Basel Universität
Departement für Physik
Departement für Physik

Prof. Dr. Christoph Gerber

Director of Scientific Communication, NCCR Nanoscale Science
Department of Physics
University of Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel

office 3.19
tel.: +41 (0)61 207 3737 (office)
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administrative assistant
Germaine Weaver
tel.: +41 (0)61 207 3767
fax: +41 (0)61 207 3795

Short Biography

Christoph Gerber is the Director for Scientific Communication of the NCCR Nanoscale Science (National Center of Competence in Research) at the Institute of Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland, and was formerly a Research Staff Member in Nanoscale Science at the IBM Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon, Switzerland.  He has served as a project leader in various programs of the Swiss National Science Foundation and is currently also a project leader in the European Framework 6.

previous appointments

- Group leader R & D Dept. Contraves Stockholm, Sweden, 1964-1966

- Research assistant and Research Staff Member IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Rüschlikon, Switzerland, 1966-2004

- IBM Research Center, Almaden, CA, USA, 1985-1986

- Assignment IBM Physics Group, University of Munich, Germany, 1987-1989



- visiting scientist University of Madrid, Spain, April 1983

- visiting scientist University of Santa Barbara, CA, USA, October 1985

- visiting scientist California Institute of Technology, CA, USA, November 1985

- visiting scientist Stanford University, CA, USA, 1985-1986

- visiting Professor Tohoku University, IMR, Sendai, Japan, 1997-1998 and 2001-2002


Research Summary

For the past 25 years, Christoph Gerber's research has been focused on Nanoscale Science. He is a pioneer in Scanning Probe Microscopy, and he made major contributions to the invention of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) and the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), he is also a co-inventor of Biochemical sensors based on AFM Technology.

Dr. Gerber's current interests and activities of research include

- Biochemical sensors based on AFM Technology

- Chemical surface identification on the nanometer scale with AFM

- Nanomechanics, nanorobotics, and molecular devices at the ultimate limits of measurement and fabrication

- Atomic Force microscopy research on insulators

- Single Spin Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy (MRFM) 

- Self-organization and self-assembly at the nanometer scale

Selected Publications

C. Gerber is the author and co-author of more than one hundred scientific papers that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and has been cited more than 14'500 times in cross-disciplinary fields. He is on of the one hundred most cited researchers in the Physical Sciences. He has given numerous plenary and invited talks at international conferences. His work has been recognized with multiple honorary degrees and various awards. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a fellow of the IOP Institute of physics, UK. His IP portfolio contains 37 patents and patent publications.

list of publications