Philipp’s research into flexible and stretchable electronics contributes to the development of next generation wearable devices.
Postgraduate Researcher, Rogers Research Group, Northwestern University
Stretchable metal oxide devices
PhD (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
My PhD opened the way for my current role as a Post Doctorate researcher at Rogers Research Group at Northwestern University.
I started my undergraduate studies in Germany and completed my bachelor’s thesis at RMIT in Melbourne.
My time in Melbourne was the first contact I had with the research world and I immediately found the possibilities to contribute to advanced science very compelling.
I was fortunate to receive an International Postgraduate Scholarship which allowed me to continue my studies and research at RMIT.
There are fundamental advances being made in this area of electronics and I could see where my research could directly translate into mainstream devices to benefit the general public.
For my PhD I studied stretchable metal oxide devices, the material that you can find in sunscreen. I discovered that you can shape this brittle material with a micro structure that we called micro-tectonics to make it stretch and bend. I demonstrated that you can use these materials to detect UV, gas and guide light in a very efficient way which is a precursor for next generation wearable devices.
My PhD opened the way for my current role as a Post Doctorate researcher at Rogers Research Group at Northwestern University in Illinois, the USA. Here I am researching devices that enables advanced diagnostic capability such as battery free pulse oximeters and wireless tools for neuroscience.
I found the research environment at RMIT to be very supportive and communal. It was a good place to do science! Quick progress was possible due to the high accessibility of specialised equipment through the MNRF and the microscopy facility.