Frank Schumann studied physics at the RWTH Aachen and obtained a diploma degree in 1990. He completed his PhD work at the University of Cambridge/UK in 1994. In the period 1994-1999 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Pennsylvania State University and Lawrence Livermore National lab. In 1999 he became a leader of a junior research group at the Free University Berlin. In 2004 he joined the Max-Planck Institute as a senior scientist and obtained a habilitation degree from the Martin-Luther University/Halle in 2012.
Frank Schumann is a surface scientist and investigated the magnetic properties of metallic 2D systems via a variety of techniques including synchrotron radiation. Upon joining the MPI-Halle he shifted his research to the investigation of the electron-electron interaction at surfaces. This was accomplished by utilizing advanced electron spectroscopy. In the future he will conduct research using a low temperature STM to explore the on-surface synthesis of 2D carbon nanostructures.