Oliver Steinbock

Dr. Steinbock grew up in Hameln, Germany and studied at the Georg August University in Göttingen. He then moved to the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund to work towards his MS and later PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Stefan C. Müller. During these years, he formed a deep love for the study of selforganization and complexity in natural and synthetic systems. Basic questions include how macroscopic order, hierarchical architectures, and complex temporal behavior can arise from simple processes such as autocatalytic reactions, diffusion, and fluid flow. His research experience spans from biophysical work on chemotaxis and morphogenesis to modern materials science. An underlying theme is how biological complexity can be reproduced and utilized in non-living systems. Most of his work is based on experiments but his group also uses computational methods.

Dr. Steinbock is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of the Bessel Research Award. His work has been funded by National Science Foundation (Chemistry and Materials Research), the Petroleum Research Fund, and other national and international agencies. He joined the FSU faculty in 1998. Dr. Steinbock also (co-)organized several symposia and conferences including a Gordon Research Conference in Italy and an international workshop at the Lorentz Center in Leiden. He has co-authored approximately 100 peer-reviewed papers. Recent collaborators include scientists in the UK, Germany, and France.

Curriculum Vitae
Education
Cand.-Phys. Georg August University of Göttingen (Germany) 1988
Dipl.-Phys. Georg August University of Göttingen (Germany) 1991
Dr. rer. nat. Georg August University of Göttingen and Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology (Germany) 1993
Employment
Research Assistant Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Dortmund (Germany) 1989-1993
Postdoc West Virginia University, Department of Chemistry 1993-1994
Visiting Assistant Professor West Virginia University, Department of Chemistry 1994-1995
Visiting Assistant Professor Florida State University, Department of Chemistry 1995-1996
Research Scientist Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg (Germany) 1996-1998
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Florida State University 1998-2003
Associate Professor of Chemistry Florida State University 2004-2007
Professor of Chemistry Florida State University 2008-
Cottrell Professor Florida State University 2012-
Honors and Awards
Dr. rer. nat. summa cum laude (thesis) / magna cum laude (defense) 1993
PhD-Scholar The German National Merit Foundation ("Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes") 1992-1993
Award "Verein zur Foerderung der biomedizinischen Wissenschaften" (Biomedical Society) 1993
Liebig-Fellow The Foundation of the German Chemical Industry (FCI) 1994-1996
First Year Assistant Professor Award The Florida State University 1999
Achievement Award for New Scholars Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) 2000
University Teaching Award The Florida State University 2002/03
Developing Scholar Award The Florida State University 2006
AAAS Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science 2010
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 2012
Service and Synergistic Activities (Partial Listing)
FSU Organizer NASA Undergraduate Project – Microgravity Experiments (Onboard KC-135A) 2000
Editorial Board International Journal of Unconventional Computing (Old City Publ.) 2005–
Co-Organizer 79th Meeting of the Florida Sections of the ACS (Orlando) 2005
Panelist NSF IGERT Program (review of final proposals (Arlington, VA)) 2005
Co-Organizer Symposium at the Pacifichem (Honolulu, HI) 2006
Guest Editor Focus Issue of the AIP journal Chaos on “Selforganization in Nonequilibrium Chemical Systems" 2006
Vice-Chair Gordon Research Conferences on "Oscillations & Dyn. Instabilities" 2006
Guest Editor Focus Issue of the Elsevier journal Physica D on “Emerging Phenomena in Spatially Distributed Systems” 2010
Co-Organizer "Inorganic Nanowires" Symposium at the Pacifichem (Honolulu, HI) 2010
Organizer & Chair Gordon Research Conferences on "Oscillations & Dyn. Instabilities" 2010
Elected Member Scientific Council of the Center for Studies of Complex Chemical Systems (Berlin, Germany) 2010-
Co-Organizer Workshop at the Lorentz Center (Leiden, The Netherlands) 2012
Co-Organizer Symposium at the Pacifichem (Honolulu, HI) 2015