Extended Board Member



Academic Career

Since 09/2019
Liebig Fellowship,
Group leader funded by the VCI
Bioinspired Materials Chemistry
Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology IGVP, University of StuttgartFraunhofer
Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart
2016 – 2019 Postdoctoral researcher, in Prof. Derk Joester’s “Biomineralisation” group: “Structural exploration of biominerals from chitons and humans.”
McCormick School of Engineering and Materials, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA
2016 Postdoctoral researcher, in the group of Prof. Bettina Lotsch.
Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich & Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Academic Education

2012 – 2016 PhD in the group of Prof. Bettina Lotsch: “Two-dimensional Covalent Organic Frameworks as Platforms for Renewable Energy and Environmental Applications.” Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude)
Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich & Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
2011 Master’s degree in Chemistry, grade: Excellent (1.03, top 2%). Master’s thesis in the group of Prof. Darren Dixon: “Enantioselective desymmetrization via catalysed intramolecular Michael addition reactions.” Grade: Very good (1.0),
University of Oxford, Great Britain
2009 – 2011
Major subjects: Organic and Inorganic Chemistry,
Minor subject: Physical Chemistry,
Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
2006 – 2009
Bachelor degree in Chemistry, grade: Good (1.6, top 10%).
Bachelor thesis in the group of Florian Kraus: “Orientierende Versuche zur Synthese von Gold(I)fluorid. ” Grade: Very good (1.0),
Technical University of Munich


  • Interested in the structure-property relationship, synthesis and chemistry of biomineral inspired materials based on chitobased biopolymers to serve as mechanically robust structural or functional materials. Interests focus on how chitobased biopolymers interact in bulk systems and how this affects the mechanical properties at the nano-, micro-, and macro-scales. For this, he also investigates biominerals for underlying evolutionary principles that guide the development of more sustainable materials and synthetic methods.
  • Important research activities related to the synthesis, modification and self-assembly of functional polymer systems in the areas of covalent organic networks (COFs) and biomineralisation/bio-inspired materials from renewable resources.
  • First identification of the amorphous persistent mineral santabarbaraite, a new biominal, in the teeth of the beetle snail Cryptochiton stelleri (2021)
  • Successful transfer of essential principles of biomineralisation to a new chemical manufacturing process for a paste for additive manufacturing of amorphous, bio-inspired composite materials with high mechanical performance (2021)
  • First pore polarity adjustment in micropores of COFs for targeted modification of the adsorption behaviour of gases (2015)
  • Tailoring molecular building blocks to improve and explore photocatalytic hydrogen production with postulation of charge/energy transfer processes (2015, 2018)
  • First-time application of covalent organic networks for photocatalytic hydrogen production and water vapour storage (2014, 2015)

Programme Committee Members