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Prof. Dr. Burkard Hillebrands

Department:Executive Board
Position:Scientific Director
Address:IFW Dresden
Helmholtzstraße 20
01069 Dresden
Telephone number:+49-351-4659-100

Curriculum vitae

Burkard Hillebrands was born in 1957. He studied physics at the University of Cologne (1977–1982) and was awarded his PhD in 1986 at the University of Cologne working with Prof. Gernot Güntherodt. After a postdoctoral stay at the Optical Sciences Center in Tucson, Arizona he received his habilitation from the RWTH Aachen in 1993. He was employed as an associate professor at the University of Karlsruhe in 1994. In 1995 he accepted a full professor position at the University of Kaiserslautern. Between 2006 and 2014, he served as the Vice President for Research, Technology and Innovation of the University of Kaiserslautern. Since 2016 he is also Scientific Director and Executive Board of the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden.

Burkard Hillebrands serves as chairperson or vice-chairperson in various coordinated initiatives of the German Science Foundation and the European Community, such as the German priority programme “Ultrafast Magnetization Processes” (2002–2008, coordinator), the EU research training networks "Ultrafast Magnetization Processes in Advanced Devices (ULTRASWITCH)” (2002–2006), „Spin Current Induced Ultrafast Switching (SPINSWITCH)” (2004–2010, coordinator)“, the Japanese-German research unit “ASPIMATT: Advanced Spintronic Materials and Transport Phenomena” (2010-2015, vice-coordinator), and the transregional collaborative research center “Condensed Matters Systems with Variable Many-Body Interactions (SFB/TRR 49)” (since 2007, vice-coordinator). He is a member of the State Research Center for Optics and Material Sciences (OPTIMAS) and fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP).

From 2016, he also serves as vice-coordinator of the transregional collaborative research center SFB/TRR 173 named “Spin in its collective environment (Spin+X) of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). In 2016 Hillebrands was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. He is a member of the State Research Center for Optics and Material Sciences (OPTIMAS) and fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP). Since 2015 he is secretary of the C9 Commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and chair of the working group on magnetism of the Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (DPG), the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM), the Energietechnische Gesellschaft of VDE (ETG) and the Steel Institute (Stahlinstitut VDEh). Since 2016 he is a member of the General Council of the European Magnetism Association and their vice president. He is also member of the permanent commission for European research politics of the German Association of University Chancellors.

Awards and Honours

2004: Fellow of Institute of Physics (Great Britain)
2005: IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award
2010: Fellow of the American Physical Society
2010: Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2010: Member of Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz
2016: ERC Advanced Grant


Burkard Hillebrands' research field is mostly in spintronics. His reseach group at the TU Kaiserslautern studies spin dynamics and magnonics, material properties of thin magnetic films, heterostructures and multilayers/nanostructures. In the field of spin dynamics and magnonics he is particularly interested in the properties of spin waves and their quanta, magnons, and their application to future information technologies. He is also interested in research on dynamic magnetic excitations in confined magnetic structures, linear and nonlinear spin wave propagation phenomena, magnon gases and,condensates, magnonic crystals and magnetic switching. A further focus of interest lies on spin transport phenomena, in particular on conversion processes between magnon, spin and charge currents (spin Hall effects, spin Seebeck effects). His particular technical interest is in the development of space-, time- and phase resolved Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy and time resolved Kerr Effect techniques.