I was born in Germany and I grew up in Hann-Münden, a cute
little town in the middle of Germany, famous for its historic center
of fachwerkhauses, surrounded by forests and rivers. I finished
high school there before I studied chemistry at the University
of Kassel, Germany. I received my diploma degree in chemistry in
Summer 2000. For PhD, I went to Stuttgart to join the group of
Siegmar Roth at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research
where I mainly worked on thin networks of carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
After my PhD exam in the summer of 2006, I joined the group of
Prof. George Gruner as a postdoctoral fellow. Besides that, I enjoy
long distance running (track, field, marathon), swimming, or relaxing
at the beach and eating sushi.
My interest involves the chemistry and electrochemistry of carbon
nanotubes including their applications in devices such as biosensors
and chemical sensors, network transistors, fuel cells, solar cells,
ultra microelectrodes, and super capacitors. Here, the platforms
for all of our research are networks of carbon nanotubes. Challenges
in general CNT research, which overlap with our interests, are
e.g. purifying CNT raw material from impurities, separating metallic
from semiconducting CNTs, chemical functionalization of CNTs and
functional coatings onto CNT networks. New devices based on carbon
nanotube networks are our main goal but we are open for all new
ideas. At UCLA, you can find me in Knudsen Hall
room B-158. Welcome!