Christian Kuttner studied physical chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. After graduating in 2009, he conducted his doctoral studies on macromolecular interfaces of organic/inorganic composites and colloidal materials in the group of Prof. Andreas Fery. As a  postdoctoral researcher, he developed nanostructured materials with optical functionalities at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research (IPF) in Dresden. In 2018, he joined Prof. Luis M. Liz-Marzán’s research group at CIC biomaGUNE, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, where he continued his investigations as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow. His research interests comprise the synthesis of polymeric, noble metal, and hybrid particles and their directed assembly into superstructures as stimuli-responsive optically functional materials for application in sensing.

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Fellowships and Awards

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship awarded by the European Commission, 2018.
  • Best Paper Award of the International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN), Daejeon, Korea, 2019.
  • Certified Business Chemist (Geprüfter Wirtschaftschemiker) awarded by the German Chemical Society (GDCh), Münster, Germany, 2017.
  • ACS Nano Best Poster Prize awarded at the International Conference on Self-Assembly in Confined Spaces (SACS), San Sebastián, Spain, 2016.
  • Best Poster Award at the Lecture Conference on Photochemisty, Jena, 2016.
  • Certified Quality Expert (Geprüfter Qualitätsexperte) awarded by the German Chemical Society (GDCh), Frankfurt, Germany, 2016.
  • Certified Project Manager Business Chemistry (Geprüfter Projektmanager Wirtschaftschemie) awarded by the German Chemical Society (GDCh), Münster, Germany, 2015.
  • Best Poster Award at the Zsigmondy Colloquium of the German Colloid Society (Kolloidgesellschaft e.V), Konstanz, Germany, 2014.
  • “Leading for Tomorrow” Program Member of the German Physical Society (DPG), Bad Honnef, Germany, 2021.

Academic Education

Scientific Career

Scientific Focus

  • Physical chemistry (colloids and interfaces, functionalization, nano-/micromechanics)
  • Light-matter interactions (plasmonics, photonics, diffuse scattering and absorption of light, surface-enhanced Raman scattering, electromagnetic modeling) 
  • Polymer,  noble metal, and hybrid particles (synthesis, functionalization, characterisation) 
  • Self-assembled nanostructures (colloidal superstructures, template-assisted self-assembly) 
  • Stimuli-responsive materials with optical functionality (mechanoplasmonics, SERS sensing, photocatalytic nanochemistry, photothermal heating)

Summary of the Publication History

In summary, 57 publications, thereof 38 co-authored articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals (8 contributions as corresponding author, 6 as first author, 11 as second author), 1 book, 2 book chapters, and 16 Faraday discussion minutes. A complete list including conference contributions is available here as PDF file

Selected publications:

  1. Roland P. M. Höller, Christian Kuttner,* Martin Mayer, Martin Dulle, Rafael Contreras-Cáceres, Andreas Fery, and Luis M. Liz-Marzán
    Colloidal Superstructures with Triangular Cores: SERS Efficiency as a Function of Core Size and Optical Properties
    ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 1839-1858. Cited: 14. Selected as Journal Cover of the July Issue. PDF

  2. Roland P. M. Höller, Martin Dulle, Sabrina Thomä, Martin Mayer, Anja Maria Steiner, Stephan Förster, Andreas Fery, Christian Kuttner,* and Munish Chanana* 
    Protein-Assisted Assembly of Modular 3D Plasmonic Raspberry-like Core/Satellite Nanoclusters: Correlation of Structure and Optical Properties
    ACS Nano 2016, 10, 5740–5750. Cited: 86. Within the top 20 of most-read articles in the months of April and May 2016. PDF

  3. Christian Kuttner,* Roland P. M. Höller, Marta Quintanilla, Max J. Schnepf, Martin Dulle, Andreas Fery, and Luis M. Liz-Marzán
    SERS and Plasmonic Heating Efficiency From Anisotropic Core/Satellite Superstructures
    Nanoscale 2019, 11, 17655–17663. Cited: 30. PDF

  4. Christian Kuttner, Martin Mayer, Martin Dulle, Ana Moscoso, Juan M. López-Romero, Stephan Förster,  Andreas Fery, Jorge Pérez- Juste, and Rafael Contreras-Cáceres
    Seeded Growth Synthesis of Gold Nanotriangles: Size Control, SAXS Analysis, and SERS Performance
    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2018, 10, 11152–11163. Cited: 92. PDF

  5. Moritz Tebbe,† Christian Kuttner,† Max Männel, Andreas Fery, and Munish Chanana*
    Colloidally Stable and Surfactant-Free Protein-Coated Gold Nanorods in Biological Media
    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2015, 7, 5984–5991. Cited: 124. †Contributed equally. PDF

Peer Review Activity

More than 200 reviews for peer-reviewed scientific journals within the last 5 years for various publishers, including
American Chemical Society (ACS Nano; ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces; ACS Appl. Nano Mat.; J. Phys. Chem. C; Langmuir),
Wiley (Adv. Science; Adv. Mater. Interfaces; Adv. Photon Res.; Chem. Open; Small; Small Methods; Small Structures; Macromol. Rapid Comm; Macromol. Biosci.),
Nature Publishing Group (Sci. Rep.),
Royal Society of Chemistry (J. Chem. Mater. C; Nanoscale),
Elsevier (J. Coll. Interface Sci.; Mat. Chem. Phys.; Coll. Surf. B; Methods X; Opt. Laser Technol.; Surf. Coat. Technol.; Karbala Int. J. Mod. Sci.), 
Springer (Appl. Phys. A),
Bentham Science Publishers (Curr. Nutr. Food Sci.), and 
MDPI (Nanomaterials; Appl. Sci.; Biosensors; Biomedicines; Biomimetics; Catalysts; Chemosensors; Chem. Engineering; Coatings; Colloids and Interfaces, Crystals; Energies; Inventions, J. Func. Biomater.; Materials; Metals; Micromachines; Minerals; Molecules; Photonics; Polymers; Plants; Processes; Sensors). 

Reviewer for the Argentine “Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (MinCyT)” within the Fondo para la Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (FONCyT) program.

Editor Activity

Member of the editorial board of Nanomaterials as topic editor for sections 
Environmental Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
(since 2021),
Nanophotonics Materials and Devices
 (since 2021), and
Theory and Simulations of Nanostructures (since 2021).


American Chemical Society (ACS), German Chemical Society (GDCh e.V.), German Physical Society (DPG e.V.), German Society for Materials Research (DGM e.V.), German Colloid Society (Kolloidgesellschaft e.V.), Royal Chemical Society (RSC), Royal Spanish Chemical Society (RSEQ), European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), and the Alumni Society of the University of Bayreuth (CSG e.V.).

Language Proficiency

German (native), English (fluent), Spanish (beginner, B2), French (beginner, B2), Japanese (beginner, JLPT N5).