Christian Schönenberger is a professor in experimental condensed matter physics at the University of Basel, where he leads the nanoelectronics group. His research interest is in unraveling fundamental aspects of charge transport in nanodevices by conducting novel experiments.H e is advisor for many public organizations and an elected life-time member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences. He is also the acting director of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute.

Curriculum Vitae

Christian Schönenberger (CS) has always been engaged in a wide range of topics. He could enjoy the beauty of natural science the first time at the ETHZ where he was working as an electrical engineer, developing pulsed lasers for molecular spectroscopy. This motivated him to study a second time, after electrical engineering, physics. He did his PhD in experimental physics at the IBM Zurich research lab in the early time of scanning-probe microscopy. He demonstrated the first magnetic force microscope that could image magnetism and topography simultaneously.

He then moved to Philips Research (NL) where he later became a senior staff member. At Philips he developed, among other things, a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope which allowed for the first time to probe electron correlations in devices at the single-electron level. He was then appointed full professor at the Univ. of Basel in 1995 where he established the nanoelectronics group. Low temperature physics and micro- and nanofabrication was all build up by CS at Basel from scratch. This initiative established the grounds for nanoelectronics in Basel and helped nanoscience to become a major focus at the Department of Physics. This led to a series of appointments in nano- and quantum science, experimental and theoretical.

As the most important recognition, the Department of Physics became the Swiss leading house in nanoscience in 2001. CS was a co-founder, later the co-director and since 2006 he is the director of this centre. Under his initative, the scope of the centre was further extended to applied sciences, leading to the foundation of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute in 2006. CS is also a co-founder and an active participant within QC2, which is the Basel Center of Excellence in Quantum Computing and Quantum Coherence. Though having remained a small Department, the visibility could substantially be raised over the last 15 years. Today, the Department of Physics at the University of Basel is a leading institution in the field of solid-state nanoscience.


Nano electronics, charge- and spin-transport in low-dimensional systems, quantum phenomena, spintronics, nanowire and quantum-dot physics, carbon nanotubes and graphene, shot-noise and charge-fluctuation phenomena, quantum correlations and many-body physics in low-dimensional tunable model systems


Nanoelectronics group at the Department of Physics of the University of Basel
Swiss Nanoscience Institute, University of Basel
University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 82, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland ,


1976-1979 Electrical Engineer of Applied Sciences
1982-1986 Physics at the ETH-Zürich
1986-1990 Ph.D. thesis at the IBM Research Laboratory at Rüschlikon, Switzerland on Magnetic Force Microscopy


1979-1980 Molecular Spectroscopy Group of Prof. K. Dressler at Physical Chemistry at ETH-Zürich
1986-1990 IBM Research Rüschlikon
1990-1992 Postdoctoral Fellow at Philips Research in Eindhoven
1993-1995 Permanent Research Staff Member at Philips Research
1995- Full Chair in Experimental Physics at the Univ. of Basel
2006- Director of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at Basel




1990 PhD medal ETHZ
1991 Swiss Physical Society Price
1994 Profil-II award of the Swiss National Science Foundation
2010 Life-time member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences
2012 Fellow of the American Physical Society
2012 ERC advanced researcher grant


>190 publications, H-index = 51 (Aug. 2014) with 49 citations per publication on average. > 130 invited lectures at international. Supervisor of > 20 PhD theses, (co) organizer of 11 schools, 6 international and 7 national conferences.

List of Selected Publications

  1. Henny, S. Oberholzer, C. Strunk, T. Heinzel, K. Ensslin, M. Holland, and C. Schönenberger, The Fermionic Hanbury-Brown and Twiss Experiment, Science 284 (1999) 296.
  2. R. Buitelaar, T. Nussbaumer and C. Schönenberger, Quantum Dot in the Kondo Regime coupled to Superconductors, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 (2002) 256801.
  3. Beenakker and C. Schönenberger, Quantum Shot Noise, Physics Today, 56-5 (2003) 37-42.
  4. Sahoo, T. Kontos, J. Furer, C. Hoffmann, M. Gräber, A. Cottet, and C. Schönenberger, Electric field control of spin transport, Nature Physics 1, 99-102 (2005).
  5. Hofstetter, S. Csonka, J. Nygard, and C. Schönenberger, Cooper pair splitter realized in a two-quantum-dot Y-junction, Nature 461 (2009) 960.
  6. de Franceschi, L. Kouwenhoven, C. Schönenberger, and W. Wernsdorfer, Hybrid superconductor-quantum dot devices, Nature Nano 5 (2010) 703.
  7. Freitag, J. Trbovic, M. Weiss, and C. Schönenberger, Spontaneously Gapped Ground State in Suspended Bilayer Graphene, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012) 108:076602.
  8. Schindele, A. Baumgartner, and C. Schönenberger, Near-Unity Cooper Pair Splitting Efficiency, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012) 109:157002.
  9. Rickhaus, R. Maurand, Ming-Hao Liu, M. Weiss, K. Richter, and C. Schönenberger, Ballistic interferences in suspended graphene, Nature Communications (2013) 4, 2342.
  10. Rickhaus, P. Makk, Ming-Hao Liu, E. Tóvári, M. Weiss, R. Maurand, K. Richter, and C. Schönenberger, Snake trajectories in ultraclean graphene p–n junctions, Nature Communications (2015) 6, 6470.
  11. Ranjan, G. Puebla-Hellmann, M. Jung, T. Hasler, A. Nunnenkamp, M. Muoth, C. Hierold, A. Wallraff, and C. Schönenberger, Clean carbon nanotubes coupled to superconducting impedance-matching circuits, Nature Communications (2015) 6, 7165.