Alexander is a German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Fellow. His present work is focused on phase modulating liquid crystal on silicon devices and x-ray studies of liquid crystal nanodispersions. He studied chemistry with a focus on optoelectronics and photonics at the University of Paderborn (Germany). He obtained his masters degree in 2007 (hons). Subsequently, he conducted his doctoral studies at the Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics Paderborn (CeOPP) in the framework of a DFG research training group (GRK 1446). Alexander received his Dr. rer. nat. in 2010 (hons). Following his doctoral studies, he worked on a project funded by the European Science Foundation (SONS II) and as postdoctoral fellow of the research training group at CeOPP which included cooperation with Kent State University (USA) and synchrotron measurements in France and USA. Alexander was awarded the Alumni prize of the Chemistry Department in 2007 and the Young Scientist Award (Category: Talk) of the German Liquid Crystal Society in 2010. For his outstanding dissertation on experimental studies and electromagnetic field simulations of waveguides in photonic, liquid crystal filled microstructures Alexander was awarded the Glenn Brown Prize of the International Liquid Crystal Society in 2012. Alex is now in the Department of Chemistry at the Technische Universität Berlin.