Daniel was born in Germany and obtained his degree in chemistry from
the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. During his diploma studies under the
guidance of Patrick Theato he worked on the development of photo-switchable
block coplymers by controlled radical polymerization methods. He received his
PhD in the end of 2011 at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz,
Germany in the group of Katharina Landfester, focussing on the development of
photo-responsive microgels and polymeric nanoparticles for loading and light-
triggered release applications. Daniel joined the group of Craig J. Hawker in early 2012 and his main research interest is in the area of functional nanomaterials from the controlled assembly of polymeric building blocks. Current projects include surfactant-directed block copolymer self-assembly in nanoparticles, development of functional polymers, composite materials and coatings for applications such as drug delivery, photonics, thermal conductivity, and organic photovoltaics.