Personal information

Surname: Poot Address: Technische Universität München
First name: Menno   TUM School of Natural Sciences
Academic title: Prof. dr. ir.   Physik-Department
ORCID: 0000-0002-5047-8497   James-Franck-Str. 1
Scopus: 23036145900   D 85748, Garching
ResearcherID: A-3589-2009   +49 (0)89 289 53555

Research experience


Technical University of Munich – Rudolph Mößbauer professor for Quantum Technologies (W2)

2015-2017 Delft University of Technology – visiting scientist
2010-2015 Yale University – postdoctoral fellow
2009-2010 Delft University of Technology – postdoctoral researcher
2005-2009 Delft University of Technology – Ph.D.
2000-2005 Delft University of Technology – MSc. and BSc.


  • Ph.D. with honors, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology
    Advisor: prof. van der Zant
    Dissertation title: Mechanical systems at the nanoscale
  • Master of Science in Applied Physics at TU Delft
    With honors
    Master’s thesis: Transport through single molecules
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics at TU Delft
    With honors

Academic achievements

  • Core PI and member of the Executive Committee of the MCQST Excellence Cluster
  • Enthousiastic and involved teacher
  • Supervisor of PhD, MSc and BSc students
  • Author of > 50 publications. h-index = 30 (Google scholar) and more than 5000 citations overall
  • Editorial board member for the journal Materials for Quantum Technology (published by IOP)
  • Reviewer of > 50 manuscripts for the following journals: Applied Optics, Applied Physics B, Applied Physics Letters, Europhysics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Microelectronic Engineering, Micromachines, Nano Letters, Nature Communications, Nature Nanotechnology, Optica, Optics Express, Physica E, Physical Review Applied, Physical Review A, Physical Review B, Physical Review E, Physical Review Letters, Phys. Stat. Sol. B, Review of Scientific Instruments, Scientific reports, The Open Magnetic Resonance Journal
  • Invited speaker at many international conferences

Awards, scholarships, and funding

  • 3x MCQST seed funding projects (2019, 2020, 2022, 50 k€ each)
  • First prize Raith Micrograph award (2015)
  • “Rubicon” postdoctoral fellowship awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (2010, 110 k€)
  • Winner of the best poster award at the Heraeus Seminar on "Quantum optics of nano- and micromechanical systems” in Bad Honnef, Germany (2009)
  • “P-in-1” scholarship awarded by the faculty Applied Science (2001)
  • CIVI award for the best first-year student in Applied Physics at TU Delft (2001)
  • “Sterbeurs” scholarship for outstanding students awarded by TU Delft (2000)


  • Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society), member
  • Nederlandse Natuurkundige Vereniging (Netherlands' Physical Society), member
  • Koninklijk Instituut Van Ingenieurs (Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers), member
  • American Physical Society, life member
  • APS Division of Laser Science, member


Dutch: native language
English: fluent
German: good in reading and conversation (level C1)