Dr. Michael S. Elsaesser
Born in Freiburg/Germany, studied chemistry first at University of Freiburg and afterward at Technical University Munich, where he received his diplom. After a research stay at University of California at Berkeley in the group of K. Peter C. Vollhardt he continued with a dissertation in the field of physical chemistry about the „volumetric and calorimetric glass transition in amorphous ice“, under supervision of Prof. T. Lörting at University of Innsbruck, Austria. His focus changed to highly porous materials and materials chemistry, when he joined the group of Prof. N. Hüsing at University of Salzburg, Austria. Today, his research field comprises carbon spherogels, a special form of carbon aerogels with a morphology solely composed out of hollow spheres.
DI Miralem Salihovic
Born in Zenica/Bosnia, studied Engineering Science in a joint degree bachelor at University of Salzburg and Technical University of Munich. He continued with master studies in materials science at University of Salzburg and came into contact at first with the topic of reversibly compressible carbon aerogels during his master thesis. At the present time, he is working on his dissertation in materials chemistry on the synthesis and characterization of pure and hybrid carbon spherogels. Since 2020 he is supported by a DOC stipendium of the ÖAW (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften).