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Curriculum

Educational degrees

April 30, 2008

Ph.D. (Laser induced structure modifications in plasma polymer films with embedded metal nanoparticles), Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Halle, Germany 

June 25, 2004

Diplom-Ingenieur (eq. MSc. in Engineering), Department of Engineering Science of the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Employments

Nov 2020 -

Associate Professor at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark in the Research Group for Analytical Food Chemistry

Jan 2013 – Oct 2020

Senior researcher at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark in the Research Group for Nano-Bio Science

Dec 2008 - Dec 2012

Postdoc at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark in the group Metals, Minerals & Nano 

Oct 2007 - Nov 2008

Researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Halle/Saale, Germany

Research areas

My expertise is the detection and characterization of nanosized particles in food, food contact materials and biological matrices. This analytical knowledge is, e.g., essential in the context of food labelling, risk assessment and the development of novel foods. Further, I am experienced in the analysis of toxic and essential trace elements in food and other matrices.

Research interests

Analytical chemistry, food chemistry, material science, food, food contact materials, metals, minerals, nanoparticles, nanoplastics, ICP-MS, single particle ICP-MS, field flow fractionation, multi angle and dynamic light scattering, electron microscopy

Research and teaching information

  • Responsible for Food Chemistry course (5 ECTS) for Master students (since 2019)
  • Teachers training courses: Education in University Teaching at DTU - UDTU (2019-2020, 250 hours in total), Supervision of larger projects at DTU (7 November 2019), The PhD Supervision Process: Methods and Tools - Workshop I (8 October 2019) and Workshop II (5 November 2019)

Other information

Participation and leadership in European project

EU FP7 projects NanoLyse, Nanosolutions and NanoDefine (work package leader) and EU H2020 project PATROLS

Membership in international scientific networks and panels

CEN/TC 352 WG 4, European Commission´s Joint Research Center “Nano in Food Group”, European Food Safety Authority´s (EFSA) Scientific Network on Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed, European Commission´s H2020 Reference Material Review Panel, EFSA Working Group - WG - FAF Panel - Specifications of Food Additives

Leaves of absence

Feb 2012 - Dec 2012: Maternity leave, Sept 2014 - May 2015: Maternity leave, May 2020 - April 2021: Maternity leave

Languages

German (native proficiency)
English (professional working proficiency)
Danish (limited working proficiency)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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