US-American researcher joins the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf.
Dr. Michael Ashton, postdoctoral researcher from the United States, who joined the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) in 2018, was awarded a research scholarship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The scholarship allows him to continue his work at any German research institution of his choice for up to two years.
Ashton currently works in the department of Computational Materials Design headed by Prof. Neugebauer.
The material scientist obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Florida, USA, where he developed computational methods for the discovery and characterization of two-dimensional materials. He is now working to extend these concepts and methods to surfaces in extreme electric fields.
Scientists from over 35 nations are working at the MPIE to develop materials applicable in the fields of mobility, energy, infrastructure, medicine and safety. Some of these scientists are funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation that supports excellent researchers from outside Germany with scholarships to continue their work in a German research institution of their choice. The scholarship counts as an award for the scientist as well as for the host institution.