Scientific education: Study of Biology (1992) and PhD (1998) at the University of Bonn. 2001-2006 Assistant Professor at the Nees-Institute for Biodiversity of Plants with Habilitation in 2006. Till 2007 Associate Professor at the University of Bonn. 2008 visiting Professor at the Ohio State University (USA), Nanoprobe Lab. for Bio- & Nanotechnology and Biomimetics (NLB2). Since 2009 Professor for Biology and Nanobiotechnology and head of the Microscopy Center at the Rhine-Waal University, Kleve.
Main fields of research: origin and functions of micro- and nanostructures on biological surfaces. Solid-liquid interfaces at superhydrophilic and superhydrophobic surfaces, structure formation by molecular self-assembly, molecular architectur of plant waxes, self-healing and crystallinity of plant waxes, development of biomimetic surfaces, e.g. with replica techniques.
Memberships: Member of the German Biokon e.V. (Bionik Kompetenznetz). Since 2009 founding membership of BIOKON International. Associate editor of the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology