Hello, I'm Nils.

I'm a researcher, who's active at the interface between physical chemistry, materials science, and engineering. Most recently, I've added biology to my field activities because I've started working with Niels Hansen on the thermophoretic behavior of active pharmaceutical ingredients. My technical expertise lies in combining theory, computation, data science, and visualization to help improve our understanding of physicochemical processes on the nanoscale (e.g., molecule diffusion and ion intercalation in host materials) and to help improve predictions of scientifically and/or technologically important, but challenging, properties (e.g., solute precipitate nucleation rates and Soret coefficients). I have more than 13 years of active research experience, where I have worked with many diverse research groups in various countries. I am actively supporting key scientific principles such as open access (OA) publishing by writing blogs and by advocating for these principles among my fellow researchers. Furthermore, I am engaged in mechanisms to foster diversity and inclusion in academia. For example, I served as bargaining team member and campus chair in the postdoc union at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and, thus, helped negotiate legally binding parental leave terms for all postdocs at all 10 University of California campuses plus LBL.

Academic trajectory


University of Stuttgart
Institute of Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Engineering
Pfaffenwaldring 9
70569 Stuttgart
E-mail: nils.e.r.zimmermann@gmail.com


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Brief CV

Since 01/2021 Research Employee
Institute of Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Engineering
University of Stuttgart
Mentor: Prof. Niels Hansen
Collaborator: Prof. Joachim Groß
09/2018 - 12/2020 Parental leave
02/2015 - 09/2018 Postdoctoral Fellow
Computational Research Division (until 02/2017)
Energy Technology Area
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), Berkeley, U. S. A.
Mentors: Dr. Maciej Haranczyk, Dr. Anubhav Jain.
Collaborators: Prof. Kristin A. Persson, Prof. Gerbrand Ceder, Prof. Mark Asta
05/2017 - 07/2017 Parental leave
04/2013 - 02/2015 Postdoctoral Scholar
Chemical Engineering Department
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Santa Barbara, U. S. A
Advisor: Prof. Baron Peters
Collaborators: Prof. David Quigley, Dr. Bart Vorselaars
08/2013 Doctoral examination (Dr.-Ing.)
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany
11/2007 - 03/2013 Research Associate (PhD student)
Institute for Chemical Reaction Technology
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany
Advisors: Prof. Frerich J. Keil, Prof. Berend Smit (University of California, Berkeley (UCB))
09/2006 - 09/2007 Marie Curie Host Fellowship for Early Stage Research Training
Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire
Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Lyon, Lyon, France
Advisor: Prof. Berend Smit
10/2005 - 05/2006 Research project
University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Advisor: Prof. Berend Smit
01/2005 - 07/2005 Industry internship
Hammarby Sjöstad Project
Stockholm Vatten AB, Stockholm, Sweden
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Hellström
08/2004 - 12/2004 ERASMUS exchange studies
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden
06/2004 - 07/2004 Research project
Institute for Process Systems Engineering
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany
Advisor: Prof. Jobst Hapke
08/2003 - 06/2006 Master studies
Process Engineering (with focus on Chemical Engineering)
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany
01/2003 - 03/2003 Research project
Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany
Advisor: Prof. Lutz Friedel
10/1999 - 07/2003 Bachelor studies
General Engineering Science (GES)
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany