Over the last 10 years, I have worked with different aspects of the durability of infrastructures. This concerns particularly reinforced/pre-stressed concrete and corrosion of the embedded steel, but I am also interested in corrosion of other infrastructures such as soil buried pipelines. My overall mission is to promote safe operation and durability of infrastructures, thus achieving sustainability and cost benefit for the society. I am fascinated by the multidisciplinary nature of this field – covering aspects from materials science, chemistry, electrochemistry, corrosion science, and civil engineering – as well as by the enormous societal relevance of infrastructure corrosion and the many questions that are still open in this field.
I obtained my degrees in civil engineering from ETH Zurich in Switzerland (MSc) and from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, in Trondheim, Norway (PhD, 2011). Since then, I held a part-time position as Postdoc at the Institute for Building Materials at ETH Zurich, where I conducted independent scientific research, was involved in teaching and supervising, and actively participated in national and international committees. Additionally, I held a part-time position as a corrosion consultant at the Swiss Society for Corrosion Protection, which is the leading agency in the field of corrosion in Switzerland. This gave me many opportunities to see the relevant problems in engineering practice and to identify specific scientific questions that need to be addressed.
In 2016, I received a prestigious professorship grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation. This allows me to establish my own research group on Durability of Engineering Materials at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.