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Prof. Dr. Felix Höfling

Felix Höfling

Freie Universität Berlin

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Institute of Mathematics


Arnimallee 6
Room 214
14195 Berlin

Office hours

Tue 9-10 a.m. and by arrangement. Please register via e-mail.

since 2015 Professor (W2 non-tenure) for "High-performance computing in molecular dynamics", Freie Universität Berlin
2010–2015 Research associate, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and University of Stuttgart (Prof. S. Dietrich)
2009 Post-doc, Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford, UK (Dr. A. Louis)
2007–2009 Research associate, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Dr. T. Franosch)
2006 Doctoral degree (summa cum laude) in Theoretical Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
2003­–2006 PhD student at Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin (Prof. E. Frey)
2002–2003 Guest scientist at Freie Universität Berlin (Dr. C. Timm, Prof. F. von Oppen)
2002 Diploma (1,0) in Physics, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Prof. Ch. Wetterich)


since 10/2023 Editorial Board Member of “Communication Physics” (Nature Portfolio)
since 2022 Director of the CECAM node “Mathematics and Computation in Molecular Simulation” (DE-MMS) in Berlin–Erlangen–Paderborn
since 2019 Head of the Examination Board of the MSc programme “Computational Sciences”
2013 Distinguished Referee of the European Physical Journal

Five selected publications

  1. F. Höfling and T. Franosch: Anomalous transport in the crowded world of biological cells, Rep. Prog. Phys. 76, 046602 (2013), review article, Highly Cited Paper (> 730 citations in Web of Science).

  2. F. Höfling, T. Franosch, and E. Frey: Localization transition of the three-dimensional Lorentz model and continuum percolation, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 165901 (2006), cover page.

  3. D. S. Banks, C. Tressler, R. D. Peters, F. Höfling, and C. Fradin, Characterizing anomalous diffusion in crowded polymer solutions and gels over five decades in time with variable-lengthscale fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, Soft Matter 12, 4190 (2016).

  4. F. Höfling and S. Dietrich: Enhanced wavelength-dependent surface tension of liquid–vapour interfacesEPL (Europhys. Lett.) 109, 46002 (2015), Editor’s choice.

  5. A. V. Straube, B. G. Kowalik, R. R. Netz, and F. Höfling, Rapid onset of molecular friction in liquids bridging between the atomistic and hydrodynamic pictures, Commun. Phys. 3, 126 (2020), cover story.

Full list of publications

Web of Science: ResearcherID F-3899-2010

A full collection of preprints is available on arXiv.


  • Felix Höfling, Theoretische Physik, theoretical physics