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About myself

I am a theoretical solid-state physicist, interested in the optical properties and the theoretical description of nanostructures. I am working together with Ulrich Hohenester in the Solid State Theory group at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz.

I have studied Theoretical Physics in Graz and obtained my degree in 2007. After a few months at the Montan-University Leoben and a three-month research stay at the CNR-INFM National Center for nanoStructures and bioSystems at Surfaces (S3) at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy, I returned to Graz in February 2008. There I started with my PhD and finished my thesis in July 2011 with distinction - a PDF-version can be downloaded from here:

"Optical properties of metallic nanoparticles"         600 dpi  (33 MB)       150 dpi  (9 MB)

For my dissertation I got the science award of the province of Styria for simulation and modeling (Forschungspreis des Landes Steiermark für Simulation und Modellierung, Kategorie Nachwuchsförderung).

I continued to work in Graz as a postdoc until December 2011. Afterwards I changed to Madrid for a research stay in the group of Javier García de Abajo at the Instituto de Química-Física "Rocasolano", Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Since July 2012 and after a short research visit in the group of Pierre Berini at the University of Ottawa I'm back in the theoretical nanoscience group of Ulrich Hohenester at the Karl-Franzens-University.

From July 2014 to March 2015 I was employed by the Erwin Schrödinger Society for Nanoscale Research, currently I'm working as principal investigator of the FWF project P 27299.

Last update: 27.01.2016