I joined the Department of Physics and the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy in January 2013 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017. I obtained my PhD in physics from Humboldt-University Berlin (Germany) in 2005 working on scanning tunneling microscopy of organic molecules at solid-liquid interfaces. From 2006 to 2008 I was a postdoctoral scholar at the Chemistry Department at Stanford University (USA) working on nanoplasmonics. From 2008 through 2012 I was a group leader at the Photonics and Optoelectronics Group at the Physics Department of Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich where I led research on hybrid nanomaterials. My current research focuses on hybrid colloidal nanomaterials for renewable energy in particular photocatalytic nanosystems for generation of solar fuels and their optical properties. In addition, I am interested in hybrid nanomaterials for nanoplasmonics and nanooptics.