Academic positions

  • Assistant professor, TU Graz, 2022 - current
  • Project leader - Senior postdoc researcher, TU Graz, 2019 - 2022
  • Schrödinger Fellow - return phase, TU Graz, 2018-2019
  • Schrödinger Fellow, University of Oxford, 2016-2018
  • Postdoc researcher, TU Graz, 2015-2016
  • PhD studies of Technical Physics, TU Graz, 2011-2015

Grants, Fellowships, and Patents

  • In total, acquired more than 1 million € in research funds since 2016
  • FWF stand-alone project Transition Metal Chalcogenides under Extreme Pressures, 2019-2023
  • External research project Computational Modelling of Superconducting Structures and Material Systems funded by Intellectual Ventures, 2020-2023
  • Patent High Temperature Superconducting Structures, USPTO 16/789143
  • FWF Schrödinger Fellowship, University of Oxford, TU Graz, 2016-2019

Main Research Topics

In my research I employ state-of-the-art computational methods to describe physical phenomena in materials, in particular superconductivity and lattice dynamics, completely from first principles. I further utilize the predictive power of this approach to model and design new materials with certain desired properties. Broken down into bullet points, the main topics of my research can be summarized as follows.

  • Investigating superconductivity, charge-density waves, and their competition in reduced dimensions, in particular for transition metal chalcogenides.

  • Searching for new superconducting carbon-based materials in the nano-regime, i.e., nanoribbons, nanosheets, etc.

  • Understanding the superconducting phase in high-pressure hydrides and predicting new highest-Tc materials.

For more information, please also visit my personal webpage.

Journal Article
Roman Lucrezi, Simone Di Cataldo, Wolfgang von der Linden, Lilia Boeri and Christoph Heil In-silico synthesis of lowest-pressure high-Tc ternary superhydrides Show publication in PURE
Journal Article
Roman Lucrezi and Christoph Heil Superconductivity and strong anharmonicity in novel Nb-S phases Show publication in PURE
Simone Di Cataldo, Christoph Heil, Wolfgang von der Linden and Lilia Boeri LaBH8 : Towards high- Tc low-pressure superconductivity in ternary superhydrides Show publication in PURE
Christopher Trainer, C. M. Yim, Christoph Heil, L. S. Farrar, Vladimir Tsurkan, A. Loidl and Peter Wahl Probing Magnetic Exchange Interactions with Helium Show publication in PURE
C. Trainer, M. Songvilay, N. Qureshi, A. Stunault, C. M. Yim, E. E. Rodriguez, C. Heil, V. Tsurkan, M. A. Green, A. Loidl, P. Wahl and C. Stock Magnetic surface reconstruction in the van der Waals antiferromagnet Fe1+xTe Show publication in PURE
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Gyanu Prasad Kafle, Christoph Heil, Hari Paudyal and Elena R. Margine Electronic, vibrational, and electron-phonon coupling properties in SnSe2and SnS2under pressure Show publication in PURE
Feliciano Giustino, Jin Hong Lee, Felix Trier, Manuel Bibes, Stephen M. Winter, Roser Valentí, Young Woo Son, Louis Taillefer, Christoph Heil, Adriana I. Figueroa, Bernard Plaçais, Quan Sheng Wu, Oleg V. Yazyev, Erik P.A.M. Bakkers, Jesper Nygård, Pol Forn-Díaz, Silvano de Franceschi, J. W. McIver, L. E.F. Foa Torres, Tony Low, Anshuman Kumar, Regina Galceran, Sergio O. Valenzuela, Marius V. Costache, Aurélien Manchon, Eun Ah Kim, Gabriel R. Schleder, Adalberto Fazzio and Stephan Roche The 2021 quantum materials roadmap Show publication in PURE
Carolina A. Marques, M. J. Neat, Chi M. Yim, M. D. Watson, Christoph Heil, K. S. Pervakov, V. A. Vlasenko, V. M. Pudalov, A. V. Muratov, T. K. Kim and Peter Wahl Electronic structure and superconductivity of the non-centrosymmetric Sn4As3 Show publication in PURE
Journal Article
Christoph Heil, Simone Di Cataldo, Giovanni B. Bachelet and Lilia Boeri Superconductivity in sodalite-like yttrium hydride clathrates Show publication in PURE
Christopher Trainer, Chi M. Yim, Christoph Heil, Feliciano Giustino, Dorina Croitori, Vladimir Tsurkan, Alois Loidl, Efrain E. Rodriguez, Chris Stock and Peter Wahl Manipulating surface magnetic order in iron telluride Show publication in PURE
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Christoph Heil, Giovanni B. Bachelet and Lilia Boeri Absence of superconductivity in iron polyhydrides at high pressures Show publication in PURE
Christoph Heil, Martin Schlipf and Feliciano Giustino Quasiparticle GW band structures and Fermi surfaces of bulk and monolayer NbS2 Show publication in PURE
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Christian Thomas Kokail, Christoph Heil and Lilia Boeri Search for High-Tc superconductivity at megabar pressures in the lithium-sulfur system Show publication in PURE
Jose Flores-Livas, Maximilian Amsler, Christoph Heil, Antonio Sanna, Lilia Boeri, Gianni Profeta, Stefan Goedecker, Chris Wolverton and E.K.U. Gross Superconductivity in metastable phases of phosphorus-hydride compounds under high pressure Show publication in PURE
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Christoph Heil and Lilia Boeri Influence of bonding on superconductivity in high-pressure hydrides Show publication in PURE
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Christoph Heil, Heinrich Sormann, Lilia Boeri, Markus Aichhorn and Wolfgang von der Linden Accurate bare susceptibilities from full-potential ab initio calculations Show publication in PURE
Christoph Heil, Lilia Boeri, Heinrich Sormann, Wolfgang von der Linden and Markus Aichhorn Effect of the iron valence in the two types of layers in LiFeO2Fe2Se2 Show publication in PURE
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Martin Nuss, Christoph Heil, Martin Ganahl, Michael Knap, Hans Gerd Evertz, Enrico Arrigoni and Wolfgang von der Linden Steady-state spectra, current, and stability diagram of a quantum dot: A nonequilibrium variational cluster approach Show publication in PURE
Christoph Heil Strong coupling expansion for the Bose–Hubbard and Jaynes–Cummings lattice models Show publication in PURE
Journal Article
Fischer Ekbert, Pierre Schnizer, Christoph Heil, Anna Mierau, Bernhard Schnizer and Seong Y. Shim Impact of the beam pipe design on the operation parameters of the superconducting magnets for the SIS 100 synchrotron of the FAIR project. Show publication in PURE

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Christoph Heil
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc

Institut für Theoretische Physik - Computational Physics
Petersgasse 16
8010 Graz