All lab-members work in offices 5.04, 5.09, 5.10, or 5.11.


Executive assistant

Mrs. Amancaya Formica

Tel: +41 61 207 3938
Since: Sep 2018

Research associate

Dr. Dirk Bakowies

Tel: +41 61 207 5713

Since: Sep 2016
Privat Dozent at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, 2008-2016
Oberassistent at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, 2004-2008
Postdoc with W. van Gunsteren, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, 1998-2004
Postdoc with P. A. Kollmann, UCSF, CA, USA, 1995-1998
PhD Chemistry with W. Thiel, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 1989-1994
Diploma Chemistry, University of Wuppertal, Germany, 1989


Postdoctoral research associates

Dr. Diana Tahchieva
Since: Jan 2015 
MSc Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2013
BSc Computational Chemistry, University of Plovdiv, 2011
Dr. Felix Faber
Since: Nov 2014
PhD w us: Nov 2014 – Aug 2019 MSc Physics, Linkoping University, 2014
Dr. Nicholas Browning
Since: June 2019
PhD Comp. Chemistry with U. Roethlisberger, EPFL, Lausanne, CH, 2014-2019 
MSc Chemistry, Imperial College London, UK, 2009 – 2013

Dr. Jimmy Kromann
Since: Jul 2018
PhD Chemistry with J. H. Jensen, University of Copenhagen, DK, 2015 – 2018
M.Sc Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, DK, 2012-2014
B.Sc Nanoscience, University of Copenhagen, DK, 2008-2012
Dr. Max Schwilk
Since: Mar 2018
PhD Chemistry with H.-J. Werner, University of Stuttgart, D, 2012-2017 Diploma Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, D, 2012 Diplome d’Ingenieur, Chemistry, ECPM, F, 2011



Dr. Pál D. Mezei
Since: Feb 2018
Postdoc, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2016-2018) 
PhD (2016), M.Sc (2013), B.Sc (2011) Chemical Engineer, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Dr. Guido von Rudorff
Since: Oct 2017
PhD Physics with J. Blumberger, UCL London, UK, 2014-2017
MSc Physics, FU Berlin, D, 2014
BSc Physics, FU Berlin, D, 2012
Dr. Anders S. Christensen
Since: Oct 2016
Postdoc with Q. Cui, University of Madison Wisconsin, USA, 2014-2016 PhD theoretical chemistry with J. H. Jensen, University of Copenhagen, DK, 2010-2014 MSc Nanoscience, University of Copenhagen, DK, 2008-2010 BSc Nanotechnology, University of Copenhagen, DK, 2005-2008


Dr. Bing Huang
Since: Sep 2015
PhD Chemistry with L. Zhuang, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, 2009-2015
BSc Chemistry, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, 2005-2009


PhD students



Puck van Gerwen
Since: September 2019
MSc Theory and Simulation of Materials, Imperial College London, 2019
BSc Chemistry with Materials Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, 2017

Qinglong Liu
Since: September 2019
MSc Applied Mathematics and Informatics, MIEM, Moscow, 2019
BSc Chemistry, Inner Mongolia University, Huhhot, 2011
Jan Weinreich 
Since: August 2019
MSc Physics, Universität Göttingen, 2019
BSc Physics, Universität Göttingen, 2013
Michael Sahre
Since: May 2019
MSc Chemistry, Humboldt University, 2019
BSc Chemistry, Humboldt University, 2016
Giorgio Domenichini
Since: April 2019
MSc Physical Chemistry, University of Pisa, I, 2019
BSc Chemistry, University of Pisa
Mr. Morris Trestman
Since: Sep 2018
MChem, University of Edinburgh, UK, 2018
Mr. Bernard Mazouin
Since: Sep 2018
MSc Chemistry, University of Basel, CH, 2018
BSc Computational Sciences, University of Basel, CH, 2017
Marco Bragato
Since: Feb 2018
MSc Chemistry, University of Milano, 2017
BSc Chemistry, University of Milano, I, 2015
Mr. Stefan N. Heinen
Since: Oct 2016
MSc Chemistry, ETHZ, 2016
BSc Chemistry, ETHZ, 2014


Former Post-docs

Dr. Samuel (Kuang-Yu) Chang

Starting date: Aug 2017
PhD w us: Aug 2013 – Jul 2017
MSc Materials Physics and Nanotechnology, Linkoping University, 2010
BSc Science, Mathematics and Physics, National Tsing Hua University, 2008


Dr. Mehdi Sedighi

Postdoc w us, Nov 2016 – Oct 2017
PhD Physics with G. Palasantzas, University of Groningen, NL, 2012-2016
MSs mechanical engineering, 2011
BSc mechanical engineering, 2009


Dr. Rafael Sarmiento Perez

Member of staff at Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, Lugano, Switzerland
Postdoc w us, Oct 2015 – Sep 2017
PhD Physics with M. A. Lopes Marques and S. Botti, University of Lyon, France, 2012-2015
Diploma Physics, University of Havanna, Cuba, 2004-2009


Dr. Marco Di Gennaro

Toyota Research, Belgium
Postdoc w us, Aug 2016 – May 2018
PhD Physics with M. J. Verstraete, University of Liege, Belgium, 2011-2015
MSc Physics, University of Bari, Italy, 2008-2010
BSc Physics, University of Bari, Italy, 2008-2010


Dr. Alisa Solovyeva

Postdoc w us, Sep 2014 – Dec 2016
PhD w. J. Neugebauer, University of Munster, 2010-2014
Diploma Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, 2010


Dr. Raghunathan Ramakrishnan

Reader at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences), Hyderabad, India
Postdoc w us, University of Basel, 2013-2015
Postdoc w M. Nest, TU Munich, 2011-2013
PhD w. N. Roesch, TU Munich, 2007-2011
MSc Chemistry, IIT Madras, 2006
BSc Science (Chemistry), Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, 2002


Dr. Zhenwei Li

Postdoc w us, University of Basel, 2015
PhD w. A. De Vita, King’s College London, 2010-2014
MSc Condensed Matter Physics, Jilin University, 2010
BSc Applied Physics, Jilin university, 2007


Dr. Matthias Rupp

Group leader at Fritz-Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany
Postdoc w us, University of Basel, 2013-2015
Postdoc w G. Schneider, ETHZ, 2011-2013
Postdoc at IPAM, UCLA, 2011
Postdoc w K.-R. Muller, TU Berlin, 2010-2011
Postdoc w I. Tetko, Helmholtz Research Center Munich, 2010-2011
PhD w G. Schneider, University of Frankfurt, 2006-2009
Diploma Informatics, University of Frankfurt, 2004

Former PhD students


Mr. Jakub Wagner

PhD student w us: Oct 2018 – Jun 2019
MSc, Condensed Matter Physics, Masaryk University, Brno, CZ 2018
BSc Physics, Masaryk University, Brno, CZ 2016


Mrs. Nadine Symonds

PhD student w us, Oct 2017 – Feb 2019
MSc Chemistry, Cardiff University, 2016


Mr. Pablo Alvarez Zapatero

PhD student w us, Oct 2018 – Jan 2019
MSc, Geophysics, University of Madrid, 2017
BSc, Physics, University of Valladolid, 2016


Mrs. Anne-Sophie Alingue

PhD student w us, Sep 2016 – Sep 2017
MSc Chemoinformatics, University of Strasbourg, 2016
BSc Physical Chemistry, University of Strasbourg, 2014

Former Master students

Mrs. Lea Straumann

Undergraduate project w us, University of Basel, May 2015
Chemistry studies (University of Basel)

Past and present Visitors