Hans Jürgen Herrmann is theoretical physicist and Full Professor at ETH, Zuriche since 2006. In 1990 he was head of the many-body group at the High Performance Computing Center of Jülich for four years. Then he was director of the Laboratoire de Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Heterogenes de l’ École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de Paris (ESPCI), for six years, where he also filled a chair. In 1996, he was named full professor and director of the Institute of Computer Physics at the University of Stuttgart.
His research on the numerical simulation of particulate systems includes the study of fractures of disordered materials, the effect of wind in dunes, appolonian packings, density waves in pipe flow, fragmentation, stratification, segregation, compactification, sedimentation and non-linear elasticity of packings.
His work on dunes in the Federal University of Ceara -as a Visiting Professor – found large resonance in the media that include journals and sites like Der Spiegel , National Geographic , Science News, Ciencia Hoje, New Scientist, O Povo, Wissenschaft.de , Space.com, Folha de Sao Paulo and Wikipedia.
He is member of the Brazilian Academy of Science, a Guggenheim Fellow (1986), Max-Planck prize recipient (2002) and won the 2005 Gentner-Kastler prize.
He is managing editor of International ‘Journal of Modern Physics C’ and of ‘Granular Matter’ and member of several editorial boards and committees including the Research Committee (Forschungskommission ) of ETH. He has authored/co-authored about 400 publications and co-edited 13 books.