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Paderborn University, Germany
After a PhD in Physics at Dortmund University in 1989 he joined the University of Augsburg to establish a research team for ion beam physics, electron microscopy and nanomaterials. After “habilitation” in 2000 he became academic director and was appointed professor in Augsburg in 2008.The radiation damage of semiconductors, the formation of buried elemental and compound layers by ion beam synthesis and radiation effects in nanostructures were among the research topics at that time. With his research team and partners from industries he developed patents on the formation and processing of SiC layers. Extended research stays lead him to Hong Kong, Nagasaki and Madrid.
In 2009 he became professor at Paderborn University, where he is heading a group for Nanopatterning, Nanoanalysis and Photonic Materials. He is, in parallel, guest professor at the Ruhr-University in Bochum (Germany), on the board of directors of the Centre of Optoelectronics and Photonics Paderborn CeOPP, founding member and CEO of the Institute of Ultra-Light Weight Construction with Hybrid Systems ILH in Paderborn, and he is serving the European Materials Research Society EMRS (since 1999), where he is heading the European Materials Research Education working group. For EMRS, MRS (USA) and other organizations he (co-) organized more than 12 international conferences and symposia. The present research focus is on self-assembly techniques for the large-area nanopatterning of solid surfaces. Since 2017 he is establishing a regional user center (OWL-AC) for state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy.
Title of ICPAM talk: Self-assembled Surface Patterns for Controlled Nanoparticle Placement and Improved Semiconductor Heteroepitaxy