Education

08/1970 - 07/1978 Rhabanus-Maurus-Gymnasium, Mainz
07/1978 Abitur
10/1978 - 07/1985 Studies in Physics and Fine Arts at the University of Mainz.
07/1985 Diploma in Physics.
Diploma thesis on the dynamics of electrons on the surface of liquid Helium.
08/1989 PhD in Physics.
Thesis on time resolved studies of laser ablation of thin organic films.

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Professional development

09/1989 - 10/1989 Research Project with the Schott company, Mainz, on the photochromic effect in WO3 thin films.
11/1989 - 12/1989 Guest researcher at the University of Konstanz. Time resolved surface thermometry with optically excited surface plasmons.
01/1990 - 12/1990 Postdoctoral stay at the IBM Almaden Research Center, San José, California (USA), with Prof. J. Swalen. Experiments with optically nonlinear polymer thin films.
01/1991 - 12/1995 Research position at the University of Konstanz. Experiments with optical surface waves, thin films, wetting phenomena, and nonlinear optics.
04/1994 Habilitation at the Faculty of Physics, University of Konstanz.
02/1995 Heisenberg-Stipendium of the German Science Foundation (DFG) for a project on nano-fluidics.
01/1996 - 03/1999 Head of an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces (Berlin). Experiments on artificial liquid nanostructures, wetting phenomena, structure formation in thin films, and nonlinear optics. Lecturer at the University of Konstanz. Initiator and Coordinator of a Priority Program on "Wetting and Structure Formation at Interfaces" funded by the DFG (until 2005)
06/1998 Offer of a full professorship at the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland). Declined.
04/1999 - 09/2003 Professor (C4) at the University of Ulm, head of the Applied Physics Department. Manager of the graduate school on "Molecular Organization and Structure Formation at Surfaces and Interfaces". Spokesman of the Arts Center ("Musisches Zentrum") of the University of Ulm. From 05/2003, director at the MPI for Flow Research (later "Dynamics and Self-Organization") as additional appointment.
From 10/2003 Managing Director of the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization (formerly "Flow Research") in Göttingen. Head of the Dept. for Dynamics of Complex Fluids, with experimental and theoretical projects on micro- and nanofluidics, wetting of complex topographies, non-equilibrium science, and biological matter in restricted geometry. Manager of the Applied Physics Dept. of the University of Ulm.
Since 12/2005 Additional appointment as a professor of physics at the University of Göttingen

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