After studying physics in Braunschweig and Heidelberg, Professor Tornow received his doctorate from the University of Stuttgart in 1997 with a dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. Subsequently, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and later on the development of RF devices at Infineon Technologies, Munich. From 2001 to 2006 Professor Tornow headed an independent junior research group sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at TUM’s Walter Schottky Institute. He acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) for his work in the field of experimental physics in 2007 at TUM. Professor Tornow was a professor at TU Braunschweig from 2006 to 2013. In March 2013 he was appointed associate professor of molecular electronics at TUM.