Thomas Höche


Prof. Dr. Thomas Höche, Head of Business Unit Optical Materials and Technologies

Areas of research


Microstructural diagnostics of optical materials (glass ceramicspigmentsthin and ultra-thin optical coatings)

Microstructure-based development of inorganic and hybrid optical materials based on microstructure-property correlations.

In-house development of glass ceramics with innovative property profiles
Example: LEAZit

Microstructure-based optimization of laser micromachining processes,
Example: 3D-Micromac’s microPREPTM


Academic/professional resume



Head of the business unit “Optical Materials and Technologies”, Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructures of Materials and Systems IMWS, Halle (Saale)


Group Leader for Nanomaterials and Nanoanalytics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, Halle (Saale)


Attract Group Leader (NanoAssess) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, Halle (Saale)


Research associate at the Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification in Leipzig and IP manager/business developer at 3D-Micromac AG, Chemnitz


Appointment as Associate Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Leipzig


Habilitation (Experimental Physics), University of Leipzig


Research associate at the Chair of Crystallography, Institute of Physics, Humboldt-University of Berlin


Post-doc at the Otto Schott Institute for Glass Chemistry of the University of Jena

Attract Group Leader (NanoAssess) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, Halle (Saale)

10/1991 - 12/1994

Doctorate on the topic “High-resolution electron microscopic investigations into the atomistic structure of grain boundaries in a-Al2O3

09/1986 - 06/1991    

Studies in Physics at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg


Prizes and awards



1st place, Hugo Junkers Award for Research and Innovation, Sachsen-Anhalt 2018
à for the development of “LEAZit - a novel glass ceramics with low thermal expansion”
(together with Dr. Christian Thieme & Prof. Dr. Christian Rüssel)


1st place, TÜV SÜD Innovation Prize
à for the development of microPREPTM, a laser-based tool for sample preparation in the context of microstructure diagnostics
(together with the Nanomaterials and Nanoanalytics group and 3D-Micromac AG)


The Max von Laue Prize of the German Society for Crystallography
à for the elucidation of incommensurable modulations in fresnoite crystals


Lessing Medal in Gold




Selected articles in scientific journals with scientific quality control (see complete list at

[1]     G.J. Hoerder, M. Seibald, D. Baumann, Th. Schröder, S. Peschke, Ph.C. Schmid, T. Tyborski, Ph. Pust, I. Stoll, M. Bergler, C. Patzig, S. Reißaus, M. Krause, L. Berthold, Th. Höche, D. Johrendt, and H. Huppertz:
Sr[Li2Al2O2N2]:Eu2+ – A high performance red phosphor to brighten the future

Nature Commun. 10 (2019) 1824.

[2]     C. Thieme, K. Thieme, M. Kracker, Th. Höche, and C. Rüssel:
Role of Tin Oxide as a Nucleating Agent with Low Solubility in BaO - SrO − ZnO − SiO2 Glasses Studied by Electron and X-ray Microscopy
Cryst. Growth Des., 19 (2019) 1815-1824.

[3]     F. Klocke, O. Dambon, Th. Bletek, Th. Höche, F. Naumann, and Th. Hutzler:
Surface Integrity in Ultra-Precision Grinding of Transparent Ceramics
Proc. CIRP 71 (2017) 177–180.

[4]     J.K. Jochum, M. Lorenz, H.P. Gunnlaugsson, C. Patzig, Th. Höche, M. Grundmann, K. Temst, A. van Tomme, M. van Bael, and V. Lazenka:
Correlation of Magnetization and Hyperfine Field Distribution with High Magnetoelectric Coupling Strength in BaTiO3-BiFeO3 superlattices
Nanoscale 10[12] (2018) 5574-5580.

[5]     R. Sahoo, L. Wollmann, S. Selle, Th. Höche, B. Ernst, A. Kalache, C. Shekhar, N. Kumar, S. Chadov, C. Felser, S.S.P. Parkin, and A.K. Nayak:
Compensated Ferrimagnetic Tetragonal Heusler Thin Films for Antiferromagnetic Spintronics
Adv. Mater., 28 (2016) 8499-8504.

[6]     N. Winzer, O. Rott, R. Thiessen, K. Mraczek, Th. Höche, L. Wright, and M. Mrovec:
Hydrogen Diffusion and Trapping in Ti-Modified Advanced High Strength Steels
Materials & Design 92 (2016) 450-461.

[7]     Z.J. Shen, H.X. Yan, D. Grüner, L.M. Belova, Y. Sakamoto, J.F. Hu, C.W. Nan, Th. Höche, and M. Reece:
Enhanced Remnant Polarization in Ferroelectric Ceramics by Ordered Coalescence of Nano-Crystals
J. Mater. Chem., 22 (2012), 23547-23552.

[8]     M. Mäder, Th. Höche, J.W. Gerlach, S. Perlt, J. Dorfmüller, R. Vogelgesang, K. Kern, and B. Rauschenbach:
Plasmonic Activity of Large-Area Gold-Nanodot Arrays on Arbitrary Substrates
Nano Letters 10 (2010) 47-51.

[9]     S. Bhattacharyya, Th. Höche, J. Jinschek, I. Avramov, R. Wurth, M. Müller, and C. Rüssel:
Direct Evidence of Al-Rich Layers around Nanosized ZrTiO4 in Glass: Putting the Role of Nucleation Agents in Perspective
Crystal Growth & Design 10 (2010) 379-385.

[10]   B. Ziberi, F. Frost, Th. Höche, and B. Rauschenbach:
Ripple Pattern Formation on Silicon Surfaces by Low-Energy Ion Beam Erosion