Karin Eufinger received her M.A. degree in chemistry from the University of Hannover, Germany, in 1993, her second M.A. degree in materials science from the University of Cincinnati, USA, in 1997, and her Ph.D. degree in physics from Ghent University in 2007. From 1993 to 1997, she served as a Research Assistant at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, working on the preparation and analysis of ferroelectric ceramics based on BaTiO3. In 1995, she received a scholarship to study the combustion synthesis method for preparing BaTiO3 ceramics at the Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, USA. In 1997, she joined the Department of Solid State Sciences at Ghent University, Belgium, where she studied the process of thin-film deposition by d.c. and r.f. magnetron sputtering, which included also the characterization of the thin films. In 2008, She studied the effect of microstructure and doping on the photocatalytic behavior of sputter deposited TiO2 thin films. In 2008, she joined the textile coating and finishing research group at Centexbel, Gent, Belgium, where she worked as a Research Scientist on the functionalization of textile materials, mainly in the area of nanoadditives and conductive coatings. She has become a Convenor of the CEN working group on Smart Textiles (CEN/TC 248 WG31). After spending one year working as an R&D Manager at Devan Chemicals, Ronse, Belgium, she rejoined the textile coating and finishing research group at Centexbel as a Research Scientist in 2011. She currently works on the use of innovative coating methods (e.g., UV curing), innovative coating materials, and the use of textiles for composite materials. Given her continuing interest in photocatalysis, she is still active in peer reviewing research papers on this topic.
Biography Updated on 3 July 2011