Ph.D. in Engineering/Material Science (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany), 2004.
M.Eng. in Mechanical Eng. (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain), 1997.

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013 – present.
Associate at the Center for Advanced Study (CAS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, since 2016.
NCSA Faculty Fellow since 2014.
Senior Scientist at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2009 – 2013.
German Science Foundation Research Fellow, Princeton University, 2007 – 2009.
Postdoctoral researcher in Hamburg University of Technology, 2005-2007.



03/2016, Excellence Faculty Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
01/2016, CAS Associate, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Teaching excellence.
08/2014, NCSA Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
09/2007, DFG Early Career Support, Awarded by German Research Foundation (DFG).


Membership Secretary of ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry since 2015.
College Safety Advisory Committee Member, UIUC, since 2017.