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Career Development

since 12.2018 Full professor at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

2018 Associate professor at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

2017 Associate professor at Clarkson University, New York State, USA

2015-2016 Senior research group leader and ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant project leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids & Interfaces, Germany

2013-2017 Associate member in International Max Planck Research School "Multiscale Biosystems"

2011-2014 junior research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids & Interfaces, Germany 2009-2010 Post-doc researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids & Interfaces, Germany

Academic Education/Track

2011-2015 Habilitation in "Polymer/Colloid chemistry" at Uni Potsdam, Germany ("Poly(ionic liquid)s: innovative polyelectrolytes for materials application") supervised by Professor Markus Antonietti

2005-2009 PhD in polymer chemistry (summa cum laude) at Uni Bayreuth, Germany ("One-dimensional hybrid nanomaterials based on cylindrical polymer brushes") supervised by Professor Axle H. E. Mueller

2002-2004 M. Sc. in macromolecular chemistry, Uni Siegen, Germany ("Study of Reactions of Melamine Model Compounds with Isocyanates") supervised by Professor Werner Mormann

1998-2002 B. Eng. in applied chemistry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P. R. China supervised by Professor Xuefeng Qian

Award and scholarship

2017 "Wallenberg Acdemy Fellowship" from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden

2016 "Dozentenpreis des Fonds" (Career Award for Young Chemists, 3 awardees annually) of the Foundation of German Chemical Industry (FCI)

2015 Dr. Hermann-Schnell Award (Career Award for Young Polymer Scientists, 1-2 awardees biannually) of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)

2014 European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant Award ("nanoporous asymmetric poly(ionic liquid) membranes" NAPOLI-639720)

2013-2015 Best Performance Annual Award ("Gewaehrung einer Leistungspraemie") at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids & Interfaces, Germany

2009-2010 Max Planck Society Postdoc Fellowship

2009 Otto-Warburg Award in Bayreuth, Germany for Best PhD Thesis

Professional Services

Associate Editor for the Journal of Macromolecular Science Part A: Pure and Applied Chemistry (Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group) (2018-)

International advisor board member of the Wiley-VCH journal "Macromolecular Rapid Communications" and "Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics." since 2017

Editorial board member for "Scientific Reports" from Nature Publishing Group (2018-)

Editorial board member of the journal "Applied Materials Today" (Publisher: Elsevier) (2015-)

Member of YAE (Young Academy of Europe, 2015-)

Co-organizer of 2 symposiums in ACS Fall meeting in Boston in Aug. 2015 and in Aug. 2018 (scheduled). Topic: "Ionic Liquids in Polymer Design")

Co-organizer of workshop for Marie-Curie-ITN RENAISSANCE (Training Network in Innovative Polyelectrolytes for Energy and Environment) in Potsdam Germany (2012)

Guest editor of 2 special issues "Ionic Liquids in Polymer Design" in Wiley journal "Macromolecular Rapid Communications" (2016, 37, 14), and "Polymerized Ionic Liquids for Emerging Technology" in the Elsevier journal "Polymer" (2014, 55, 16)

Regular referee service for Journals (limited to 80 manuscripts per year to guarantee quality).

Referee service for Foundations/fundings: Carl-Zeiss-Foundation, Department of Energy in USA, ACS PRF in USA, Israel Science Foundation, French National Research Agency, Estonian Science Foundation, Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund, European Research Council external reviewer and National Science Foundation in USA.

Funding and Granted Projects

2019-2023 VR (Swedish Research Council) grant

2019-2021 STINT mobility fund

2018-2020 Stockholm University stratgic Funds

2018-2023 Wallenberg Academy Fellowship

2017 Startup Grant in Clarkson University (terminated from 2018)

2016-2018 Foundation of German Chemical Industry (FCI, suspended from 2017).

2015-2021 ERC Starting Grant 2014 "Nanoporous Asymmetric Poly(Ionic Liquid) Membranes" (1.5 Mio. Euro). (suspension period Feb.-Dec. 2017)

2015-2017 Host for Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Fellowship, project "Conjugated Porous Ionic Networks and membranes".

2015-2019 EU project "High Energy Lithium Sulphur Cells and Batteries for Automotive Application (HELIS)" within the framework "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation". (joint project with Prof. Markus Antonietti)

2015-2016 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) project "When pillar[5]arenes meet poly(ionic liquid)s: host-guest interactions for shape-memory gels" (with Zhejiang University, China.)

2014-2016 Biomimetic actuator project within the International Max Planck Research School on "Multiscale Biosystems" in Potsdam/Berlin, Germany (joint project with Dr. John Dunlop)

2014-2015 MAXNET project "new binder for electrochemical devices" (joint project with Prof. Markus Antoniett)

2012-2016 EU project, COST MP1202 "Rational design of hybrid organic-inorganic interfaces", role as Management Committee Supplementary. Granted collaboration project with Stockholm University.

2012-2016 EU Marie-Curie ITN "Training network in innovative polyelectrolytes for energy and environment". Coordinator for the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and co-supervisor of 2 PhD students (joint project with Prof. Markus Antonietti).

2012-2015 Joint International Laboratory between Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany and National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China (joint project together with the other two German PIs)

2014-2015 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) project "Light-Absorption Enhanced PIL Membrane for Conversion of Solar Energy into Chemical Energy" (with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University)


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