Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Christian Holm

Principal Investigator (EXC), Fellow (SC), Coordinator PN 3
Institute for Computational Physics


+49 711 685-63701


Allmandring 3
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 1.046


  • Behavior of flexible and semi-flexible polyelectrolytes
  • Effective pair interactions of charged colloidal particles and their phase behavior
  • Ferrofluids
  • Applicability of mean-field models for the description of models with long range interactions
  • Development of fast methods for the computation of long range interactions

Selected Publications

  1. R. Burt, K. Breitsprecher, B. Daffos, P.-L. Taberna, P. Simon, G. Birkett, X. S. Zhao, C. Holm, and M. Salanne. “Capacitance of nanoporous carbon-based supercapacitors is a trade-off between the concentration and the separability of the ions”. In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 7.19 (2016), pp. 4015–4021.
  2. T. Ertl, M. Krone, S. Kesselheim, K. Scharnowski, G. Reina, and C. Holm. “Visual analysis for space–time aggregation of biomolecular simulations”. In: Faraday Discussions 169 (2014), pp. 167–178.
  3. S. Kesselheim, W. Müller, and C. Holm. “Origin of current blockades in nanopore translocation experiments”. In: Physical Review Letters 112.1 (2014), p. 018101.
  4. S. Raafatnia, O. A. Hickey, and C. Holm. “Mobility reversal of polyelectrolyte-grafted colloids in monovalent salt solutions”. In: Physical Review Letters 113.23 (2014), p. 238301.
  5. A. Arnold, O. Lenz, S. Kesselheim, R. Weeber, F. Fahrenberger, D. Roehm, P. Košovan, and C. Holm. “Espresso 3.1: Molecular dynamics software for coarse-grained models”. In: Meshfree methods for partial differential equations VI. Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering 89. Springer, 2013, pp. 1–23.
  6. J. Schmidt, C. Krekeler, F. Dommert, Y. Zhao, R. Berger, L. D. Site, and C. Holm. “Ionic Charge Reduction and Atomic Partial Charges from First-Principles Calculations of 1,3-Dimethylimidazolium Chloride”. In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 114.18 (2010), pp. 6150–6155.
  7. H. Limbach, A. Arnold, B. Mann, and C. Holm. “ESPResSo - an extensible simulation package for research on soft matter systems”. In: Computer Physics Communications 174.9 (2006), pp. 704–727.
  8. Z. Wang, C. Holm, and H. W. Müller. “Molecular dynamics study on the equilibrium magnetization properties and structure of ferrofluids”. In: Physical Review E 66.2 (2002), p. 021405.
  9. M. Deserno, C. Holm, and S. May. “Fraction of condensed counterions around a charged rod: comparison of Poisson-Boltzmann theory and computer simulations”. In: Macromolecules 33.1 (2000), pp. 199–206.
  10. M. Deserno and C. Holm. “How to mesh up Ewald sums. I. A theoretical and numerical comparison of various particle mesh routines”. In: Journal of Chemical Physics 109 (1998), pp. 7678–7693.

Working Experience

  • since 2009 Professor and Director of the Institute for Computational Physics, University of Stuttgart
  • 2005–2008 Fellow (W3 Equiv), FIAS (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies), Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt
  • 1998–2008 Group leader of the Polyelectrolyte Research Group, MPI for Polymer Research (MPIP),
  • 1996–1998 Researcher, MPIP, Mainz
  • 1991–1996 Researcher with Professor Kleinert, Institute for Theoretical Physics, FU Berlin
  • 1988–1991 Postdoc Fellow with Prof. Doebner, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Clausthal University of Technology
  • 1984–1987 Teaching assistant, GIT, Atlanta, USA

Academic Studies and Degrees

  • 1996 Habilitation in Theoretical Physics, Free University (FU) Berlin
  • 1987 PhD at the Faculty of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), Atlanta, USA
  • 1985 Master of Science in Physics, GIT, Atlanta, USA
  • 1983–1987 Study of Physics, GIT, Atlanta, USA
  • 1979–1983 Study of Physics, Technical University (TU) Berlin
  • 2006 Offer for a Full Professorship in Theoretical Physics, Jacobs University, Bremen (declined)
  • 2003 Third prize of the Heinz Billing Association for the ESPResSo software package
  • 1988–1991 DFG (German Research Foundation) Postdoc Stipend
  • 1983–1984 Fulbright Stipend
  • 1983 World Student Fund Scholar
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of PARTICLES 2017, Hanover
  • 2012–2018: Spokesperson DFG SFB 716 “Dynamic Simulation of Systems with Large Particle Numbers”, University of Stuttgart
  • since 2011: Co-Organizer of the biennial DECHEMA Int’l Workshop on Molecular Modelling
  • since 2010: Co-Initiator of the CECAM-DE-SMSM node on Soft Matter and Statistical Mechanics (Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Mainz)
  • since 2010: PI of the EXC 310, “Simulation Technology”
  • 2010–2016: Organizer of the yearly CECAM Tutorial “Simulating Soft Matter with ESPResSo”
  • since 2008: Editorial board member of “Macromolecular Theory and Simulation”, Wiley-VCH
  • Member Int’l Advisory Committee, ASTATPHYS – MEX – 2003, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Member Int’l Advisory Committee, ASTATPHYS – MEX – 2001, Cancun, Mexico
  • 2000: Director, NATO ASI “Electrostatic Effects in Soft Matter and Biophysics”, Les Houches, France
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