The combination of various scientific domains and the resulting unconventional solutions is Dr. D. Battefeld's strength. In addition to analytical and theoretical high energy physics, Dr. Battefeld has experience in experimental and theoretical solid state physics as well as in Chemistry, Biology, Geology and Mathematics. Her diverse academic background allows Dr. D. Battefeld to bring forth interconnections in her research; she draws from her wide experience to find novel solutions to problems that are often overseen by experts in one specific research field; her unconventional approach to problems allows her to work on entirely different projects. For example, she has research experience on nanostructures such as dendrimers and carbon nanotubes, as well as the application of nano devices to biological systems and medicine. In addition, Dr. Battefeld has carried out theoretical research in Geology, specifically, on the understanding of movement of contaminants in vuggy subsurface, pumping and protection of water aquifiers.
Dr. D. Battefeld is passionate about languages and the Fine Arts. In addition to Chemistry and Physics she holds Bachelor degrees in English Literature and the fine arts. Examples of how Dr. Battefeld combines her expertise in the Humanities and the Sciences can be found in her publications, such as a recent article, and her blog Horizon Crossing.
Education and Work Experience
Dr. D. Battefeld received her Bachelors degrees in Physics, Chemistry, English Literature and Fine Arts at the University of San Francisco
(USA). She studied theoretical Chemistry and Physics at the University California, Davis
(USA), followed by a one year research internship at the University of Düsseldorf
. She received a Masters in Experimental solid state physics from Brown University
(USA), where she worked on projects funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the field of nanotechnology and biophysics.
Dr. Battefeld was awarded a prestigious Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship and moved to Helsinki, Finland, where she received her doctoral degree in theoretical Physics from the University of Helsinki in 2008. While still a Marie Curie Fellow, Dr. Battefeld carried out research at the Université Paris Diderot, Paris 7 (France) as well as at Princeton University (USA). She worked as a Research Associate at the University of Göttingen (Germany), where she is currently active and was, in the interim, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth (USA). In 2015 she founded a Scientific Consultancy with her scientific collaborator Dr. T. Battefeld.