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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.

Design of Multimodal Absorption in the Mid-IR: A Metal Dielectric Metal Approach
Pech-May, NW.; Tobias, L.; Retsch, M.
ACS Appl Mater & Interfaces 2021, 13, 1921-1929

Tunable Thermoelastic Anisotropy in Hybrid Bragg Stacks with Extreme Polymer Confinement
Wang, Z.; Rolle, K.; Schilling, T.; Hummel, P.; Philipp, A.; Kopera, BAF.; Lechner, AM.; Retsch, M.; Breu, J.; Fytas, G.
Angew Chem Int Ed. 59 2020, 1286-1294

Thermal Transport in Ampholytic Polymers: The Role of Hydrogen Bonding and Water Uptake
Hummel, P.; Lechner, AM.; Herrmann, K.; Biehl, P.; Rössel, C.; Wiedenhöft, L.; Schacher, FH.; Retsch; M.
Macromolecules 2020, 53, 5528-5537

Breathable and Flexible Polymer Membranes with Mechanoresponsive Electric Resistance
Gao, Q.; Kopera, BAF.; Zhu, J.; Liao, X.; Gao, C.; Retsch, M.; Agarwal, S.; Greiner, A.
Adv. Funct. Mater. 2020, 10.1002/adfm.201907555

Ordered Particle Arrays via a Langmuir Transfer Process: Access to Any Two-Dimensional Bravais Lattice
Hummel, MEJ.; Stelling, C.; Kopera, BAF.; Nutz, FA.; Karg, M.; Retsch, M.; Forster, S.
Langmuir 2019, 35, 973-979

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

Understanding Thermal Insulation in Porous, Particulate Materials
Ruckdeschel, P.; Philipp, A.; Retsch, M.
Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 27, 1702256

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

Reversible transition between isotropic and anisotropic thermal transport in elastic polyurethane foams
Chau, M.; Kopera, BAF.; Machado, VR.; Tehrani, SM.; Winnik, MA.; Kumacheva, E.; Retsch, M.
Mater. Horiz. 2017, 4, 236-241

Hierarchically Structured, Double-Periodic Inverse Composite Opals
Retsch, M.; Jonas, U.
Adv. Funct. Mater. 2013, 23, 5381-5389

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