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CV of Dr. rer. nat. Franz- Josef Schmitt, Corinthstr. 61, 10245 Berlin


March – Sep. 1998   Nov.1998 – Sep.2001
Correspondence course of economics, AKAD    
Studying of physics, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Oct. 2001 – July 2005
Studying of physics, TU Berlin
Oct. 2001 – Sep. 2004
Studies in philosophy, chemistry, astronomy and informatics, general relativity, laser & quantum optics, quantum information theory and atomic physics & elementary particles
March 2002-July 2005
 Student coworker for the laboratory internship in physics, coworker in the DFG project “Molecular Physiology, Energetics, and Regulation of Primary Metabolism in Plants” with Prof. Hans Joachim Eichler, TU Berlin
Juli 2005
 Diploma in physics, mark: “very good” “Erhard Höpfner Studienpreis”, award for an excellent diploma thesis




Since Sep. 2005                          
August 2011    
Employment in the DFG project “Molecular Physiology, Energetics, and Regulation of Primary Metabolism in Plants” Main research: time- and space correlated single photon counting for fluorescence-spectroscopy in photosynthesis research, nanobiophotonics and environmental spectroscopy. Further research fields: energy transfer and conversion in organic systems, pigment-pigment and pigment-protein interaction, information processing in complex networks, molecular dynamics and diffusion of proteins or protein cofactors in vivo. 2006: Third place in the poster award of the VEECO conference “Seeing on the Nanoscale V”, Santa Barbara, CA, USA 2009: Chorafas award for extraordinary scientific results during the PhD 2013: Young talents award in Baku, Azerbaijan and 2014: best poster award in Moscow, Russia for outstanding research in photosynthesis, photosynthesis research for sustainability.   PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) with the topic „picobiophotonics for the investigation of pigment-pigment and pigment-protein interactions in photosynthetic complexes“  (Summa cum laude)    
Postdoc position in the group Bioenergetics of Prof. Thomas Friedrich:  Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM), cell dynamics, regulation and signaling in complex networks, protein dynamics and protein-protein interaction, light induced reactions in biological systems and applications in sensing, biology and molecular medicine
Since Oct. 2005 
More than 60 reviewed publications in scientific journals (and additional 10 online publications)
Since Dec. 2005
More than 200 contributions on international congresses (talks and posters)    

Teaching at  TU Berlin



Since Jan. 2006
Oct. 2006 – 2010
Supervision of 14 diploma and Bachelor students during their diploma thesis (8 of them finished with “very good”, 2 of them won awards)
Lectures of thermodynamics and path integrals and supervision of the advanced student lab internship in physics
Since Apr. 2011
Student lab internship in chemistry: Physical chemistry I and Physical chemistry II, Topic: Thermodynamics
Since Apr. 2013
Project leader of the student reform project “educationZEN”,
Interactive exercises for mathematics in nature sciences and engineering.
Since Apr. 2014
Establishment of the student Online practical course “Chemie im Alltag” as a project internship and lab leader
Dez. 2016
e-learning project IGT-educationTUB for the development of blended learning technologies in practical courses of physical chemistry, physics, microeconomics and synthetic biology in partial cooperation with faculty VII (awarded by the Stifterverband of German science foundation with Junior-fellowship for excellence in teaching)
July 2015 -
March 2017
Project leader of the student reform project “educationZEN in Practical courses” developing teaching videos and peer assessment in practical courses of physical chemistry, organic chemistry and classical and modern physics in engineering 
Since Jan 2017
Project leader of "Synthesis of Teaching of a Universal Bioscientists Perspective"


Next to science


Apr. 2000 – Feb. 2002
Foundation and operation of the internet startup asiainternet.de
Jan. 2001 – Feb. 2002
Cooperation between asiainternet.de and Axel Springer via finance-online.de

Since Oct. 2015
Assessor in the directorate of the Pirate Party Germany Berlin and candidate on the list for the Berlin and the European Parliament.




Academic Policy


  1. Chairman of the education council (2004 – 2006), since 2006 member of the education council
  2. Member in the council of physics (2006 – 2008)
  3. Member of the council of the institute of optics and atomic physics (2007 – 2010)
  4. Member of the faculty council (2007-20015)
  5. Member of the Academic Senate (since 2010)
  6. Member in the board of examiners in physics (2007-2011)
  7. Member in different boards of examiners of different study courses in chemistry (since 2011)
  8. Member in 8 appointment committees since 2005
  9. Chairman of the extended Academic Senate (since 2011)
  10. Member in the commission of the Academic Senate “Strategie TU 2020” (2012 - 2013)




Franz-Josef Schmitt               

Corinthstr. 61

10245 Berlin

Tel. +49 163 7202757

mail: schmitt@physik.tu-berlin.de
Institut für Chemie

FG Bioenergetik

Sekretariat PC 14

Straße des 17. Juni 135

Tel.:     030/314 23511 



Reviewer for Langmuir, Modern Physics Letters, Planta, Chemical Physics Letters, Acta Biomaterialia, Frontiers in Plant Sciences, Journal of Plant physiology, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology



Coordinating editor for Optofluidics and Biological Materials, topical issue of Optofluidics, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, de Gruyter Open




DE 10 2011 016 852.4

Priorität: 06. 04.2011

Offenlegungstag: 11.10.2012

Seitlich gerichtet abstrahlende sowie konfokal detektierende Faseroptiken

H. Südmeyer, F.-J. Schmitt, H.-J. Cappius, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Joachim Eichler, N. Zielinski



DE 10 2010 056 408.7

Priorität: 2712. 2010 

Radial fokussiert emittierende und detektierende Mikrolichtwellenleiteroptiken

H. Südmeyer, H.-J. Cappius, F.-J. Schmitt, N. Zielinski



More than 200, partially invited contributions on international congresses (talks and posters) since 2005


Invited keynote lectures:


International meeting Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability-2013

June 5-10, 2013 Baku, Azerbaijan

Multiparameter Imaging of specially designed fluorescence proteins for the montoring of the chemical Environment in living Cells.


International meeting Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability-2014

June 2-7, 2014 Pushchino, Russia

Fluorescence imaging of light induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) in plant cell tissue


7th International Conference Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability – 2016

June 19-26, 2016 Pushchino, Russia

Fluorescent proteins as biosensors for studying the activity of hydrogenases and

intracellular pH


Conference organization:

Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2017, October 30 – November 4, 2017. Hyderabad, India  (https://icprs.ru/#speakers)


Wie frei soll und kann die Lehre sein – 2018, October 31,

7. Lehr-/Lernkonferenz des Stifterverbands für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Berlin, Germany (https://www.stifterverband.org/veranstaltungen/2018_10_31_lehr-lernkonferenz)




  1. Funding and Project Management as PI
  • BMBF, „Optische Methoden zur Reinigungs-und Kontaminationskontrolle“, FKZ 01 RI 0645 B
    (337.632 €) (2007 – 2010) (role as leader of project part)
  • BMBF / DLR, Förderung der internationalen Zusammenarbeit mit Russland, RUS 10/026 (18.280 €) (2010-2013) (PI)
  • BMBF / DLR, Förderung der internationalen Zusammenarbeit mit Russland, RUS 11/014 (31.884 €) (2011-2013) (PI)
  • EducationZEN, Studienreformprojekt der TU Berlin (173.287 €) (6/2012-03/2015) (PI, project leader)
  • EU, COST Programm “Advances in Optofluidics: Integration of Optical Control and Photonics with Microfluidics”, MP1205 (2012 – 2015), Subsidiary in the Management Committee
  • Online-Projectlaboratory Chemistry. Excellence in Teaching, Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft (50.000 €) (04/2014-04/2016) (head of laboratory, project leader, PI)
  • EducationZEN in Praktika, Studienreformprojekt der TU Berlin (04/2015-03/2017) (156.000 €) (project leader, PI)
  • IGT-educationTUB, Exzellenz in der Lehre, Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft,
  • Juniorfellowship for excellence in teaching (01/2015 – 03/2017) (15.000 €) (awardee, project leader, PI)
  • BMBF, Qualitätspakt Lehre, WIMIplus, SynTUBio (01/2017 – 12/2020) (256.440 €) (project leader, PI)



1)      Travel stipendia of the Haereus foundation to the spring meeting of DPG in 2007, 2008, 2009

2)      Travel stipendium of “friends of the TU Berlin e.V.: 1) Santa Barbara (2007), “seeing on the nanoscale V” and 2) Las Vegas (2008), ITSL (conference on information technology and statistical learning)

3)      Feb 2006: Honour for the diploma thesis of the Erhard Höpfner Foundation

4)      June 2007: poster award on „Seeing at the Nanoscale V“ in Santa Barbara, CA, USA

5)      Oct 2009: Chorafas award (4.000 US-$) of the Chorafas foundation for outstanding research in the framework of the PhD thesis

6)      June 2013: “Young talents award”, international conference on photsynthesis 2013, Baku, Azerbaijan

7)      June 2014: poster award, international conference on photsynthesis, Puchshino, Moscow region, Russia

8)      October 2014: Junior Fellowship (excellence in teaching) of the Stifterverband / Joachim Herz Stiftung for the project suggestion “IGT-educationTUB” (15.000 €)

9)     October 2018: Preis für Vorbildliche Lehre (Freunde der TU Berlin) (1.500 €)

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