Recently, I have joined Northeastern University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. My group
will seek to discover novel materials for renewable energy applications using high-throughput, ab-initio calculations, and data-driven materials property predictions.
I am searching for both graduate research students and postdoctoral researchers to join my group (more info here). If you have an interest and a background in the above-described fields kindly reach out to me
and send me your CV. Looking forward to many exciting collaborations in this new chapter of my career!
Before I joined Northeastern University, I was Senior Scientist at Aionics Inc. and I am now
supporting them as a member of their Scientific Advisory Board.
From 2020 to 2021, I was a senior postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna and a visiting researcher at Stanford University. My research during that time was
focused on the discovery of novel materials for energy conversion applications for which I was awarded the prestigious Erwin-Schrödinger fellowship by the
Austrian Science Fund (FWF). I consider myself a bilingual Scientist who can apply skills in both experimental synthesis and computational simulation to establish
new material solutions for renewable energy challenges.
During my doctoral research I focused on the synthesis and characterization of nanoscale thin films for new high-efficiency solar cell and
next-generation integrated circuit applications. I employed atomic layer deposition (ALD) to synthesize films with atomic precision and
used transmission electron microscopy (TEM), among other techniques, to characterize the deposited materials. Further details are
explained on my website here.
My postdoctoral research focused on exploring the prediction of material properties using computational modeling and machine learning.
Diving into computational material science and data-driven material discovery allowed me to broaden my expertise as a scientist.
As I feel very passionate about renewable energy solutions, I crafted a research proposal aimed to discover new
materials for thermionic energy conversion (TEC). Through that proposal I was awarded the prestigious Erwin-Schrödinger
fellowship (from the Austrian Science Fund, FWF) which enabled me to publish my research in the high-impact
journal ACS Energy Letters where it was displayed on the cover. Further, it was featured in various news outlets in Austria.
A summary of this research development can be read on here.
To further facilitate my material discovery goal, I have been collaborating with experts in machine learning
(Prof. Evan Reed, Stanford University, and Prof. Christoph Dellago, University of Vienna) to screen a wide range of materials for
potential low work function candidates with high performance computing. The work focuses on using machine learning to develop a
statistically driven surrogate model to predict material surfaces’ work function. The details of my most recent research progress
are described here.
Most of my research interests are based on (directly or indirectly) a deep understanding of properties of material surfaces, including
research I have worked on with my collaborators. Further information is discussed on this page.
As teaching is a big passion of mine and I consider it one of the main missions of any academic institution, I dedicated this
page of my website to describe my teaching experiences and interests.
Lastly, a list of all my publications can be found here and I would be excited to hear from you
and chat about science, research, teaching, among many other nerdy topics!
My contact information is listed here.
M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Vienna, graduated with distinction
Conducted research in Material Science for more than ten years in both academia and industry.
Expertise in experimental synthesis and characterization of nano-materials as well as
quantum simulations and data-driven predictions of material properties