Prof. Dr. Matthias Fuchs

Areas of research

  • Statistical Mechanics, Theory of Soft Condensed Matter
  • Statistical Mechanics of classical condensed matter systems far from equilibrium; nonlinear response, correlation functions, and density functional theory
  • Theory of structural, viscoelastic and rheological phenomena of complex fluids especially of colloidal dispersions
  • Theory of liquids, glasses, and disordered solids

Curriculum Vitae

General information

born 20.08.1964
Professor (C4) for Theoretical Physics
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ResearcherID: D-8667-2013

University training and degree

1983 – 1990 Physics, Technische Universität München, Diploma, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Götze
1988 – 1989 Physics, University of Illinois, USA, Master of Science, Prof. Gordon Baym

Advanced academic qualifications

Habilitation Theoretical Physics, TU München, 1999
Doctorate Physics, TU München, 1993, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Götze

Postgraduate professional career

since 2004 Professor for Theoretical Physics, Universität Konstanz
2001 - 2002 Invited professor and visiting scientist, Institute Charles Sadron, Strasbourg
2000 - 2001 Visiting scientist with Prof. Dr. Mike E. Cates, University of Edinburgh, UK
1999 - 2003 Heisenberg fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
1994 - 1996 Postdoc with Prof. Dr. Kenneth Schweizer, University of Illinois, US


2021 Award as outstanding referee by the American Physical Society
2014 - 2017 Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Universität Konstanz
2012 - 2017 Dean of Studies at the Department of Physics, Universität Konstanz
since 2011  Member Editorial Board Liquids of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
2010 - 2017     Coordinator of DFG research unit FOR 1394 'Nonlinear response to probe vitrification'
2010 The Society of Rheology 2010 Journal of Rheology Publication Award
2009 Award for excellence in teaching from the Physics students of Universität Konstanz
2008 Sabbatical with Prof. Dr. John F. Brady, California Institute of Technology, US
1993 Doctoral thesis award from the 'Freunde der TU München'
1985 - 1990 Scholarship by the State of Bavaria for highly gifted students (BayBFG)

Selected publications

  •  V. Vogel and M. Fuchs, Vibrational Phenomena in Glasses at Low Temperatures Captured by Field Theory of Disordered Harmonic Oscillators, Phys. Rev. Lett. 130, 236101 (2023).
  • J. Caspers, N. Ditz, K.K. Kumar, F. Ginot, C. Bechinger, M. Fuchs, and M. Krüger, How are mobility and friction related in viscoelastic fluids?, J. Chem. Phys., 158, 024901 (2023).
  • J. Roller, A. Laganapan, J.-M. Meijer, M. Fuchs, and A. Zumbusch, Observation of liquid glass in suspensions of ellipsoidal colloids, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 118, e2018072118 (2021).
  • S. C. Lin, M. Oettel, J.M. Häring, R. Haussmann, M. Fuchs, and G. Kahl, The direct correlation function of a crystalline solid, Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 085501 (2021).
  • N. Senbil, M. Gruber, C. Zhang, M. Fuchs and F. Scheffold, Observation of strongly heterogeneous dynamics at the depinning transition in a colloidal glass, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 108002 (2019).
  • F. Vogel, A. Zippelius, and M. Fuchs, Emergence of Goldstone excitations in stress correlations of glass-forming colloidal dispersions, Europhys. Lett. 125, 68003 (2018).
  • M. Maier, A. Zippelius, and M. Fuchs, Emergence of long-ranged stress correlations at the liquid to glass transition, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 265701 (2017).
  • B. Illing, S. Fritschi, D. Hajnal, C. Klix, P. Keim, and M. Fuchs, Strain pattern in supercooled liquids, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 208002 (2016).
  • M. Gruber, G. C. Abade, A. M. Puertas and M. Fuchs, Active microrheology in a colloidal glass, Phys. Rev. E 94, 042602 (2016).
  • C. P. Amann, D. Denisov, M. T. Dang, B. Struth, P. Schall, and M. Fuchs, Shear-induced breaking of cages in colloidal glasses: Scattering experiments and mode coupling theory, J. Chem. Phys. 143, 034505 (2015).
  • M. Ballauff, J. M. Brader, S. U. Egelhaaf, M. Fuchs, J. Horbach, N. Koumakis, M. Krüger, M. Laurati, K. J. Mutch, G. Petekidis, M. Siebenbürger, Th. Voigtmann, and J. Zausch, Residual stresses in glasses, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 215701 (2013).
  •  Brader, J.M., T. Voigtmann, M. Fuchs, R.G. Larson and M.E. Cates, Glass Rheology: From mode-coupling theory to a dynamical yield criterion, Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.U.S.A., 106(36), 15186 (2009).