoS ONE 2010; 5: e8726

Selhuber-Unkel C, Erdmann T, López-García M, Kessler H, Schwarz US and Spatz JP, Cell Adhesion Strength is Controlled by Intermolecular Spacing of Adhesion Receptors. Biophysical Journal 2010; 98: 543-551

Hosseini BH, Louban I, Djandji D, Wabnitz GH, Deeg J, Bulbuc N, Samstag Y, Gunzer M, Spatz JP, Hämmerling GJ, Immune synapse formation determines interaction forces between T cells and antigen presenting cells measured by atomic force microscopy. Proc Natl.Acad.Sci. USA 2009; 106: 17852-17857

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