Ph.D. (Dr. rer.nat.) in Glass-Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University (FSU), Jena, Germany (2001)
Diplom in Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat, Jena, Germany (1998)
Diplom thesis at the University of Oulu, Finland (1997/1998)
Study abroad at the University of Adelaide, Australia (1994/1995)
Vordiplom in Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich, Germany (1994)
MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS
Nonlinear optical properties (SHG) of thermally poled glasses, and corona poled polymers and hybrid materials.
Characterization of these materials by spectroscopy (Optical, infrared, Raman, NMR), property-structure correlation, assessment of poling induced structural changes.
Interaction of glassy matrices with radiation: characterization of intrinsic and extrinsic defects by optical and EPR spectroscopy, photo-ionization of polyvalent dopants.
Property-structure correlation and assessment of the near and medium range structure of (Fluoride)-phosphate and (Boro-)silicate glass systems by spectroscopy (Optical, infrared and Raman, NMR, EPR spectroscopy).
Coordinator or participant in several national and international research projects in collaboration with academic and industrial organizations (Germany: HWP, DFG, SCHOTT; Bilateral Scientific Schemes: LUBOM, IKYDA; EU: Erasmus, Marie Curie (TOK).
CONFERENCES AND INVITED TALKS
13 international and 7 German conferences. Participation in the Organization of the International Otto-Schott Colloquium, Jena, Germany (1998, 2002, and 2006).
Undergraduate course (practical and seminary) in Inorganic Chemistry (Department for Chemistry and Geo-sciences, FSU, Jena, Germany, 2001-2007), some substitute lectures on General Chemistry (undergraduate course). Supervision of student research projects.
HONORS & AWARDS
Post-graduate fellowship (HWP) of the German Federal- and State-Commission for Educational Planning and Research support (BLK) (1/05 - 12/06).
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & ACTIVITIES
Member of the Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft. Regular reviewer for J. Non-Cryst. Solids and Phys. Chem. Glasses.
16 publications in refereed journals, 20 publications in conference proceedings, contribution to one book chapter.