01/2008 “Habilitation” in Environmental Geosciences
06/2006 Award of the Adolf Messer prize, which is worth 50,000 euros, for scientists with outstanding achievements in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, economics or social sciences for “trend-setting research on the field of atmospheric aerosols”.
10/2003 – present Leader of the Scanning Electron Microscopy research group (individual particle analysis – material characterization – elemental analysis) at the Institute of Applied Geosciences, discipline Environmental Mineralogy, Technical University of Darmstadt.
Head of security devision at the Institute of Applied Geosciences.
02/2003 – 09/2003 Research scientist at the Laboratory for Space Sciences, Physics Department, Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA . “Nano-Secondary Mass Spectrometry (Nano-SIMS) measurements of individual soot particles”.
05/2000 – 01/2003 Postdoctoral research scientist at the Institute of Applied Geosciences, subject group Environmental Mineralogy, Technical University of Darmstadt. In charge of the Environmental scanning electron microscope laboratory.
01/1996 – 04/2000 Research work on the PhD thesis in chemistry “Chemical analysis of marine and continental aerosol particles by use of high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM) and total reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis (TXRF)“at the Technical University of Darmstadt in the material science department, discipline chemical analysis.
10/1995 – 1/1996 Freelancer for the Merck KgaA company and the Technical University of Darmstadt working on the project “Analytical characterization of clean room aerosol particles by use of total reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis (TXRF) and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA).“
10/1990 – 10/1995 Study of chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Diploma thesis: ”Analytical characterization of ceramic standard powders by use of energy- and wavelength-dispersive X-ray analysis (ED- and WD-XRF) and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES).”