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Markus Valtiner is full professor for Applied Interface Physics at the TU Wien since 2017. He finished his PhD in 2008 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH in Germany, where he worked on dissolution mechanism of oxide materials in aqueous environments and the binding mechanism of organic and biomolecules to oxide surfaces using Atomic Force Microscopy, XPS and SIMS. As postdoc he moved to the Department for Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he worked in the group of J. N. Israelachvili as a Marie-Curie-International-Outgoing fellow. There his work focused on hydrophobic and specific binding interactions at biomimetic and electrified interfaces using the surface forces apparatus. In 2012 Prof. Markus Valtiner joined the Department of Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH as a group leader. From there he moved on to take over the Physical Chemistry II at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in 2016, from where he relocated to TU Wien in late 2017.

Research interests:

Thin films, adhesion, friction, wear incl. tribocorrosion, interfacial forces in biomimetic materials and instrumental design

Interests in the biointerface network:

His research interest is now focused on the broad areas of adhesion, tribology, corrosion as well as interfacial forces in biomimetic and inorganic materials systems. In particular, he is interested in interaction forces of single molecules with surfaces, and he uses the Surface Forces Apparatus, AFM force spectroscopy as well as Optical Tweezers to directly probe how various peptide-sequences bind to surfaces and how proteins unfold and refold. Complementary, his group also uses high-resolution AFM imaging with a particular focus on competitive interactions of ion, water and peptide adsorption at interfaces. Currently, Prof. Markus Valtiner serves on the advisory and steering board of the Biointerphases Division of the American Vacuum Society. He published more than 50 peer reviewed papers and received numerous prestigious awards including an ERC Starting Grant, the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max-Planck Society and the Peter Mark Memorial Award of the American Vacuum Society.