Director

Prof. Dr. Bert Müller

PhD Physics, University of Hannover

Office 14.04.023
Phone +41 61 207 54 30
Email bert.mueller@unibas.ch
Researcher ID A-6838-2008

Prof. Dr. Bert Müller

Bert Müller has been Associate Professor of the Medical Faculty at the University of Basel since September 2006. He has been elected as Thomas Straumann-Chair of Materials Science in Medicine and heads the recently founded Biomaterials Science Center (BMC), which is part of the research and education focus 'Clinical Morphology and Biomedical Engineering' (CMBE).

Bert Müller was born in Berlin, Germany on December 27th, 1962. After receiving a diploma in mechanical engineering, he worked as electrical fitter building large transformers. From 1984 to 1989 he studied Physics and English at the Dresden University of Technology. He earned the master degree in Physics (Diplom-Physiker) and gained English translator degree in Mathematics and Physics (Staatsexamen). He joined the Academy of Sciences (now Paul Drude-Institute for Solid State Physics) in Berlin, Germany as scientist to build electron guns for diffraction on GaAs thin film structures. In 1990 he was guest scientist in the team of U. Köhler at the Solid State Physics Institute, University of Hannover, Germany to deal with scanning tunneling microscopy on Si/Ge nanostructures and to study the surfactant effect of As. In 1992, he started, as Research Associate at the same institute, the development of high-resolution, energy-filtered high-energy electron diffraction in reflection mode (SPA-RHEED). The related research activities led to the PhD-thesis (Dr. rer. nat.) and were awarded by the Morton Traum Award of the American Vacuum Society in 1994. In the same year, he became the Research Associate at the Physics Department of Paderborn University, Germany to guide research on epitaxial growth of II-VI and organic compounds for optoelectronics.

As Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Humboldt foundation and Research Associate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Institut de Physique Experimentale, K. Kern) he performed studies on the very early stages of metal epitaxy using Cu/Ni and Al/Au in 1995 and 1996. In 1997 he became the leader of the organic thin film team in the non-linear optics lab at the Physics Department of ETH Zürich. Mid 1998 he changed to the Swiss Federal Institute for Materials Testing and Research to investigate chiral molecules on metal surfaces and to visualize biocompatible materials by high-resolution tomography, before he returned to ETH Z├╝rich in 1999. Here, he joined the Chair of Biocompatible Materials Science and Engineering leading modeling and physics-related activities (Leitender Oberassistent). He became a Faculty member of the Physics Department (venia legendi) in April 2001. Three months later he changed to the Department of Electrical Engineering as the General Manager of the Swiss-wide Center of Competence 'Computer-aided and image-guided medical interventions' (NCCR Co-Me). From March 2006 to December 2011 he has taught the Biomaterials Science course for the Master's program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Berne.

Portrait in Book Life Sciences