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Curriculum Vitae

 Professional Services


1982-85 University of Bonn: Chemistry, Philosophy, History of Art
1985 Pre-Diplome, Chemistry, University of Bonn
1986-90 University of Karlsruhe: Chemistry, Philosophy, Sociology
1990 Diplome (~M.S.), Chemistry, University of Karlsruhe
1991 M.A., Philosophy and Sociology, University of Karlsruhe
1994 Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Karlsruhe
2002 Habilitation, Philosophy, University of Karlsruhe


1985-86 Laboratory Research Assistant, Department of Sedimentary Petrography, Senckenberg Institute of Marine Geology and Biology, Wilhelmshaven
1990-91 Instructor, Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, University of Karlsruhe 
1991-95 Lecturer of Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry, School of Engineering, co-operative University of Karlsruhe
1993-2002 Lecturer and Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Karlsruhe
2002- Privatdozent, University of Karlsruhe, Department of Philosophy, Germany
2003-2004 Visiting Professor, University of South Carolina, Department of Philosophy, Columbia, SC, USA
2004-2008 Heisenberg Fellow, Technical University of Darmstadt, Department of Philosophy, Germany
2004-2007 Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina, Department of Philosophy, Columbia, SC, USA
Dec 2006-
Mar 2007
Visiting Fellow, Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
May 2007 Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Dec 2009-
Mar 2010
Visiting Professor in Colombia: Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga; Universidad de los Andes, Bogota; & Universidad de Pamplona, Pamplona, Colombia
Oct 2010-
Mar 2011
Visiting Professor, History of Science, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Apr 2011-
Sep 2011
Visiting Professor, Philosophy of Science, University of Hannover, Germany
Oct 2011 Visiting Professor, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
Dec 2011 Visiting Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jan 2012- Independent Scholar, lives and works in La Palma, Spain, and Berlin, Germany.

Professional Service

Editorships and Editorial Boards

1995-2022 Editor-in-chief of HYLE: International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry
2022 Member of the Editorial Board of Journal for General Philosophy of Science
1999-2003 Member of the Editorial Board of Noesis: Philosophical Research Online
2001-2022 Member of the Editorial Board of Foundations of Chemistry
2001-2016 Member of the Editorial Board of Ambix
2002-2022 Book Series Editor, HYLE Studies in History and Philosophy of Chemistry
2007-2013 Member of the Editorial Board of Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology
2008-2011 Associate Editor of the International Journal of Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation

Boards and Committees


UNESCO Expert Group "Nanotechnology and Ethics"

2005-07 International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), Advisory Board
2005-07 ASTM International, Subcommittees on Nanotechnology and Nanotechnology Nomenclature and Terminology (E56 & E56.01)
2005-08 Deutsches Museum, Center for New Technologies, Exihition “Nano-Labor”, Scientific Advisory Board
2007- “Global Issues in Context” (educational information database), Thompson/Gale, Advisory Board
2007- “Science Resource Center” (educational information database), Thompson/Gale, Advisory Board


Journals Ambix
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Annals of Science
Annals of the New York Academy of Science
Biological Theory
British Journal for Philosophy of Science
Bulgarian Journal of Chemical Education
Chemical Educator
Foundations of Chemistry
Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Journal of Science Communication
Journal of Chemists and Chemical Engineers
Leonardo: Journal for Art and Science
Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy: A European Journal
Nature - Nanotechnology
Perspectives on Science
Public Understanding of Science
Philosophy of Science: Journal of the Philosophy of Science Association
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology
Publishers Blackwell Publisher
World Scientific Publishing
Funding Agencies & Societies Canadian Philosophical Association
Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology
Research Council of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
US National Science Foundation, Science and Society Program
US National Science Foundation, Science Technology Studies Program

Conference Organization

1994 Organizer of the Conference "Philosophy of Chemistry", German Working Group Philosophy and Chemistry, Karlsruhe, 16-17 April.
1996 Co-organizer of the annual Conference of the German-Hungarian Society for Philosophy, Fellbach, October 1996.
1997 Local Co-organizer of the Conference "Advances in the Philosophy of Technology", Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences, Karlsruhe, 19-24 May.
2003 Co-organizer "Discovering the Nanoscale", University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 20-23 March
2004 Co-organizer "Imaging and Imagining NanoScience and Engineering", University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 3-7 March
Member of the Program Committee, IUHPS/DHS Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry, "The Public Image of Chemistry", Paris, France, 17-18 September.
2005 Member of the Program Committee "Imaging NanoSpace", ZIF University of Bielefeld, Germany, 11-14 May.
2009 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands, 7-10 July 2009 (Member of the Program Committee and Co-Chair of the Section “Philosophy and ethics of biomedical and nanotechnology”)
2011 14th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (LMPS), Nancy, France, 19-26 July 2011 (Member of the General Board and the Program Committee of the Section “Philosophy of Chemistry”)
Global Conference on Ethics in Science and Technology, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, 20-22 October 2011 (Member of the International Advisory Board)
2013 13th International Summer Symposium on the Philosophy of Chemistry, Universidad de la República, Uruguay, 31 July - 3 August 2013 (Member of the Academic Committee)
2015 "Chemistry and Society", Deutsches Museum, 15-17 April 2015, Munich, Germany (Co-organizer)


1991-94 State of Baden-Württemberg, Ph.D. research grant
1995 Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Printing grant for dissertation
1998, 2002, 2005, 2007 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Travel grants USA
1999 Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Printing grant
2000 Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, Printing grant
2001-02 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Habilitation research grant
2003-2008 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Heisenberg Fellowship to prepare for professorship
2003-04 National Science Foundation, USA: Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Research Team (NIRT) “Societal and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology”, University of South Carolina; Director of research and infrastructure and co-researcher
2004-05 National Science Foundation, USA: Award #0135585 for International Collaborations on Engineering Ethics: “Developing a Curriculum on Nanoethics” (with Rosalyn Berne, University of Virginia)
2006-09 European Commission Research Grant: DEEPEN (“Deepening Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies”); co-researcher in research partnership of the Universities of Durham (UK), Darmstadt (GE), Twente (NL) and Coimbra (P)
2010 Colciencias (Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de Colombia), Travel grant Colombia
2011 DAAD, Germany, Travel grant Philippines.
2015 DAAD, Germany, travel grant for a conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, as invited speaker, delayed to the point of being useless.

Last update: 22.04.2022