Professor Dr. Karin Jacobs

Vice President of the DFG since 2021

Professor Dr. Karin Jacobs

Professor Dr. Karin Jacobs

Saarland University
Experimental Physics and Center for Biophysics

University Education

Year Description
1987 - 1992 Physics, Dipl.-Phys., Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

Scientific Degrees

Year Description
1996 Dissertation, Universität Konstanz University, Konstanz, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Experience

Since 2009Professor (W3) for Experimental Physics, Center for Biophysics, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
2003 - 2008Professor (C3) for Experimental Physics, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
2001 - 2002Project Leader at Central Research Department, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany
1999 - 2000Ass. Professor (Hochschulassistentin C1), Dpt. of Applied Physics, Ulm University, Ulm; Germany
1997 - 1998Postdoc at MPI for Colloids and Interfaces, Berlin-Adlershof (now in Potsdam/Golm), Germany, Prof. Dr. H. Möhwald / Prof. Dr. S. Herminghaus
1992 - 1997Scientific Employee (PhD), Experimental Physics, Konstanz University and Guest Scientist at The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, Prof. Dr. J. Klein

Other activities

Since 2018Fellow of the Max-Planck-School Matter of Life (Heidelberg, Göttingen, München)
Since 2017Member of the Expert Commission of the Excellence Strategy
Since 2016Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities of the Federal Republic of Germany (Wissenschaftsrat), within there, Chairwoman of the Evaluation Commission
Since 2015Member of Expert Commissions of the Ministeries of Science of Northrhine-Westphalia and Hesse
Since 2015Member of the Scientific Committee of the Excellence Programm LOEWE of Hesse
Since 01/2013Scientific Member and Member of the Board of the Collaborative Research Center CRC 1027 „Physical modelling of non-equilibrium processes in biological systems”, Saarland University, Saarbrücken
2010 - 2013Member of the Panel of the “PhysikJournal”
2010 - 2012Chairwoman of the Women's Council of Saarland University
2009 - 2013Member of the Scientific Committees Excellence Programms of Hamburg and Rhineland-Palatinate
Since 2008Member of the boards of trustees of some smaller and medium-sized companies
2006 - 2014Member of the Graduate College GRK 1276 “Pattern formation and transport in complex systems”, Saarland University
2006 - 2012Member of the DFG-Committee for Collaborative Research Centers
since 2006Initiator and Coordinator of the „UniCamp for Girls” and the hands-on project for pupils “Lab-in-a-Box” (
2005 - 2006Dean of Studies, Faculty of Physics & Mechatronics, Saarland University
2004 - 2010Coordinator and member of the DFG Priority Programm SPP 1164 “Nano- and Microfluidics”
2002 - 2009Member of the German-French Graduate College GRK 532 “Physical methods for the structural investigation of new materials“
1999 - 2005Project leader within the DFG-Priority Program SPP 1052 “Wetting and Structure Formation”

Key publications (peer-reviewed)

  • S. Kumari, G. Lang, E. DeSimone, C. Spengler, V. Trossmann, S. Lücker, M. Hudel, K. Jacobs, N. Krämer, T. Scheibel: Engineered spider silk-based 2D and 3D materials prevent microbial infestation, Materials Today 41 (2020) 21
  • C. Spengler, F. Nolle, J. Mischo, T. Faidt, S. Grandthyll, N. Thewes, M. Koch, F. Müller, M. Bischoff, M. A. Klatt, K. Jacobs: Strength of bacterial adhesion on nano-structured surfaces quantified by substrate morphometry, Nanoscale 11 (2019) 19713
  • D. Peschka, S. Haefner, L. Marquant, K. Jacobs, A. Münch, and B. Wagner, Signatures of slip in dewetting polymer films, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 116 (2019) 9275
  • H. Hähl, J.N. Vargas, A. Griffo, P. Laaksonen, G. Szilvay, M. Lienemann, K. Jacobs, R. Seemann, J.-B. Fleury. Pure Protein Bilayers and Vesicles from Native Fungal Hydrophobins. Adv. Mat. 29:1602888 (2017)
  • C. Spengler, N. Thewes, Ph. Jung, M. Bischoff, K. Jacobs. Determination of the nano-scaled contact area of Staphylococcal cells. Nanoscale 9: 10084 (2017)
  • J.D. McGraw, T. S. Chan, S. Maurer, T. Salez, M. Benzaquen, E. Raphaël, M. Brinkmann, K. Jacobs. Slip-mediated dewetting of polymer microdroplets. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 113: 1168 (2016).
  • N. Thewes, A. Thewes, P. Loskill, H. Peisker, M. Bischoff, M. Herrmann, L. Santen, K. Jacobs. Stochastic binding of Staphylococcus aureus to hydrophobic surfaces. Soft Matter 11: 8913 (2015).
  • S. Haefner, M. Benzaquen, O. Bäumchen, T. Salez, R. Peters, J.D. McGraw, K. Jacobs, E. Raphaël, K. Dalnoki-Veress: Influence of Slip on the Plateau-Rayleigh Instability on a Fibre, Nature Comm. 6 (2015) 7409
  • G. Huber, H. Mantz, R. Spolenak, K. Mecke, K. Jacobs, S. N. Gorb, E. Arzt. Gecko adhesion from single spatula nanomechanical measurements. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 102: 16293 (2005).
  • J. Becker, G. Grün, R. Seemann, H. Mantz, K. Jacobs, K.R. Mecke and R. Blossey: Complex dewetting scenarios captured by thin film models, Nature Materials 2 (2003) 59.