Christian Kuttner studied 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. In 2021, he accepted an editorial position at Springer Nature for Nature Communications, handling manuscripts  in physical chemistry and nanomaterial sciences. 

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Fellowships, Awards, and Distinctions​

  • Organizer of the 3rd L4T-Alumni Community Meeting of the German Physical Society (DPG), Berlin, Germany, 2024.
  • Organizer of the 2nd L4T-Alumni Community Meeting of the German Physical Society (DPG), Berlin, Germany, 2023.
  • Lead of the Global Editorial Chemistry Community, a forum for Nature Portfolio and Springer BMC editors at SpringerNature, 2023.
  • Organizer of the 1st “Leading for Tomorrow” (L4T)-Alumni Community Meeting of the German Physical Society (DPG), Berlin, Germany, 2022.
  • “Leading for Tomorrow” Program Graduate of the German Physical Society (DPG), Bad Honnef and Berlin, Germany, 2021.
  • Best Paper Award of the International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN), Daejeon, Korea, 2019.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship awarded by the European Commission, 2018.
  • 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, Germany, 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.

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, 68 publications, thereof 37 co-authored articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals (10 contributions as corresponding author, 8 as first author, 11 as second author), 1 book, 2 book chapters, and 24 Faraday Discussion minutes. A complete list including conference contributions is available here as PDF file

Selected publications:

  1. 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 201810, 11152–11163. Cited: 151. PDF

  2. 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 20157, 5984–5991. Cited: 186. †Contributed equally. PDF

  3. 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 201610, 5740–5750. Cited: 134. Within the top 20 of most-read articles in the months of April and May 2016. PDF

  4. 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: 66. PDF

  5. 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 20207, 1839-1858. Cited: 30. Selected as Journal Cover of the July Issue. PDF

Peer-Review Activity

More than 270 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 Mater.; 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.; Chem. Engineering; 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; Coatings; Colloids and Interfaces, Crystals; Energies; Fluids; Inventions; J. Func. Biomater.; Materials; Metals; Micromachines; Minerals; Molecules; Photonics; Polymers; Plants; Processes; Sensors). 

Reviewer for project proposals of the Argentine Ministry of Science “Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (MinCyT)” within the Fondo para la Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (FONCyT) program between 2020 and 2022. “ACS Reviewer Lab” graduate of ACS Institute, a workshop on the principles of high quality peer review, including reviewer ethics, instructions for reviewers, and tools and components for writing a constructive review. 

Editor Activity

Senior editor for Nature Communications in the field of Physical Chemistry and Nanomaterials (since 12/2021). More than 1700 editorial decisions as primary handling editor. Focus topics involve optically functional nanomaterials, chiral nano- and meso-structures, on-surface science, characterization of nanostructures, and nanochemistry. 

Member of the editorial board of Nanomaterials as topic editor (8/2021 – 12/2021) for sections Environmental Nanoscience and Nanotechnology , Nanophotonics Materials and Devices, and Theory and Simulations of Nanostructures.


American Chemical Society (ACS), German Chemical Society (GDCh e.V.), German Physical Society (DPG e.V.), German Society for Materials Research (DGM e.V.), 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), Alumni Society of the University of Bayreuth (CSG e.V.), and the Leading-for-Tomorrow Alumni Community (L4T-Alumni).

Language Proficiency

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