From 1993 to 2000 Ulrich Rant studied physics at Technical University of Graz in Austria. In 2005 he received his Ph.D. degree in physics from Technische Unversität München (dissertation at the Walter Schottky Institute: “Electrical Manipulation of DNA Layers on Gold Surfaces”. Thesis advisor: Prof. G. Abstreiter). For his efforts he won the Ph.D. thesis award for physics from TUM.
He remained at TUM and became a Post-Doc at the Walter Schottky Institute. In 2005 he started to act as Project Coordinator of the collaboration project “Biosensor” between Fujitsu Laboratories and TUM. Therefore, from September to November 2006 he worked as a visiting researcher at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. at the Nanotechnology Research Center in Atsugi, Japan. Today Ulrich Rant is the founder and CEO of Dynamic Biosensors GmbH.
- 2011-2013, Start-up funding from BMBF within the program GO-Bio
- 2005, Young Researcher Award in Nanotechnology, Government of Styria, Austria
- 2004-2005, Association “Friends of TUM”, Germany
- 2004, Graduate Student Silver Award, Materials Research Society, San Francisco
- 2004, Prize of the Dimitri N. Chorafas Foundation for research conducted during PhD studies, Switzerland
Rant’s research interests include Functional DNA Systems on Surfaces, Biosensors, Plasmonic Properties of Metalized DNA, and Solid‐state Nanopores.
- Controlling the surface density of DNA on gold by electrically induced desorption. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 23 (3), 2007, 326-331.
- Switchable DNA interfaces for the highly sensitive detection of label-free DNA targets. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104 (44), 2007, 17364-17369.
- Dynamics of end grafted DNA molecules and possible biosensor applications. phys. stat. sol. (a) 203 (14), 2006, 3476-3491.
- Dissimilar Kinetic Behavior of Electrically Manipulated Single- and Double-Stranded DNA Tethered to a Gold Surface. Biophysical Journal 90 (10), 2006, 3666-3671.
- Electrical manipulation of oligonucleotides grafted to charged surfaces. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 4 (18), 2006, 3448.
- Dynamic Electrical Switching of DNA Layers on a Metal Surface. Nano Letters 4 (12), 2004, 2441-2445.
- Structural Properties of Oligonucleotide Monolayers on Gold Surfaces Probed by Fluorescence Investigations. Langmuir 20 (23), 2004, 10086-10092.