Ursula Wurstbauer has a degree in Physics from the University of Regensburg in 2006, where she also received her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Werner Wegscheider in 2008. After a stay at the IAP at Hamburg University in the group of Prof. Wolfgang Hansen, she moved to Columbia University in the City of New York in 2010 and joined Prof. Aron Pinczuk group at the Physics Department and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. Since 2013, she holds a position as a scientist at the Walter Schottky Institute at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen in the group of Prof. Alexander Holleitner and is PI of the DFG cluster of excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM).
Her current research focuses on elementary excitations and optoelectronic properties of van der Waals layered nanostructures as transition metal dichalcogenides and their heterostructures as well as many-body phenomena of trapped indirect excitons and fractional quantum Hall systems. Moreover, Dr. Wurstbauer‘s research group experimentally explores the fascinating properties of modern solid-state nanosystems with a current focus on 2D systems and van der Waals hetero and hybridstructures. The aim is to gain fundamental understanding of such systems, their electronic and optical properties, underlying low-energy excitations, and collective as well as on interaction driven phenomena. The goal is to learn in a subsequent step to control and tailor their properties on purpose with the vision to achieve novel functionalities and at the same time to look for potential applications in an interdisciplinary context. Therefore, the nanosystems are integrated in proof-of-concept and prototypical devices to explore their potential for opto-/electronic, solar energy harvesting and catalytic applications, and to serve as test-bed structures towards quantum technologies.
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