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Dr. Christian David

Head of the X-ray Optics and Applications Group

Paul Scherrer Institut
Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology
ODRA / 120 A
5232 Villigen PSI

Telephone: +41 56 310 3753


  • Research on X-ray optics and X-ray imaging techniques
  • Nanolithography with X-rays and electron beams
  • Nanofabrication technologies
  • Interferometry and phase contrast imaging with X-rays and neutrons
  • Novel instrumentation for synchrotrons and X-ray free-electron lasers


Personal information:
  • Born 7. January 1965 in The Hague, Netherlands
  • German Nationality

Education and professional career:
  • 1983 - 1989 Study of Physics at the University of, Göttingen, Germany
  • 1989 Diploma in Physics
  • 1993 PhD in Physics at the Institute for X-Ray Physics, University of Göttingen, Germany
  • 1994 - 1996 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Applied Physical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • since 1996 Researcher at the Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology of the Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
  • since 2002 Group head of the "X-ray Optics and Applications Group"

Committees, Boards and Services:
  • Chairman of the DESY Photon Science Committee (PSC)
  • Member of International Advisory Committee of the X-Ray Microscopy Conference Series
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Conference Series on High-Resolution X-Ray Diffraction and Imaging XTOP
  • Member of the International Program Committee of the SPIE Conference Series on X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Instrumentation

Awards & Prizes:
  • Röntgenpreis der Universität Giessen 2010
  • Innovationspreis für Synchrotronstrahlung 2018


  • Author or coauthor of more than 350 peer reviewed scientific publications
  • More than 1200 citations per year, H-index: 59 (January 2019)


  • Author or coauthor of 15 patents