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CV Holger Kreckel


since Dec 2017Max Planck Research Group Leader, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg
Sept 2012 - Nov 2017Group Leader (ERC Starting Grant), MPI for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg
Winter term 2017Guest Professor, University of Innsbruck
2012 Jan-AugVisiting Scientist MPI for Astronomy and MPI for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg
2009-2011Research Scientist, Chemistry Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
2007-2009Postdoctoral Researcher, Astrophysics Laboratory, Columbia University, New York City, NY, USA
2004-2007Postdoctoral Researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, Germany


2021 HabiltationHabilitation (Venia Legendi) in Physics, University of Heidelberg
2003 DoctorateDr. rer. nat (doctorate in nat. sciences) in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Advisor: Professor Andreas Wolf
2000 DiplomaDiploma in Physics, University of Heidelberg. Advisors: Profs. Dirk Schwalm and Andreas Wolf. Thesis: Coulomb Explosion Imaging of H3+
1996 VordiplomVordiplom in Physics, University of Siegen, Germany


WS2023/2024Lecture Molecular Astrophysics (with D. Semenov & G. Perotti, MPIA)
SS2023Tutor Experimental Physics II (Electrodynamics)
WS2022/2023Lecture course on Molecular Astrophysics (with D. Semenov, MPIA)
SS2022Tutor Experimental Physics II (Electrodynamics)
SS 2021Tutor Experimental Physics II (Electrodynamics)
SS2020Seminar "Key Experiments of Atomic and Molecular Physics", (with A. Wolf, MPIK)
WS 2019/2020Lecture course on Molecular Astrophysics (with D. Semenov, MPIA)
SS 2019Tutor Experimental Physics IV (Nuclear and Particle Physics)
SS 2018Tutor Experimental Physics IV (Nuclear and Particle Physics)
WS 2017/2018Lecture: Molecular Astrophysics (Innsbruck University)
SS 2017Tutor Experimental Physics IV (Nuclear and Particle physics)
WS 2016/2017Lecture: Molecular Astrophysics
SS 2015Tutor Experimental Physics IV (Atomic and Mol. Physics)
SS 2014Tutor Experimental Physics IV (Atomic and Mol. Physics)
WS 2013/2014Lecture course on Molecular Astrophysics (with D. Semenov, MPIA)
SS 2013Seminar on Advanced Topics in Quantum Mechanics (with A. Kellerbauer, M. Lange)
WS 2012/2013Tutor Experimental Physics III (Optics and Quantum Mechanics)
SS 2012Lecture: Molecular Astrophysics (with D. Semenov, MPIA), Heidelberg University
2004-2006Tutor, Seminar on At. and Mol. Physics, Heidelberg University
2001-2002Instructor Advanced Laboratory class, Heidelberg University


December 2007Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
July-Sept. 2006Columbia University, New York City, USA
May-June 2004Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel


RefereePhysical Review Letters, Journal of Chemical Physics, Nature Communications, The Astrophysical Journal, Physical Review A, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, Phil. Transactions of the Royal Society
MemberSwedish Research Council / 2020 to 2021
ReviewerExternal reviewer: National Science Foundation (NSF), USA,
external reviewer: French National Research Agency (ANR), France


Ion Deflector for two-dimensional control of ion beam cross sectional spread, H. Kreckel, H. Bruhns, D.W. Savin, Columbia Technology Ventures, US utility patent application, serial number 12/708,886 (2009)


  • P.I. DFG Priority Program 1573, "Spectroscopy of C60+ and Complex Organic Molecular Ions: from Mid-IR Emission to the Diffuse Interstellar Bands", starting date Nov. 2014
  • P.I. ERC Starting Grant: ASTROLAB, "Cold Collisions and the Pathways toward Life in Interstellar Space", Sept. 2012 - Nov. 2017
  • Co-P.I., D.W. Savin, H. Kreckel, Improved Understanding of Molecular Clouds and Emission Line Objects with Laboratory Astrophysics Studies at the Heidelberg Ion Storage Ring, NSF program: Galactic Astronomy, July 2008 - 2011