AMO congratulates Prof. Neumaier

AMO congratulates Daniel Neumaier for his appointment as Full Professors at the University of Wuppertal, where he now holds the Chair of Smart Sensor Systems. “We are all very happy for Daniel for this big achievement”, says AMO’s Director Prof. Max Lemme, “even if this is, of course, a big loss for AMO. It was not really unexpected, though, since he is a very prominent scientist with high international visibility, in particular in the graphene community.”

Photo: University of Wuppertal

Neumaier joined AMO in 2009 as head of the graphene research-division, focusing on the exploitation of graphene and other two-dimensional materials for applications in microelectronics and photonics. Milestone results have been the demonstration of a silicon-integrated photodetector with ultra-high speed (2014) and of the most sensitive Hall-effect sensor (2015), and contributions to the wafer-scale fabrication of graphene-based devices (2019). Since 2013, Neumaier is also the leader of the work package on Electronic Devices of the Graphene Flagship.

“I arrived at AMO fresh of PhD”, says Neumaier. “Here I had an exceptional opportunity of growing scientifically and of doing exciting research in an environment that is both stimulating and friendly. My last day as full-time AMO-employee was on February 14 but, luckily, that’s not the end of the story.” Indeed, Neumaier and Lemme have found an agreement with the University of Wuppertal so that Neumaier can continue to support AMO as Scientific Advisor. Neumaier, who has been one of the founding members of the Aachen Graphene & 2D Materials Center, will also become now an Associated Member of the Center.

“We are extremely happy to maintain close ties with Daniel”, says Lemme. “Finding an agreement was also very easy, as there was never any doubt on anyone’s side that this is a win-win situation. This will allow us not only to work seamlessly on joint projects, but also to keep developing a coherent common strategy for increasing the attractiveness of North Rhine-Westphalia as a location for nanotechnology and research on innovative materials”.