Clemens Bechinger

Status: Professor

Phone: 07531-88-2955


Room: P1009


  • 1999: Habilitation in Experimental Physics, University of Konstanz
  • 1993: Doctoral degree in Physics, University of Konstanz
  • 1990: Diploma (Master degree in Physics), University of Heidelberg

Current Positions

  • since 2017: Full Professor of the Physics Department of the University of Konstanz
  • since 2018: Center for the Advanced Study of Collective Behavior, University of Konstanz

Previous Positions

  • 2003-2017: Full Professor of the Physics Department of the University of Stuttgart
  • 2000-2003: Lecturer at the University of Konstanz
  • 1998-1999: Habilitation at the University of Konstanz
  • 1995-1997: Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Denver, USA (DFG fellowship)

Research Interests

  • Non-equilibrium baths
  • Active particles 
  • Phase behavior of colloidal suspensions
  • Quasicrystals
  • Critical phenomena
  • Non equilibrium statistical physics
  • Microfluidics
  • Transport through porous media
  • Gel Formation

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2024: ERC Advanced Grant "Brownian Particles in Non-Equilibrium Baths"

  • 2016: ERC Advanced Grant "Active Suspensions with Controlled Interaction Rules"

  • 2012: Second appointment of Max Planck Research Fellow, Stuttgart
  • 2007: Max Planck Research Fellow, Stuttgart
  • 2004: Paul Peter Ewald Lecture, Max-Planck-Institute for Metal Research, Stuttgart
  • 2000: Walter Schottky Award for the investigation on structural and dynamical properties of colloidal suspensions, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • 1997: LBS Environmental Prize (development of electrochromic window)
  • 1995: Dornier Research Award for outstanding PhD thesis
  • 1995: Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 

Organisation of Scientific Meetings

  • 2015: Co-organizer of the DFG Priority Programme Summer School „Microswimmers – From Single Particle Motion to Collective Behavior“, Jülich, Germany
  • 2013: Co-organizer of the MPI Focus Meeting „Active Particles and Microswimmers“, Ringberg, Germany
  • 2012: Director of the Course „Physics of Complex Colloids“ of the International School of Physics „Enrico Fermi“, Varenna, Italy 
  • 2004: Co-organizer of the CECAM Workshop „Friction and Interface Dynamics at Nano- and Mesoscales“, Tel Aviv, Israel

Institutional Responsibilities

  • 2023-2025: Ombudsperson for PhD students, University of Konstanz
  • 2018-2022: Member of the Committee on Research Finances (Ausschuss für Forschungsfragen, AFF) at the University of Konstanz 
  • 2004-2016: Head of the Examination Committee, University of Stuttgart

Reviewing Activities

  • since 2021: Board Member of the Collaborative Research Center 1432  „Fluctuations and Nonlinearities in Classical and Quantum Matter beyond Equilibrium“, Konstanz
  • since 2018: Board Member of the Center of Advanced Study of Collective Behavior, University of Konstanz 
  • 2018-2024: PRX Editorial Board Member
  • 2018-2021: Board Member of the Collaborative Research Center 1214 „Anisotropic Particles as Building Blocks: Tailoring Shape; Interactions and Structures“, Konstanz
  • 2009-2017: Member of the European Physical Society Liquid Matter Board

Memberships of Scientific Societies

  • since 2005: Member of the European Physical Society
  • since 2000: Member of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft 


  • C. Bechinger, B. Gregg:
    Self bleaching photoelectrochemical-electrochromic device
  • D. K. Benson, C. Bechinger, C. E. Tracy: 
    Fiber optic device for sensing the presence of a gas
  • K. Holdik, C. Bechinger, P. Leiderer, E. Wirth: 
    Coating comprising a photochromic material, a method for its production as well as its use