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|University of Western Ontario||Office hours: Mo-Fr 9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
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I am a phycicist by training at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. My diploma thesis work was conducted in the group of Prof. Paul Leiderer in the Department of Physics at the Johannes-Gutenberg University on " The Investigation of the Phase Transition between Amorphous and Crystalline Tetracene by Raman Spectroscopy" in 1986.
For my PhD I joined the group of Prof. Wolfgang Knoll at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz and graduated in 1989 with a biophysical topic: "Charge Induced Phase Separation in Black Lipid Membranes". In 1990 I became a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. George Stegeman at the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona and at CREOL of the University of Central Florida. My research interests during this period were polymeric waveguide devices for nonlinear optical application and spectroscopy.
In 1993 I returned to the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research to built up the integrated optics group. The linear optical characterization of nonlinear optical materials for waveguide application was one aim within the project. New waveguide devices and concepts for sensor application including chemical active sensing layers immobilized on top of the waveguide devices were in the center of interest as well as metal nano particles. Optical techniques, XPS, AFM and spontaneous desorption time-of-flight mass spectrometry were frequently used for the analysis of surface functionalizations. Methods for the independent determination of the refractive index and the geometrical thickness of ultrathin films were developed.
In 2000 I conducted my "Habilitation" in the Physical Chemistry Department of the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz and gave birth to twin boys. My partner is a mineralogist and actively involved in research too.
Since September 2003 I am a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of UWO. My current interests are:
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