Rolf studied materials science and received his doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) at the (formerly) Institute of Applied Physics. Thereafter he carried out postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Davis and at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He then joined FEI Company as an application specialist and was later in the role of a system engineer. Before returning to NCEM as a staff scientist, he spent a period of time as a faculty member at the EMAT institute (Electron Microscopy for Materials Science) of the University of Antwerp. Since 2009, Rolf is head of Empa's Electron Microscopy Center.
Rolf's research interests cover various topics in electron microscopy, such as atomic resolution and low-voltage electron microscopy, in-situ electron microscopy and (valence) electron energy-loss spectroscopy. In collaboration with various research groups, he has published articles in numerous fields ranging from atomic-scale studies of precipitates in binary alloys, valence electron energy-loss spectroscopy, interplanetary dust particles, carbon nanomaterials, semiconductor nanostructures, complex functional oxides, and in the field of aberration-corrected high-resolution electron microscopy.
- Electron scattering and diffraction physics in (scanning) transmission electron microscopy
- Aberration correction in electron microscopy and electron optics
- Low-loss and high-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy
- Low-voltage and ultra-high resolution (scanning) transmission electron microscopy
- Functional (nano-)materials and interface phenomena
- Nucleation processes and in-situ electron microscopy
Since 2009: Head Electron Microscopy Center, Empa
Since 2013: Lecturer ETH Zurich
2007-2009: Staff Scientist, National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California (USA).
2006-2007: Faculty position, EMAT, Universtiy of Antwerp (Belgium).
2004-2006: System engineer and application specialist, FEI Company, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
2003-2004: Postdoctoral researcher, University of California at Davis, and National Center for Electron Microscopy, LBNL, California (USA)
1999-2003: PhD study, Dr. sc. nat., Institute of Applied Physics, ETH Zurich (CH)
1998/1999: Diploma thesis, Royal School of Technology (KTH), Stockholm (Sweden)
1994-1999: Studies in materials science, Dipl. Ing. ETH
Boards and Commissions of Trust
- Member of the Review Panel, ePSIC, Diamond Light Source, United Kingdom (since 2018)
- Management Committee COST Action CA20129: Multiscale irradiation and chemistry driven processes and related technologies (since 2021)
- Chair microscopy section and vice president, Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy (since 2017)
- Board member, Microscopy section, Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy (since 2013)
- Conference chair, Microscopy Conference 2017, Lausanne (2017)
- Member of the Review Panel, Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF), Karlsruhe Institute
of Technology (KIT), Germany (2014-2020)
- Management Committee COST Action MP0901: Designing novel materials for nanodevices - from Theory to Practice (NanoTP) (2009-2013)
- Organizer and co-organizer of scientific sessions: MRS meetings, Microscopy & Microanalysis conferences, Microscopy Conferences, COST workshops (since 2010)