Born May 15th, 1961 Karlsruhe (Germany), married, two children
Guest professor at the National Finnish Research Center Tampere and the Tokyo University of Technology
Full professor (Soft Matter Physics Chair) and Head of Department at the Johannes Kepler University Linz
Associate professor at the Institute of Applied Physics, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria
Habilitation (Venia Docendi) in Applied Physics at the University Potsdam, Germany
Assistant professor at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy/Department of Applied Condensed Matter Physics, University of Potsdam, Germany
Project supervisor at the Heinrich Hertz Institute for Telecommunication Engineering, Berlin, Germany
Exchange scientist at the Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal, Canada and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburgh, USA
Research Assistant at the Institute of Applied Physics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
PhD in Applied Physics (summa cum laude), Institute of Applied Physics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Master in Applied Physics (summa cum laude), Institute of Applied Physics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Old "steam radios", Star Trek, Carl-Barks and Don-Rosa comics (and many more...)
2017 - Distinguished speaker, Southwest Mechanics Lecture Series (SWMLS)
2016 - Fellow of the IEEE for understanding and application of electro-active polymer dielectrics
2011 - ERC Advanced Investigators Grant
2011 - Dr. Wolfgang Houska Recognition Award for exemplary co-operation with industry
2010 - Rudolf Trauner Award for exemplary co-operation between academia and industry
2010 - Pioneer of Smart Production Award from the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology
2008, 2009 - Prize Award (prototype development competition) of the Ministry of Science and Research: BMWF uni:invent II program for “Keypads Based on Cellular Ferroelectrets”
2007 - Special Award for Research Organizations within the “Landesinnovationspreis” of the Austrian Province Upper Austria
2000 - Research Award of the Upper Austrian Sparkasse (Oberösterreichische Sparkasse).
1997 - Karl-Scheel Award of the Physical Society of Berlin.
1994 - Kurt Überreiter Award of the „Berlin Society for Polymer Research“.
1994 - Award of a literature prize by the Information Technology Society (ITG) within the German Association of Electrical Engineers (VDE).