Wöll studied physics at the University of Göttingen and received his PhD in 1987 at the Max-Planck-Institut of Dynamics and Self-Organization with Prof. Peter Toennies. After a postdoctoral time (1988 to 1989) at the IBM research laboratories, San Jose, USA he accepted a position equivalent to Assistant Professor at the University of Heidelberg at the Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry.
After his habilitation he took over the chair for Physical Chemistry at the University of Bochum (until 2009). In 2000 he founded the collaborative research center SFB588 “Metal-substrate Interactions in Heterogeneous Catalysis”.
Since 2009 he is the director of the Institite of Functional Interfaces at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Heisenberg scholarship funded by the German DFG 1994-1996
Spokeperson of the Surface Physics Division of the German Physical Society 2016 - 2018.
Elected member of the Council on Physical Chemistry of solid-State Bodies, Surfaces, and Characterization of Materials of the German Science Foundation (DFG) (2016 until 2019).
Recipient of the van't Hoff Prize of the German Bunsen Association (DGB) 2016
Member of German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina)
Awarded an honorary doctorate by the Southern Danish University of Odense for his services in the development of organic thin films in general and especially for his work in the development of so-called organometallic scaffold compounds (SURMOFs) 2019
- Fundamental processes in Surface Physics and Surface Chemistry
- Development and advancement of techniques for the characterization of molecular adsorbates and oxide surfaces
- Organic surfaces
- Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)