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Frank Balzer

Faculty of Engineering, Departement of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Bismarckstr. 81, 47057 Duisburg, Germany

Email: frank.balzer at

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01/21/2009 Habilitation in Experimental Physics at Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. Topic: “Organic Nanoaggregates”

01/27/1998 Ph.D. in physics, University of Göttingen, Germany. Topic: “Linear and nonlinear optics at alkali island films”.

02/05/1994 Diploma in physics, University of Göttingen, Germany. Topic: “Time resolved investigations of laser induced processes near surfaces”.


Since 04/2012 Teaching Assignment, Europa-Universität Flensburg

Since 02/2024 Lecturer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

05/2007 – 11/2023  Associate Professor, Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark; Laser Safety Officer since 2010

08/2006 – 04/2007  Fellow of the "Hanse Institute for Advanced Study", Delmenhorst, Germany

08/2001 – 08/2006  Research assistant, Physics Department, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany

06/2000 – 07/2001  Assistant Professor, Physics Department, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

06/1998 – 05/2000  Postdoctoral research associate, Chemistry Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

03/1994 – 05/1998  Research assistant, MPI for Fluid Dynamics, Göttingen, Germany

Research Experience

Since 2007 self-organized growth of nanowires from organic semiconductors, polarized optical properties of organic nanoaggregates; scanning probe microscopy; metallic nanoparticles in food; graphene as electrode material for organic electronics, H- and J-aggregates, Mueller-matrix ellipsometry

2001 – 2006 ion scattering from metallic alloys, AFM and spectroscopy on organic nanowires, research group 463 – “Innovative pharmaceuticals and carrier systems”

2000 – 2001  organic nanowires on dielectric surfaces

1998 – 2000  molecule surface scattering, resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization, catalytic reactions on surfaces

09/1995  Chemistry Department, Yale University, Yale, USA: degenerate four-wave mixing at surfaces

1994 – 1998  linear and nonlinear optics of alkali clusters, laser materials treatment, photodesorption, self-assembled monolayers, heat transfer along surfaces

1988 – 1994  study of physics, University of Göttingen, Germany

Present Scientific Focus Areas

  • structure and epitaxial growth of small-molecule organic thin films, characterization with diffraction and scanning probe microscopy techniques
  • organic nanoaggregates
  • light-soft matter interactions including circular dichroism
  • solid/liquid interfaces: degeneration on the micro- and nanoscopic scale
  • organic bionic photosensors