Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Patrick Huber


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Principal Investigator

Hamburg University of Technology
Institute of Materials Physics and Technology(M-22)
Building M, RNr. 1506
Eißendorfer Straße 42
Hamburg (Germany) 21073 Germany

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Curriculum Vitae

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born in Neunkirchen (Saarland, Germany)


Educational and Professional Career

2012- Associate Professor at Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Materials Physics and Technology, D-21073 Hamburg-Harburg, Germany
2011-2012 Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago de Chile
2010/2011 Guest Scientist in the Department of Biomaterials (Prof. Peter Fratzl), Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam (Germany)

Privatdozent in Experimental Physics at Saarland University


Habilitation Thesis, Saarland University, Mentor: Klaus Knorr

2006/2007 Interim Professorship in Experimental Physics at Saarland University
2002 Appointment to Academic Counselor (”Akademischen Rat”) of the Department of Physics and Mechatronics Engineering, Saarland University
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Physics and School of Applied Sciences and Engineering , Harvard University, Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Post-Doc in Peter Pershan's X-ray group, Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA), within a scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG), "Synchrotron X-ray Scattering Studies at the Free Surface of Liquid Metals"
1999 Ph. D. in Physics with honors (”summa cum laude”), Thesis title ”Structure and Thermodynamics of Condensates in Porous Glasses ”, Department of Physics, Saarland University, Advisor: Klaus Knorr
1995 Diploma in Physics, Saarland University, Thesis title: ”Design and setup of a low temperature x-ray diffractometer”, Advisor: Klaus Knorr
1989-1995 Studies in Physics at Saarland University
1988 Abitur, Gymnasium Ottweiler (Saarland, Germany)
1975-1979 Primary School in Urexweiler (Saarland, Germany)



Dr.-Eduard-Martin Award of the Friends of Saarland University for outstanding dissertation thesis

1988 Award for outstanding performance in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Gymnasium Ottweiler (Saarland, Germany)


For my full publication record (along with citation metrics) see my Google Scholar or ResearcherID entries.

10 Representative Publications:

  1. Soft matter in hard confinement: phase transition thermodynamics, structure, texture, diffusion and flow in nanoporous media
    Patrick Huber
    Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 27, 103102 (2015) [online, preprint-pdf]
  2. Switchable Imbibition in Nanoporous Gold
    Yahui Xue, Jürgen Markmann, Huiling Duan, Jörg Weissmüller, and Patrick Huber
    Nature Communications 5, 4237 (2014)
  3. Thermotropic orientational order of discotic liquid crystals in nanochannels: an optical polarimetry study and a Landau-de Gennes analysis
    Andriy V. Kityk, Mark Busch, Daniel Rau, Sylvia Calus, Caroline V. Cerclier, Ronan Lefort, Denis Morineau, Eric Grelet, Christina Krause, Andreas, Schönhals, Bernhard Frick, and Patrick Huber
    Soft Matter 10, 4522 (2014)
  4. Anomalous front broadening during spontaneous imbibition in a matrix with elongated pores
    Simon Gruener, Zeinab Sadjadi, Helen E. Hermes, Andriy V. Kityk, Klaus Knorr, Stefan U. Egelhaaf, Heiko Rieger, and Patrick Huber
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 26, 10245 (2012) [pdf]
  5. Imbibition in mesoporous silica: Rheological concepts and experiments on water and a liquid crystal
    Simon Gruener and Patrick Huber 
    Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 23, 184109 (2011)
  6. Spontaneous Imbibition Dynamics of an n-Alkane in Nanopores: Evidence of Meniscus Freezing and Monolayer Sticking
    Simon Gruener and Patrick Huber 
    Physical Review Letters 103, 174501 (2009) [pdf
  7. Preferred orientation of n-hexane crystallized in silicon nanochannels: A combined x-ray diffraction and sorption isotherm study
    Anke Henschel, Pushpendra Kumar, Tommy Hofmann, Klaus Knorr and Patrick Huber 
    Physical Review E79, 032601 (2009) [pdf]
  8. Continuous Paranematic-To-Nematic Ordering Transitions in Tubular Silica Nanochannels
    Andriy V. Kityk, Matthias Wolff, Klaus Knorr, Denis Morineau, Ronan Lefort, and Patrick Huber
    Physical Review Letters 101, 187801 (2008) [pdf]
  9. Melting and Freezing of Argon in a Granular Packing of Linear Mesopore Arrays
    Christof Schaefer, Tommy Hofmann, Dirk Wallacher, Patrick Huber and Klaus Knorr 
    Physical Review Letters 100, 175701 (2008) [pdf]
  10. Knudsen Diffusion in Silicon Nanochannels 
    Simon Grüner and Patrick Huber
    Physical Review Letters100, 064502 (2008) [pdf]