R&D Projects at Surflay

Scientist, Business Developer

I worked for more than 4 years at Surflay Nanotec GmbH – a nanotech startup providing technologies for functional surfaces, nano-scale coatings and micro-sensors. I took part in several research and product development projects for our partners ranging from universities to global corporations. Along with the experimental research with my small team, I managed the communication with the project stakeholders. In the last two years I focused more on business development and marketing.


Marie Curie fellow, polymer scientist, AFM operator

SOCON (self-organisation under confinement) was an EU funded research project (2005-2008). It contributed to a better understanding and predicting the nanoscale organisation of polymers and particles in bulk, at a single interface and between two interfaces. I was in the group of Prof. Regine von Klitzing and we specifically studied the structure of linear and branched polyelectrolytes in nanoscale spaces and in bulk


Subproject manager, researcher, thin-film coater 

LbLBRANE was an EU funded research & development project (2012-2015). We applied novel nanotechnology tools, namely the layer-by-layer (LbL) technology and developed a versatile procedure for the fast fabrication of low-cost, stable, chemical-resistant composite membranes. I led the sub-projects 1- Micro-characterization of the modified membranes and 2- On-demand removal of the coating on the membrane

Atomic force microscopy for viscosity measurements

AFM operator, programmer, team leader

During my PhD and postdoc at the TU Berlin, I initiated a side project with a small team with the intention of using AFM microcantilevers as reliable viscosity sensors. Preliminary results were published in my PhD thesis.

Mechanical properties of thin polymer films

Researcher, programmer, project leader

At the TU Berlin, we developed methods to determine the thickness and mechanical properties of micron thick biocompatible polymer coatings and individual microgel particles. We introduced a simple AFM based method for determining the thickness of a micron thick gel film.


Visiting researcher

The EU funded research project VIROMA (2013-2017) intends to develop fast and sensitive microdevices for analysis of various analytes in biological samples. I had a chance to work in Uni Leipzig and CIC biomaGUNE for two months each on secondment.