Claus Ropers is Professor of Experimental Solid State Physics at the University of Göttingen and Director at the Max Planck Institut for Biophysical Chemistry.
Claus studied physics in Göttingen and Berkeley. Conducting his doctoral studies at the Max Born Institute (Berlin), he received a PhD from the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2007.
At the University of Göttingen, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Courant Research Centre “Nano-Spectroscopy and X-Ray Imaging” (2008), Associate Professor at the Institute of Materials Physics (2011), and Full Professor for Experimental Solid State Physics at the 4th Physical Institute (2013).
His research focuses on the study of ultrafast structural and electronic dynamics in solids, nanostructures and at surfaces. To this end, his group develops and applies ultrafast electron microscopy and diffraction using coherent femtosecond electron pulses.
His recognitions include the Walter-Schottky Prize, an ERC Starting Grant, the Gottfried Wilhelm-Leibniz Award and the Ernst-Ruska Prize.