2009 graduated as a Technical Biologist (Diploma degree) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany (diploma thesis “Comparative study of the ultrastructure of the slippery zone in nine carnivorous Nepenthes species”, realized at the Evolutionary Biomaterials Group at the Max-Planck Institute for Metals Research Stuttgart, Germany).
2009 (March - June) researcher at Max-Planck Institute for Metal Research.
2009 (August) till 2013 (November), PhD-thesis at the department of Functional Morphology and Biomechanics at the Zoological Institute, Kiel University, Germany. Title of the PhD-Thesis was „Frictional properties of snake and snake-inspired microstructured polymer surfaces“. Within this study the tribologically optimized frictional system "snake" was characterized by the examination of the micro-structures of single snake scales and ventral body regions by SEM. By friction measurements of original snake skin and polymeric replica the influence of these micro-structures in contact with different substrates was examined. The aim of this study was on the one side to get deeper understanding of the physical phenomena friction at biological surfaces and on the other side to transfer the gained knowledge of the biological system to technical surfaces under mechanical stress.
From 2014 (January) Post-Doc position at the department of Functional Nanomaterials at the Institute for Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering, Kiel University, Germany. The current research is focused on the development of an environmentally friendly polymeric coating with antifouling effect for maritime buildings.
Research areas: Biotribology, Biofouling and Biological Materials