Andreas Fiedler honored among newest cohort of Presidential Postdoctoral Scholars

Posted: March 16, 2020

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A postdoctoral researcher in the Electron Device Laboratory is among the most recent cohort of young researchers welcomed into The Ohio State University’s President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program.

Andreas Fiedler, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), was honored in February by President Michael V. Drake, who helped launch the program.

The program supports young, highly qualified researchers at Ohio State who aim to be leaders in their fields. The program provides professional development opportunities and faculty mentoring, while the Office of the President and sponsor college provide salary, benefits and program support.

Fiedler's faculty mentor is ECE professor Siddharth Rajan, principal investigator in the Electron Device Laboratory.

“Andreas is a talented and energetic researcher, and I’m so happy he was recognized with the President’s Postdoctoral Scholarship,” Rajan said. “Andreas did his doctoral research in one of the world’s leading groups in the area of semiconductor synthesis, and he brings superb expertise in the growth and properties of semiconductor materials. Andreas is already busy with some really exciting research projects, and is collaborating with several researchers and faculty across Ohio State, including Roberto Myers, Hongping Zhao and Steven Ringel.”

Fiedler focuses on the characterization of the formation and the influence of defects on the properties of beta-gallium oxide, or ß-Ga2O3, a promising material for power electronics.

“I feel very honored and very glad that I was selected as one of the PPSP cohorts,” he said. “This program includes scientific work with many experts from whom I can learn a lot and also offers many opportunities for personal development through workshops. In addition, there is the unique opportunity to build an interdisciplinary network with the other cohorts. This will hopefully help me to develop further and pave my way in science helping me to create knowledge in the future as a professor or group leader."

Fiedler studied physics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, focusing on X-ray characterization of condensed matter while earning his bachelor’s degree and, in 2013, focused on electrical characterization of thin films while earning his master’s degree.

In March 2015, Fiedler started working on his doctoral degree at the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth). During this time, he contributed to nine articles, gave eight contributed talks, and participated in two poster presentations at international conferences. He ultimately received his doctor rerum naturaliumin in experimental physics from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin  in 2019.

Learn more about the President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program here.

Story by Mike Huson, IMR Public Relations and Frontier Center Communications

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