Fabian Menges

Born in: Germany
Primary research category: Experimental Physics and Thermodynamics
Research location / employer: Department of Solid State Chemistry, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany
Fellowship dates: 2017-2022

Academic Career

  • Assistant Research Professor, Department of Physics and JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA, 2017-2020
  • Post-Doc, IBM Research – Zurich, Switzerland, 2015-2017
  • Visiting Researcher, National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan, 12/2013-01/2014 & 11/2015
  • PhD, Nanotechnology Group ETH Zurich and Pre-Doctoral Researcher at IBM Research – Zurich, Switzerland, 2010-2014
  • MSc in Materials Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2009-2010
  • Undergraduate Student Assistent, Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen, Germany, 2007-2008
  • BSc in Materials Sciences, RWTH Aachen, Germany, 2005-2008

Fellowship Research

Addressing these questions, Dr. Fabian Menges seeks to unravel the thermal signatures of energy transfer and conversion down to the elementary steps of thermodynamic processes. In the initial stage of the project, he will develop a novel thermal imaging method, combining techniques of scanning thermal microscopy (SThM) with that of time-resolved optical near-field spectroscopy. By using the apex of a thermo-plasmonic scanning probe tip as ultrafast and nanoconfined thermal sensor, he intends to investigate the emergence of dissipative structures in correlated materials and molecular systems. Besides demonstrating the real-space characterization of turbulence in hydrodynamic electron fluids, another main research goal of him is to decipher the thermalization trajectories of molecular structures. With his work, he envisions to uncover how non-equilibrium physical structures can translate self-organization processes into ‚life-like’ functionalities. He aims to pave the way for the characterization and development of thermal machines based on quantum critical fluids and molecular engines.

Major Awards

  • Advanced Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation, 2017
  • Swiss Physical Society Award (SPS 2016 Prize) related to Metrology, 2016
  • First Plateau Invention Achievement Award, IBM Research – Zurich, 2015
  • NIMS Internship Fellowship Award, National Institute of Materials Science, Japan, 2013
  • Best Interdisciplinary Master Thesis Award, Micro- and Nanoscience Platform, ETH Zurich, 2011
  • Best Poster Award, Seeing at the Nanoscale VIII, Basel, Switzerland, 2010