Jürgen P. Rabe investigates macromolecules and organic-inorganic hybrid systems, focussing on the correlation of molecular structure and dynamics with mechanical, electronic, optical and (bio‑)chemical properties from atomic and molecular to macroscopic length and time scales. A key to his research is the development of a molecular workbench for single macromolecules based on modified graphenes and scanning probes.
Jürgen P. Rabe studied physics and mathematics at the RWTH Aachen, finishing with a diploma thesis on a topic from solid state optics (1981). He obtained his doctorate from the Physics Department of TU München with a doctoral thesis on optical properties of biological model membranes (1984). After two years at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and obtained his Habilitation with a thesis on scanning tunneling microscopy of molecular monolayers (1993). He held a Professorship at the University in Mainz, and since 1994 he is full Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He was Visiting Professor at the Materials Department of ETH Zürich, and he is External Member of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and Founding Chairman of the Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences IRIS Adlershof of Humboldt-Universität. Currently he is member of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centers Multivalency as a Chemical Organization and Action Principle (Sfb 765), and Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics (Sfb 951). Moreover he is member of the Excellence Cluster Image, Knowledge, Gestaltung. An interdisciplinary Laboratory and the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof SALSA, the International Graduate Research Training Group Self-Assembled Soft-Matter Nanostructures at Interfaces, and the International Max Planck Research School on Multiscale Biosystems. He has published more than 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and books, which were cited more than 11.000 times.