Bio


I am a theoretical/computational physicist from Dresden, Germany. My researches focuses
on electronic structure theory, in specific density functional theory and developments therein.
Using computational models and theoretical predictions is a powerful way to analyse properties
of materials, from atoms to solids. The accuracy between different approaches varies, and
one has to choose the best compromise between computational efficiency and accuracy.
In addition, one needs to be aware of the limitations of a given methods, as accurate predictions
need to take such limits into account.
I am interested in applications and extensions of theoretical/computational models, and their correct
usage with respect to the underlying numerics.

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Sigma Pi Sigma (2018 - Present)
  • Member, American Physical Society (2017 - Present)
  • Member, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society) (2012 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Technische Universitat Dresden (2017)
  • Dr. rer. nat, TU Dresden, Theoretical Chemistry (2017)
  • Master of Science, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Theoretical Physics (2014)
  • Bachelor of Science, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Experimental Physics (2011)

Stanford Advisors


Current Research and Scholarly Interests


van der Waals (vdW) interactions can be a critical component in describing interactions between molecules, or molecules on surfaces. With that, we are going to add this kind of interaction in a recent functional to generate a universal functional that should be most effective for surface science analysis, but which is also accurate for molecules and solids.