Prof. Dr. rer. nat.



1986 – 1989     Research Scientist, Institute of Biophysics, Ulm University, Prof. P. Fromherz
1990 – 1992 Engineer at Robert Bosch GmbH, Reutlingen, Development of Power Transistors
1992 – 1994 Postdoc researcher, Frontier Research Lab, RIKEN, Wako-shi, Japan, Prof. W. Knoll
1994 – 2001 Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
2001 – present                 Head of the Institute of Complex Systems – Bioelectronics (ICS-8), Forschungszentrum Jülich


Academic Qualification and Education

1985        Diploma in Physics, Ulm University, Germany
1989 Doctor of natural sciences, Ulm University, Germany
2001 Habilitation and Venia Legendi Physical Chemistry, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany
2002 University Professor at RWTH Aachen University


Teaching Experience

  • Biophysical Chemistry (1998 - 2001), Diplom Level.
  • Experimental Physics for Biomedical Engineering (Winter Semester 2003-2008), M.Sc. Level.
  • Experimental Physics for Biologists (Summer Semesters, 2009), B.Sc. Level.
  • Biophysics I (Winter Semester, since 2011), M.Sc Level.


Honors, Awards, Scholarships and Other Appointments (Selection)

  • Fellowship, Frontier Researcher, RIKEN, Japan (1992 – 1994)
  • Reimund-Stadler-Preis – Habilitationspreis der Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie, GDCh (1999)
  • Colloquia Academica – Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz (1999)
  • Call to C4-professorship IPHT and Jena University (2001)
  • Scientific advisor, New Frontier Research Program, RIKEN, Japan (1999 - 2003)
  • Member of the board of trustees of the Forschungsverbund Berlin (2008 – 2017)
  • Member of the scientific advisory board, CINSAT, Kassel (Since 2011)
  • Member of the scientific advisory board, CAESAR, Bonn (2012)
  • Guest Professorship, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (Since 2012)
  • Member of the scientific advisory board, NTT Basic Research Lab., Japan (Since 2013)
  • Intern. Fellow of the Surface Science Society of Japan (2017)
  • Guest Professorship, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan (Since 2018)


Research Topics

Experimental biophysics, electrophysiology, molecular and cellular bioelectronics, neuroengineering, membrane biophysics, biosensors


Key Publications

  1. Liang, Y, et al (2019) Tuning Channel Architecture of Interdigitated Organic Electrochemical Transistors for Recording the Action Potentials of Electrogenic Cells. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29, 1902085
  2. Adly, N. et al. (2018) “Printed microelectrode arrays on soft materials: from PDMS to Hydrogels” npj Flexible Electronics
  3. Kireev, D. et al. (2017) “Graphene Multielectrode Arrays as a Versatile Tool for Extracellular Measurements” Adv. Healthcare Mat., 1601433
  4. Fu, W. et al. (2016) “Electrolyte-Gated Graphene Ambipolar Frequency Multipliers for Biochemical Sensing” Nano Lett. 16: 2295–2300
  5. Tran, D. P. et al. (2016) “Toward Intraoperative Detection of Disseminated Tumor Cells in Lymph Nodes with Silicon Nanowire Field Effect Transistors” ACS Nano 10: 2357–2364
  6. Santoro, F., et al. (2014). "Interfacing Electrogenic Cells with 3D Nanoelectrodes: Position, Shape, and Size Matter." ACS Nano 8: 6713-6723.
  7. Li, J., et al. (2014). "Sensitivity Enhancement of Si Nanowire Field Effect Transistor Biosensors Using Single Trap Phenomena." Nano Lett. 14: 3504-3509.
  8. Santoro, F., et al. (2013). "On Chip Guidance and Recording of Cardiomyocytes with 3D Mushroom-Shaped Electrodes." Nano Lett. 13: 5379-5384.
  9. Fricke, R., et al. (2011). "Axon guidance of rat cortical neurons by microcontact printed gradients." Biomaterials 32: 2070-2076.
  10. Hess, L. H., et al. (2011). "Graphene Transistor Arrays for Recording Action Potentials from Electrogenic Cells." Advanced Materials 23: 5045-5049.