Dr. Thomas Bruhn

Dr. Thomas Bruhn

Research Group Leader

Dr Thomas Bruhn is a physicist who has been working transdisciplinarily at the IASS since 2012. His research initially focused on climate engineering and CO2 utilisation. In 2016 he began to co-lead the AMA (A Mindset for the Anthropocene) project together with Dr Zoe Lüthi on the question how the cultivation of mental qualities like mindfulness and compassion can contribute to sustainability. He has also been engaged in research on collective learning and co-creation in the context of political decision-making for sustainability since 2017. Thomas' key ambition is to bring together a variety of stakeholders in reflexive processes that allow for the emergence of truly shared perspectives and action pathways for a context-specific implementation of specific sustainability targets.

Before joining the IASS, Thomas did research on semiconductor nanomaterials in Berlin, Rome, and Marseille. Besides his research work, he is also a trained facilitator and regularly conducts group processes in the tradition of Art-of-Hosting and Design Thinking. He is a member of the thinktank30 (tt30) of the Club of Rome, the German Association of Scientists (VDW), and the board of directors of the Global Contract Foundation.

  • Since 2016: Co-Lead of the AMA project, IASS Potsdam *since 2013: Guest lecturer at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences (Hamburg/Berlin) on "Sustainable Marketing and Leadership"
  • 2012-2016: Senior Research Associate and Project Scientist at the IASS Potsdam
  • 2012 Guest Scientist at the "Interdisciplinary Centre of Nanoscience" (CiNaM), Marseille, France
  • 2011-2012: Postdoc, Technical University of Berlin
  • 2011-2012: Guest Scientist at the Universitá Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
  • 2011: PhD in Physics, Technical University of Berlin
  • 2007-2011: Scientific Co-Worker at the Leibniz-Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS), Berlin
  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Mindfulness and sustainability
  • Co-creation
  • Dialogue between spirituality and science
  • Climate engineering
  • CO2 utilisation
  • Human-nature relationship in the Anthropocene
  • Mindsets and sustainable lifestyles
  • Stakeholder engagement

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Bruhn, T., Fimland, B.O., Esser, N., Vogt, P., (2015): Electrophilic surface sites as precondition for the chemisorption of pyrrole on GaAs(001) surfaces Journal of Chemical Physics 142, 101903; DOI: 10.1063/1.4906117
  • Vogt, P., Capoid, P., Berthe, M., Resta, A., De Padova, P., Bruhn, T., Le Lay, G., Grandidier, B. (2014): Synthesis and electrical conductivity of multilayer silicene Applied Physics Letters 104, 021602
  • Bruhn, T., Fimland, B.O., Esser, N., Vogt, P., (2014): STM analysis of defects at the GaAs(001)-c(4x4) surface Surface Science 617, 162
  • De Padova, P., Vogt, P., Avila, J., Resta, A., Rasado-Colambo, I., Ottaviani, C., Olivieri, B., Bruhn, T., Vogt, P., Asensio, M.C., Le Lay, G. (2013): The quasiparticle band dispersion in epitaxial multilayer silicene Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 25, 382202
  • Resta, A., Leoni, T., Barth, C., Ranguis, A., Becker, C., Bruhn, T., Vogt, P., Le Lay, G. (2013): Atomic structures of Silicene Layers on Ag(111): Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy Observations Scientific Reports 3, 2399
  • De Padova, P., Vogt, P., Resta, A., Avila, J., Razado-Colambo, I., Quaresima, C., Ottaviani, C., Olivieri, B., Bruhn, T., Hirahara, T., Shirai, T., Hasegawa, S., Asensio, M. C., Le Lay, G. (2013): Evidence of Dirac fermions in multilayer silicene Applied Physics Letters 102, 163106
  • Bruhn, T., Fimland, B.O., Esser, N., Vogt, P. (2012): Pyrrole adsorption on GaAs(001)-c(4x4): The role of surface defects Physical Review B. 85, 075322
  • Riele, L., Bruhn, T., Rackwitz, V., Passmann, R., Fimland, B.O., Esser, N., Vogt, P. (2011): Reconstruction dependent epitaxial growth of lead-phthalocyanine on GaAs(001) surfaces Physical Review B 84, 205317
  • Bruhn, T., Ewald, M., Fimland, B.O., Kneissl, M., Esser, N., Vogt, P. (2011): In-situ optical spectroscopy and electronic properties of pyrrole submonolayers on Ga-rich GaAs(001) Journal of Nanoparticle Research 13, 5847 (2011)
  • Bruhn, T., Fimland, B.O., Kneissl, M., Esser, N., Vogt, P. (2011): Adsorbate-induced modification of the surface electronic structure at GaAs(001) surfaces Physical Review B 83(8), 045307
  • 2017 Nachhaltigkeit im Anthropozän, Tag der Logistik, Fritz Gruppe, Heilbronn.
  • 2017 A Mindset for the Anthropocene, Salon des Intergralen Forums Europa, Berlin.
  • 2017 A Mindset for the Anthropocene Annual Conference of the ThinkTank30, Höchst.
  • 2017 Beginnt Nachhaltigkeit mit dem Wandel in uns selbst? Wissenschaftsetage Potsdam.
  • 2017 Climate Engineering - Neue Optionen im Kampf gegen den Klimawandel?, Umweltforum Dominikanerkloster Frankfurt/Main.
  • 2017 Klimaretter gesucht - Climate Engineering zwischen Hoffnung und Hybris, CRUX Köln.
  • 2016 Das große Ganze und wir mittendrin, Club of Rome Schulkonferenz, Hamburg.
  • 2016 Globale Herausforderungen gemeinsam bestehen, Internationales Haus Sonnenberg, Sankt Andreasberg.
  • 2016 Mastering global challenges together, Global Youth Summit, Leitershofen.
  • 2016 Co-Evolutionary Perspectives on the Technosphere, Anthropocene Campus, HKW Berlin.
  • 2015 Das Anthropocene and the new relevance of complexity, Guest Lecture, University of Potsdam.
  • 2015 CO2 Abscheidung im größeren Kontext - ein Überblick über die wichtigsten Kontroversen, Econsence Tec-Arena, Berlin. *2015 Climate Engineering - Eine Option im Kampf gegen den Klimawandel, Deutsches Museum München. *2015 Climate Engineering - A blueprint for the relation between humans and nature in the Anthropocene?, University of Kent, UK.
  • 2015 A transdisciplinary approach to Climate Engineering - Experiences from engaging with Christian groups; Center for Process Studies, Claremont, California, USA.
  • 2014 Climate Engineering - Zündende Idee oder Spiel mit dem Feuer?, Workshop Wissenschaftsethik, Siemens Stiftung, Potsdam.
  • 2013 Herausforderungen für die Gestaltung einer Welt in Balance, Jahrestagung der Global Marshall Plan Initiative, Augsburg.
  • 2013 2052 - Eine Zukunftsperspektive des Club of Rome.
  • 2015 Sparda-Bank Hamburg Award
  • 2008 Best Poster Award AOFA 15
  • Association of German Scientists
  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte (GDNÄ)
  • German Association to the Club of Rome
  • ThinkTank30 (tt30)
  • Board of Directors Global Contract Foundation