My interests are focused on new materials, their fascinating structures leading to new physical and chemical properties. My passion goes to the development and application of X-ray based analytical methods in the emerging fields of chemistry, biology, physics and microtechnology. Novel models for X-ray tools using diffraction and scattering in combination with X-ray imaging techniques have an enormous potential in application areas such as materials and life sciences. In recent years, my research moved from micrometer-sized towards nano-systems, coated materials and interfaces regarding especially their dynamics in non-ambient environments. The overriding goal is to develop a better understanding of mechanisms on materials surfaces and interfaces with respect to defect mobility and strain relaxation.
- Lecturer of the master course “XRD Basic Principles & Applications” (each spring semester, Master of Science in chemistry) University of Fribourg: Fribourg, CH.
- CCMX “Advanced X-ray Diffraction Methods for Coatings”
Memberships in national and international organizations
- Titular Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Fribourg, CH
- President of the Swiss Crystallographic Society SGK, 2018-2021
- Executive Committee member of the European Crystallographic Association ECA
- Elected member of the Commission on Powder Diffraction (CPD) of the International Union of Crystallography IUCr
- Board member of the European Powder Diffraction Commission EPDIC
- Member of EXCITE Zurich, Center for Experimental and Clinical Imaging Technologies Zurich
- Member of the Swiss Chemical Society SCS
- Member of the Swiss Society for Photon Science SSPh
- Member of the Swiss Association for Materials Science and Technology
- Member of the German Crystallographic Society