Prof. Dr. Stefan Goedecker
Stefan Goedecker
Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Departement Physik
FG Goedecker


Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 37 43

Administrative Assistant

Prof. Dr. Stefan Goedecker

Short Biography

Stefan Goedecker studied physics at the Technical University Munich and the College of William and Marry. Afterwards he obtained his Ph.D. from EPFL Lausanne. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell university and the Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart. He then worked in the fundamental condensed matter research department of the CEA Grenoble before being appointed in 2003  professor of Computational Physics at the University of Basel.

Research Summary

Due to the availability of high speed computers, simulation methods are nowadays a powerful tool to determine the structure and electronic properties of condensed matter systems. We develop new algorithms for electronic structure calculations and atomistic simulations and apply them to problems in physics, nanosciences and biology. The research has interdisciplinary character, involving physics, mathematics, material sciences, chemistry and computer science.

Puglisi, R. A., Caccamo, S., Bongiorno, C., Fisicaro, G., Genovese, L., Goedecker, S., Mannino, G. and La Magna, A. (2019) ‘Direct observation of single organic molecules grafted on the surface of a silicon nanowire’, Scientific reports. Nature Publishing Group, 9(1), p. 5647. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-42073-5.   edoc
Fessler, G., Sadeghi, A., Glatzel, T., Goedecker, S. and Meyer, E. (2019) ‘Atomic Friction: Anisotropy and Asymmetry Effects’, Tribology Letters, 67(2), p. 59. doi: 10.1007/s11249-019-1172-9.   edoc
Fremy-Koch, S., Sadeghi, A., Pawlak, R., Kawai, S., Baratoff, A., Goedecker, S., Meyer, E. and Glatzel, T. (2019) ‘Controlled switching of a single CuPc molecule on Cu(111) at low temperature’, Physical Review B. American Physical Society, 100(15), p. 155427. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.100.155427.   edoc | Open Access
Title Status
Development of a Neural Network Potential with Accurate Electrostatic Interactions Ongoing
NCCR MARVEL - Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials Complete
Structure and dynamics of materials based on advanced electronic structure calculations Complete