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1999 Habilitation in Experimental Physics, University of Konstanz
1993 Doctoral degree in Physics, University of Konstanz
1990 Diploma in Physics, University of Heidelberg

Academic Career

since 03/2003 Head of the 2nd Institute of Physics, University of Stuttgart
2000–2003 Lecturer at the University of Konstanz
1995–1996 Research Associate at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Denver, USA (DFG fellowship)
1994 Research Associate at University of Konstanz

Research Interests

  • Phase behavior of colloidal suspensions
  • Quasicrystals
  • Critical phenomena
  • Non equilibrium statistical physics
  • Mikrofluidics
  • Transport through porous media
  • Evanescent light scattering
  • Gel Formation

Scientific Awards

2016 ERC Advanced Grant
2012 Renewal of Appointment to Max Planck Fellow
2007 Max Planck Research Fellow at the MPI for intelligent systems, Stuttgart
2000 Walter Schottky Prize for the investigation on structural properties and phase transitions with colloidal model systems
1997 LBS Environment Prize for the concept and realization of a self-containted, smart window
1995 Dornier Research Award for the PhD thesis on photochromic thin films


  • Member of the Liquid Matter Board of the EPS
  • Member of the Panel „Statistical Physics, Soft Matter, Biophysics, Nonlinear Dynamics” of the German Research Society