Current position

Research assistant (PostDoc) in the research group of Dr. Thorsten Wagner at Chemistry department of Paderborn Universtiy


2009 – 2014                Doctor of engineering (summa cum laude) received from RWTH Aachen, Germany

PhD study was carried out in the research group Biological Composites of the department Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany

PhD project: “Structure-property-relations of cuticular photonic crystals evolved by different beetle groups (Insecta, Coleoptera)”

2006 – 2009                Master of science received from RWTH Aachen, Germany

Study major: Physical Metallurgy and Materials

Master thesis: “Characterization and comparison of structural coloration in the elytra of three Carabus ground beetle species”

2002 – 2006                Bachelor of science received from University of Science and Technology Beijing, China

Study major: Materials Science and Engineering

Bachelor thesis: “The formation mechanism of Goss texture in grain oriented silicon steel by slab heating under low temperature”

Projects as principle investigator

Project “Broadband reflecting fibers with tailored structures inspired by desert ants” within the DFG Priority Programme 1839 “Tailored disorder – A science- and engineering-based approach to materials design for advanced photonic applications”.

Project “Biomimetic photonic crystals with mechanochromic properties bases on cuticular scales of the weevil Entimus imperialis” within the DFG Priority Programme 1420 “Biomimetic Materials Research: Functionality by Hierarchical Structuring of Materials”


  • Borchers-Plakette 2015 awarded for my PhD thesis with a grade of “summa cum laude
  • Young Investigator Award granted in 2012 within the DFG Priority Programme 1420 including one year of funding for the project on mechanochromic properties of bicontinuous cubic structures
  • Outstanding Poster Award awarded at the 2011 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting, Boston, USA [presented by H.-O. Fabritius]