Wayne State University

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Peter Hoffmann

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Professor & Associate Dean
(313) 577-4573 (Phone)
Office Address

387 Physics & Dean's Office in the Old Main building

Degrees and Certifications

B.S. Physics & Mathematics, Technische Universitat Clausthal
M.S. Physics, Southern Illinois University 
Ph.D. Materials Science, Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

experimental soft condensed matter physics and biophysics: studies of interatomic & intermolecular forces using atomic force microscopy, forces associated with liquid ordering and bonding in biological molecules, nanomechanics, development of state-of-the-art AFM


Professor, Wayne State University, 2011
Director and Advisor, Biomedical Physics, 2008-
Associate Professor, Wayne State University, 2006-2011
Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, 2001-2006
Research Fellow, Oxford University, 1999-2001


E. Mayyas, M. Bernardo, L. Runyan, A. Sohail,V. Subba-Rao, M. Pantea, R. Fridman, and P. M. Hoffmann, "Dissociation Kinetics of an Enzyme-Inhibitor System Using Single-Molecule Force Measurements", Biomacromolecules 11, 3352–3358 (2010).

S. H. Khan, G. Matei, S. Patil, and P. M. Hoffmann*, “Dynamic Solidification in Nanoconfined Water Films”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 106101 (2010); featured in Physics 73, 3 (2010).
G. Matei, S. Jeffery, S. Patil, S. H. Khan, M. Pantea, J. B. Pethica, and P. M. Hoffmann*, “Simultaneous normal and shear measurements of nanoconfined liquids in a fiber-based atomic force microscope”, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79, 023706 (2008).
S. Patil, G. Matei, Ch. A. Grabowski, P. M. Hoffmann, and A. Mukhopadhyay, "Combined atomic force microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy measurements to study the dynamical structure of interfacial fluids", Langmuir 23, 4988-4992 (2007).
S. Patil, G. Matei, A. Oral, and P. M. Hoffmann*, “Solid or Liquid ? Solidification of a nanoconfined liquid under nonequilibrium conditions”, Langmuir 22, 6485 (2006).
S. Patil, G. Matei, H. Dong, P. M. Hoffmann*, M. Karaköse, and A. Oral, “A highly sensitive atomic force microscope for linear measurements of molecular forces in liquids”, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 76, 103705 (2005).
S. Jeffrey, P. M. Hoffmann*, J. B. Pethica, C. Ramanujan, H. Ö. Özer, and A. Oral, “Direct measurement of molecular stiffness and damping in confined water layers”, Phys. Rev. B 70, 054114 (2004).  
Awards & Honors

Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award, Wayne State University, April 2009.

Richard Barber Faculty Award, Wayne State University/ Department of Physics, April 2008

Career Development Chair Award, Wayne State University, April 2007.

College of Science "Excellence in Teaching" Award, 2004

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2002

Abel Wolman Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University 1994-1995
"Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes" Fellowship, 1996-1999