Main Focus

  • Ab initio (parameter free) scale-bridging computer simulations
  • Ab initio based thermodynamics and kinetics
  • Surface and defect physics
  • Theory on epitaxy and microstructure

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born in Berlin (1963)
  • Study of physics in Berlin (1982-1987)
  • PhD at the Humboldt-University Berlin (1987-1989)
  • PostDoc at the Fritz-Haber-Institut of the Max-Planck Society (1989-1993)
  • Guest scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, USA (1993-1996)
  • Head of an independent Max-Planck research group (1996-2003)
  • Professor (C4 level) at the University of Paderborn (since 2003)
  • Director and Scientific Member at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (since 2004)
  • Director of the advanced study group 'Modeling' at the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS) (since 2008)

Honours and awards

  • Humboldt prize 1990
  • DAAD Forschungsstipendium 1993
  • DFG Habilitationsstipendium 1996
  • Honorary Professor at the Ruhr-University Bochum (since 2007)
  • Member of the Academy of Sciences and Art in North Rhine-Westphalia (since 2010)
  • European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (2012) SMARTMET

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