Curriculum vitae - Prof. Dr. Winfried Petry


  • 1970 – 1976  Study of Physics at Technische Universität München (TUM)
  • 1975 – 1976  Degree in Physics “Diplom-Physiker”; supervisors: Profes. W. Gläser, G. Vogl)                      
  • 1976 – 1982  Hahn-Meitner Institute and Free University of Berlin
  • 1981 PhD-thesis: “Localised Diffusion of Fe in interstitial cages” (Prof. Dr. G. Vogl)
  • 1992 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Habilitation:  „Martensitic Transitions in bcc Metals, Diffusion and Phonons“(Prof. J. Peisl)


  • 07/1976 – 07/1977  Technische Universität München, Physics Department  E21
  • 1977 – 1980  Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Solid State Physics, Guest Scientist at the laboratory of Prof. W. Schilling
  • 1976 – 1982  Hahn-Meitner Institute and Free University of Berlin; Prof. G. Vogl’s group
  • 01/1983 – 09/1992 Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France. Staff member, responsible for the thermal backscattering spectrometer, group leader of high temperature group.

10/92 to date Technische Universität München 

  • since 10/1992 Full professor, Chair for Experimental Physics (Functional Materials E13), Physics Department
  • 11/1996 – 11/1998 Dean of the Faculty of Physics
  • 11/1996 – 11/1998  Member of the Academic Senate of the University
  • 07/1995 – 08/1999  Co-chairman of the Directorate of the Munich Research Reactor FRM II and
  • 09/1999 – 12/2001  Chairman of the Directorate of FRM II
  • 09/2001 Chairman of the International Conference on Neutron Scattering (ICNS2001)
  • 01/2002  until 31 March 2018: Scientific Director of “Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz” (FRM II)
  • 2003  Post of Scientific Director of the Research Centre of Rossendorf together with a full professorship offered by the University of Dresden; this offer was not accepted.
  • 01/2011 to 03/2018 Director - in a two years' rotation spokesman -  of the Scientific Cooperation for neutron research between the Helmholtz-Centres FZJ, HZG, HZB and Technische Unversität München. Since 01/2013 this Cooperation is officially known as Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ).


  • 2006 Honorary Professor of the Chinese Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE)
  • 2008 Cross of Merit of the German Federal Republic
  • 2018 Honorary Member of the Kerntechnische Gesellschaft (KTG e.V.)
  • since 2018 TUM  Professor Emeritus of Excellence

Service to the community:

  • 10/1997 – 09/2003 Elected Member of „Vorstandsrat der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft“ (DPG e.V.)
  • since 10/1998  until 2017: Elected and coopted member of “Komitee für Forschung mit Neutronen”(Committee for research with neutrons)
  • since 1999 Liaison professor of Bayerische Eliteakademie (Bavarian Elite Academy) and since May 2011 member of the board of trustees
  • since 2000 Co-organizer of the Edgar-Lüscher training course for grammar school teachers,  Gymnasium Zwiesel, Bavaria
  • 03/2003 – 03/2010 Chairman of the working group and later of the section of “Metals and Materialphysics”  within the German Physical Society (DPG e.V.).
  •  2005 - 2019 Board member of the “Deutsches Atomforum e.V” (DAtF); from May 2014 to May 2019 Vice President of DAtF
  • since 2007 Member of the steering committee of the Laue Langevin Institute.
  • 01/10 – 03/12  Member of the proposal evaluation committee „Experimental Physics of Condensed Matter“ of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
  • since 2012 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of NaWi Graz.
  • since 04/2018 Advisor to the FRM II fuel conversion group
  • since 10/2018 TUM Emeritus of Excellence
  • since 08/2019 Member of the Project Advisory Board  (PAC) of the European Spallation Source (ESS)
  • since 04/2020 Member of the  selection committee "TUM Global Visiting Professors"
  • since 2020 Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee Instrumentation PIK

Publications: about 370 publications in reviewed journals.