Prof. Dr. Alexei Erko
Professor Erko received his PhD degree in experimental physics at the Moscow Physical Engineering Institute in 1981 and his habilitation in physics (Doctor of Science) in 1991. He became Professor of Experimental Physics in 1993.
From 1978 to 1994, he was employed at the Institute of Solid State Physics and the Institute of Microelectronics Technology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Chernogolovka, Moscow district, initially as Senior Scientist and then later as Head of the “X-ray Optics and Technology Laboratory”.
In 1994, he came to Berlin to do research at the storage ring BESSY II, where he worked for the BESSY GmbH Berlin as Senior Scientist from 1994 to 2009, and then from 2009 to 2010 as Senior Scientist for the Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials und Energy GmbH (HZB).
In 2010, he became Head of the Institute for Nanometre Optics and Technology.
His research interests focus especially on x-ray optics, x-ray holography and synchrotron radiation beamline design. He is co-author of two monographs and co-editor of two books on x-ray optics and x-ray microscopy.
Professor Erko successfully organized the lecture series for master students on the topic “Modern X-ray and Neutron Methods for Science and Technology” at the Free University Berlin since winter semester 2009/2010.
In 2011, he was appointed Honorary Professor for Experimental Physics by the president of the Freie Universität Berlin.
After his Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy GmbH (HZB) career he joined the IAP as its Scientific Director in March 2018.
Also in 2018 the Association of Friends of HZB awarded him with the European Innovation-Award on Synchrotron Radiation.