Porträt Tom Nilges

Tom Nilges

Tom Nilges * 29.03.1971 born in Hachenburg, Germany

Married with Dr. Sara Nilges (Chemist)
Three sons: Justus Maximilian, Linus Valentin, Rasmus Conrad

EDUCATION (school)
05/1990 Abitur, Gymnasium Altenkirchen, Germany

07/1990 – 06/1992 Begleitbatterie 5, Gießen, Germany

walking, music

English, French (basics)


FIELDS OF INTEREST: Inorganic functional materials, Battery Materials, Ion Conductors (Li, Cu, Na, Mg, Ag), Thermoelectric Materials, Chalcogenidehalides, Polyphosphide-Semiconductors, Synthetic Chemistry, Structure-Property Relations

10/1992 – 09/1998 Student of Chemistry, Diploma with Prof. Dr. H.-J. Deiseroth, University of Siegen Präparative, strukturchemische und spektroskopische Untersuchungen an Verbindungen mit einer Kupfer(I)-halogenidmatrix

10/1998 – 02/2001 Dissertation (PhD) with Prof. Dr. A. Pfitzner, Universität Siegen Röntgenographische und spektroskopische Untersuchungen an Silber(I)- halogenid-Thiometallaten und Argyroditen

03/2001 – 09/2004 Postdoc and start of Habilitätion, Prof. Dr. A. Pfitzner, Universität Regensburg, Scient. Assistent (C1) at Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, Analyse und Optimierung dynamischer Prozesse in Chalkogenhalogeniden und Phosphiden

10/2004 – 06/2007 Habilitation Scient. Assistent (C1) at Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University Münster, Germany, Prof. Dr. R. Pöttgen Venia legendi in Inorganic Chemistry and Privatdozent 06.06.07

01/2006 – 12/2009 Group leader SFB 458 „Ionenbewegung in Materialien mit ungeordneten Strukturen“, Projekt A5

04/2007 – 10/2007 temp. Professorship (Prof. Dr. N. Mitzel) at the Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Münster, Germany

08/2009 – 10/2009 Guest professor, University of Bordeaux, France

07/2010 – 06/2013 W2-Professor (Tenure track) at Technische Universität München Synthesis and Characterization of Innovative Materials2

04/2012 Offer Full professorship W3 (m.L.) for Inorganic Chemistry at University of Ulm, Germany (denied)

07/2013 – now tenured Professor for Inorganic Chemistry Technical University Munich


03/1996 – 11/1996 University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Department of Physical Chemistry, Dr. C. Ryder Synthesis and characterisation of pyrrole trimers

08/2009 – 10/2009 Guest professorship University Bordeaux and at Institute de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux (ICMCB)


1998 Diploma “with honors (mit Auszeichnung)”

1999 Study award of University of Siegen; Best Diploma in Chemistry

2001 PhD “with honors (mit Auszeichnung)”

2008 Scientific-Award of the Dr. Otto Röhm Gedächtnis-Stiftung

2009 Award of the International Thermoelectric Society (ITs) Scientific and Applied Award for an outstanding scientific paper

2016 Rudolf-Hoppe Lecture of the GDCh


151 publications in refereed journals (h-index 32, Google Scholar, i10 index 84) 2 scientific reports, 1 book chapter, 1 book, 16 cite-able congress participations CONGRESS Part. Approx. 65 TALKS Approx. 75


Projects DFG Sachbeihilfen, coordinated DFG Projects, State of Bavaria Industry Projects; approx. 5.8 Mio. €


Speaker GDCh Youth Organization 1998-2001


Faculty board (University Siegen), Study board AMS (TUM)

2. Chair Münchener Chemical Society 2010 to 2014

Faculty board Chemistry TUM since 2013 to 2016; since 2019

Study-Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry TUM 2013 to 2016

Committee member foreign students PhD board since 2013

Teaching committee Advanced Materials Science 2010 to 2015 and MS&E since 2017

Coordinator teaching unit inorganic chemistry at the chemistry faculty

Dean of Faculty 2021 to 2022

Department Head Chemistry at School of Natural Sciences since 2022

Member of the GDCh, DGK and Münchener Chemical Socienty