Short CV/Education and training

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    Studied physics at the University of Konstanz, Germany

  • 1997
    Doctorate at the University of Konstanz

  • 1997 – 1999
    Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (then at Adlershof, now at Potsdam/Golm, Germany)

  • 1999 – 2001
    CI Research fellow in the Department of Applied Physics, Ulm University, Germany

  • 2001 – 2002
    Project director at Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany

  • 2002
    Appointed C3 professor at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

  • Since 2009
    W3 professor at Saarland University

Selected publications

  • "Impact of van der Waals interactions on single asperity friction". Phys. Rev. Lett. (2013, in print).

  • "Reduced adhesion of oral bacteria on hydroxyapatite by fluoride treatment". Langmuir 29 (2013) 5528.

  • "Increasing the wear resistance by interstitial alloying with boron via chemical vapor deposition". Langmuir 29 (2013) 4543.

  • "Solid surface structure affects liquid order at the polystyrene/self-assembled-monolayer interface". Phys. Rev. E 87 (2013) 012306.

  • "Macroscale adhesion of gecko setae reflects nanoscale differences in subsurface composition". J. R. Soc. Interface (2013) doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0587.

  • "Adhesion and tribological properties of hydrophobin proteins in aqueous lubrication on stainless steel surfaces". RSC Advances 2 (2012) 9867.

  • "Influence of the subsurface composition of a material on the adhesion of staphylococci". Langmuir 28 (2012) 7242.

  • "Subsurface influence on the structure of protein adsorbates revealed by in situ X-ray reflectivity". Langmuir 28 (2012) 7747.

  • "Slippage and nanorheology of thin liquid polymer films". J. Phys.:Condens. Matter 24 (2012) 325102.

  • "Is adhesion superficial? Silicon wafers as a model system to study van der Waals interactions". Adv. Coll. Interf. Sci. 107 (2012) 179182.

  • "Epitaxial growth of graphene on Ir(111) by liquid precursor deposition". Phys. Rev. B 84 (2011) 075472.

  • "Structural evolution of protein-biofilms: Simulations and experiments". Biomicrofluidics 4 ( 2010) 032201.

  • "Slip effects in polymer thin films". J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22 (2010) 033102.

  • "Reduced interfacial entanglement density affects the boundary conditions of polymer flow". Phys. Rev. Lett. 103 (2009) 247801.

  • "Evidence for capillarity contributions to gecko adhesion from single spatula nanomechanical measurements". PNAS 102 (2005) 16293.

  • "Complex dewetting scenarios captured by thin film models". Nature Materials 2 (2003) 59.

  • "Dewetting Patterns and Molecular Forces: a Reconciliation". Phys. Rev. Lett. 86 (2001) 5534.

  • Spinodal Dewetting in Liquid Crystal and Liquid Metal Films. Science 282 (1998) 916.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The micro- and nanofluidics of thin polymer films

  • Bioadhesion: Adhesion of proteins and bacteria

  • Graphen: Production and Properties

  • General: Surface structuring and analysis (AFM, ellipsometry, XPS etc.)

  • Coordinator of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Priority Programme "Nano- and microfluidics", 2003 – 2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Senate Committee for Collaborative Research Centres

  • Hamburg and Rhineland-Palatinate Excellence Initiatives

  • Board of trustees of Physik Journal

  • Various boards of trustees at small and medium-sized businesses

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