Academic Career

Dissertation Doctoral thesis at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU-Berlin)
Department of Physics, 2008: Dr. rer. nat. (eq. PhD)
Thesis: “Structural and energetic properties of pentacene derivatives and heterostructures” (summa cum laude)
Undergraduate Studies of “Technical Physics”, Graz University of Technology (Austria)
2003: Dipl.-Ing. (eq. master’s degree) at Institute of Solid State Physics
Thesis: “Structural order in epitaxially grown oligo-phenylene thin-films on metallic surfaces” (with distinction)
Studies of “Astronomy” at Graz University (Austria), first diploma exam (2002)

Scientific job history

From Jan. 2018 Concordia University, Montreal (Canada)
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Sept. 2017 – Dec. 2017 University of Tokyo (Japan)
Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP)
Visiting Professor
since 2008 Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Physik, Supramolecular Systems
Research Associate (PhD) – Senior Scientist
2004 – 2008 Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Physik, Macromolecular Systems
Research Assistant (postgraduate)
2003 Institute of Solid State Physics, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Research Assistant (postgraduate)

Teaching history

  • Lecture and tutorial “Physics for Students of Chemistry”
    (topic: fundamental physics, bachelor level, summer term (ST) 2013 and 2014, and winter term (WT) 2016), 2+2 hours (per week)
  • Tutorial “Molecular Physics” (topic: molecular physics, master level, WT 2012), 2 hours
  • Practical course “Advanced Lab Class (Physics), Organic Solar Cell” (ST 2015 – WT 2015/16, ongoing), 6 hours
  • Tutorial “Fundamentals of Physics and Meteorology” (topic: fundamental physics, bachelor level, WT 2012), 2 hours
  • Seminar “Supramolecular Systems” (topic: physics of organic semiconductors, master level, since 2010, ongoing), 2 hours
  • Tutorial “Introduction to Quantum Physics” (ST 2010), 2 hours
  • Tutorial “Experimental Physics I” for physicists (ST 2009), 2 hours
  • Practical course “Fundamentals of Physics” (bachelor level, 5 terms since ST 2010), 4 hours
  • Practical course “Advanced Physics – Scanning Tunneling Microscopy” (topic: solid-state physics, master level, ST 2006 – ST 2008), 6 hours
  • Practical courses in Master of Science program “Polymer-Science” (topic: polymer physics, bachelor level, ST 2006 – ST 2008), 4 hours
  • Supervision of practical courses for secondary-school students (STM, XPS)

Third-party funding

2016 Fundamentals of Molecular Electrical Doping of Organic Semiconductors (FoMEDOS) [221 k€]
2015 KOSMOS Workshop – 8th Workshop on Substrate-Mediated Polymorphism in Organic Thin Films [8 k€]

Project Evaluation

since 2008 Evaluation of Science on Stage (2008-ongoing): The European Platform for Science Teachers, financed by THINK ING., an initiative of the ‘Gesamtmetall’ employers’ association.