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Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch

Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch
Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch

Chair of Physical Chemistry I
University of Bayreuth | KeyLab coordinator

Job History

Since 06/2018Professor, Chair of Physical Chemistry 1, University of Bayreuth

Since 01/2014

Lichtenberg-Juniorprofessor for Polymer Systems, W1, University of Bayreuth

Since 08/2012

Juniorprofessor for Polymer Systems, University of Bayreuth


01/2012 – 07/2012

Feodor-Lynen return fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, University of Bayreuth

07/2009 – 10/2011

Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

10/2006 – 06/2009

PhD, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz


Diploma in chemistry (thesis with Prof. A.H.E. Müller), University of Bayreuth


Research abroad (6 months) at the Key Center for Polymer Colloids, Sydney, Australia

2001– 2006

Study of Polymer- and Colloid chemistry, University of Bayreuth

Awards and other responsibilities

2016ERC starting grant


Lichtenberg professorship from the Volkswagen foundation (awarded)


Feodor Lynen return fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation

2009 – 2011

Feodor Lynen fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation

2007 – 2009

Kekulé mobility scholarship from the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (VCI)


Otto Warburg-Chemie-Stiftung award for the best chemistry diploma at the University of Bayreuth

2006 – 2008

participant of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)


participant at the 55. noble laureate meeting in Lindau, Deutschland

2001 – 2009

scholar of e-fellows.net

2001 – 2006

scholar of the „Bayrischen Begabtenförderung“

Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch

Chair of Physical Chemistry I
University of Bayreuth | KeyLab coordinator

The properties of structured polymers and colloids constitute the research focus of the group of Prof. Dr. Retsch.

Specifically, we are interested in:

  • Colloidal Self-Assembly:
    Particle synthesis, self-assembly in 2D and 3D, phoXonic crystals
  • Plasmonic nanostructure:
    Nanosphere lithography, hexagonal, periodic arrays, nanomeshes, implementation into photovoltaics, plasmon hybridization
  • Templated structures:
    Inverse opals, porous materials, silica hollow spheres
  • Thermal transport in mesoscopic systems:
    Thermal transport in thin films, hybrid systems, method developement, influence of interfaces and phase transitions, directed and anisotropic thermal transport
  • Nanophotonics
    Nanostructuring of dielectric materials, emission, absorption, and scattering in the mid-IR regime
Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch

Chair of Physical Chemistry I
University of Bayreuth | KeyLab coordinator

10 selected publications

A complete list of publications of Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch is available here.

Low Thermal Conductivity through Dense Particle Packings with Optimum Disorder
Nutz, F. A.; Philipp, A.; Kopera, B. A. F.; Dulle, M.; Retsch, M.
Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, e1704910

Vibrational dynamics of a two-dimensional microgranular crystal
Vega-Flick, A.; Duncan, R. A.; Wallen, S. P.; Boechler, N.; Stelling, C.; Retsch, M.; Alvarado-Gil, J. J.; Nelson, K. A.; Maznev, A. A.
Phys. Rev. B 2017, 96, 024303

Plasmonic nanomeshes: their ambivalent role as transparent electrodes in organic solar cells
Stelling, C.; Singh, C. R.; Karg, M.; Konig, T. A.; Thelakkat, M.; Retsch, M.
Scientific reports 2017, 7, 42530

Interface and Morphology Control of the Thermal Conductivity in Core-Shell Particle Colloidal Crystals
Ruckdeschel, P.; Retsch, M.
Advanced Materials Interfaces 2017, 4, 1700963

Tailor-made temperature-dependent thermal conductivity via interparticle constriction
Nutz, F. A.; Retsch, M.
Science Advances 2017, 3, eaao5238

Interfacial and volumetric sensitivity of the dry sintering process of polymer colloidal crystals: a thermal transport and photonic bandgap study
Nutz, F. A.; Retsch, M.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2017, 19, 16124-16130

Simple and High Yield Synthesis of Metal-Polymer Nanocomposites: The Role of Theta-Centrifugation as an Essential Purification Step
Hummel, P.; Lerch, A.; Goller, S.; Karg, M.; Retsch, M.
Polymers 2017, 9

Reversible transition between isotropic and anisotropic thermal transport in elastic polyurethane foams
Chau, M.; Kopera, B. A. F.; Machado, V. R.; Tehrani, S. M.; Winnik, M. A.; Kumacheva, E.; Retsch, M.
Mater. Horiz. 2017, 4, 236-241

High strain rate deformation of layered nanocomposites
Lee, J.-H.; Veysset, D.; Singer, J. P.; Retsch, M.; Saini, G.; Pezeril, T.; Nelson, K. A.; Thomas, E. L.
Nat. Comm. 2012, 3

Vibrational Eigenfrequencies and Mechanical Properties of Mesoscopic Copolymer Latex Particles
Still, T.; Retsch, M.; Jonas, U.; Sainidou, R.; Rembert, P.; Mpoukouvalas, K.; Fytas, G.
Macromolecules 2010, 43, 3422-3428

Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch

Chair of Physical Chemistry I
University of Bayreuth | KeyLab coordinator

Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch
University of Bayreuth
KeyLab coordinator

Physical Chemistry
University of Bayreuth
95447 Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3920
E-mail: markus.retsch@uni-bayreuth.de
Homepage: Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie I