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Curriculum Vitae
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David Tománek
Professor of Physics Telephone: +1-517-355-9702
Physics and Astronomy Department   +1-517-884-5637
4231 Biomedical & Physical Sci. Bldg. FAX: +1-517-353-4500
Michigan State University E-mail: tomanek [at]
East Lansing, MI 48824, USA URL:

Personal Data

Date of Birth: July 10, 1954
Birth Place: Prague (Czech Republic)
Gender: male
Citizenship: Switzerland, USA
Languages: Mundart (Swiss German), German, English, French, Latin, Czech, Russian


1983 Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) Theoretical Physics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
1979 M.S. (Diploma) Theoretical Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland

Employment and Professional Experience

1987–present Professor of Physics, Departments of Physics and Astronomy,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
1985-1987 Assistant Professor of Physics on leave, Freie Universität Berlin, and
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1985 Post-Doctoral Fellow, AT&T Bell Labs.
1979–1985 Research Assistant at the Freie Universität Berlin

Research Interests

Development and application of numerical techniques for structural, electronic, transport and optical properties of surfaces, low-dimensional systems and nanostructures. Computer simulations of self-assembly processes and physical properties of fullerenes, nanotubes, nanowires, polymers, layered systems, ferrofluids, metallic and magnetic clusters.


2005 Fellow of the American Physical Society
2005 Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation Distinguished Senior Scientist Award (Germany)
2008 American Physical Society Outstanding Referee Award
2008 Japan Carbon Award for Life-Time Achievement
2014 Lee Hsun Research Award for Materials Science (China)
2016 Natural Science Outstanding Faculty Award
2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award  [Video]

Visiting Positions

1983 Solid State Theory Group at the Centro Atomico Bariloche, Argentina
1985 AT&T Bell Labs, Murray Hill, New Jersey
1994 Laboratoire Aime Cotton of the CNRS, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France
1994 Department of Physics, National University of Singapore
1994 Rice Quantum Institute, Rice University, Houston, USA
1995 Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
1995 Fritz–Haber Institut der Max–Planck Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany
1995 Physics Institute of Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden
1999 Physics Institute of the University of Coimbra, Portugal
2000 Department of Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan (Invited Interdisciplinary Foreign Professor)
2001-2002 School of Physics, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
(Distinguished Visiting Professor of Physics)
2002 Visiting Professor, NEC Tsukuba Fundamental Research Labs.
2005 Vielberth Visiting Professor, University of Regensburg, Germany
2005 VTT Professor of Physics, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
2006-2007 Humboldt Professor of Physics, University of Regensburg, Germany
2009 International Scholar, Kyung Hee University, Korea
2010 Senior research fellow, CECAM, EPFL, Switzerland
2015 Lee Hsun Research Fellow, Institute of Metal Research (IMR) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shenyang, P. R. China
2015 Visiting Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China
2017 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Shinshu University, Nagano, Japan
2018 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Shinshu University, Nagano, Japan

Professional Activities

Author or co-author Over 270 scholarly publications in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, with over 30,000 citations. h-index 74.
Editor European Physical Journal B
Editor 2D Materials: Focus on Phosphorene and related 2D Materials for Electronics and Optics
Member Editorial Advisory Board of the Materials Science forum
Member Editorial Advisory Board of Materials Express
Executive Committee
Fullerenes Group of the Electrochemical Society
Member American Physical Society.
Organizer and
International Cluster Workshops (ICW'91, ICW'92, ICW'93), International Conferences on the Science and Application of Nanotubes (NT'99, NT'01, NT'02, NT'04, NT'05, NT'06, NT'07, NT'08, NT'09, NT'13, NT'14, NT'15), Quantum Transport conferences (QTSM'02/QFS'02), 2016 Gordon Research Conference on "Two Dimensional Electronics Beyond Graphene".
Coordinator The Nanotube Site at
Inventor Holds four patents related to nanotechnology.

List of Publications (over 270 publications; h-index 74)

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List of Invited and Contributed Presentations

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Patents and Patent Applications

  • "Procedure and Container for a Planned Delivery of an Active Substance". German Patent Application of Peter Borrmann, David Tománek, Philippe Jund, and Seong Gon Kim.

  • "Micro-Fastening System and Method of Manufacture". U.S. Patent 7,181,811 of David Tománek, Richard J. Enbody, and Young-Kyun Kwon, issued February 27, 2007.

  • "Nanocapsules containing charged particles, their uses and methods of forming the same". U.S. Patent 6,473,351 of D. Tománek, Richard J. Enbody, Young-Kyun Kwon, Mark Brehob, issued October 29, 2002.

  • "Assembly of Vertically Aligned Nanotube Arrays Containing Particles and Application Thereof". U.S. Patent 20160126482 of David Tomanek and Wei Han, processed by Huawei Company, issued May 5, 2016.

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