Institut für Materialphysik

Research Experience


  • 2016 - current

    Staff, Institute of Materials Physics, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

  • 2016 - 2017

    Research Affiliate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

  • 2015

    Senior Postdoctoral Associate, Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

  • 2014

    Postdoctoral Associate, Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

  • 2012 - 2013

    Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

  • 2008 - 2011

    Research Assistant, Department of Experimental Physics, Free University Berlin, Berlin, Germany

  • 2006 - 2008

    Research Assistant, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada


Education


  • 2009 - 2012

    PhD Fellow, International Graduate School BIG NSE within DFG Cluster of Excellence Unicat, Berlin, Germany
  • 2008 - 2011

    PhD studies, Department of Experimental Physics, Free University Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Thesis: Structure-function relations in water-oxidizing cobalt oxides investigated by X-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • 2006 - 2008

    MSc studies, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

    Thesis: The Promise of Nitrogen Plasma Implanted Gallium Arsenide for Band Gap Engineering
  • 2005 - 2006

    Student exchange, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • 2003 - 2006

    BSc studies, Department of Physics, Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany


Awards


  • 2015

    Hans-Jürgen Engell Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry for contributions in the development of earth-abundant catalyst materials for water oxidation and oxygen reduction
  • 2012

    Carl-Ramsauer Award of the Physical Society of Berlin
  • 2007

    Gerhard Herzberg Memorial Scholarship jointly awarded by the Chemistry and Physics Departments at University of Saskatchewan


Research Interests

I am interested in unraveling fundamental relationships between oxide physics and catalytic mechanisms that are relevant to both energy storage and conversion. I am especially interested in the reactions of oxygen evolution and reduction that are important both for improving technology and understanding nature. To achieve insight into these reactions, I combine concepts from physics and chemistry.