Elena was born in 1982 in Schwäbisch Hall. She got her physics diploma at the university of Heidelberg in 2007. She then did her PhD between 2007 and 2010 in the group by Jacques Flouquet in CEA Grenoble, France, on high pressure studies of competing phases in uranium heavy fermion systems. She established for the first time the pressure phase diagram of UCoGe, a ferromagnetic superconductor. Additionally she was able to show that in URu2Si2 the Fermi surface is stable under pressure when the Hidden Order - antiferromagnetic phase transition occurs.
Afterwards she moved to Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, for a postdoc in Louis Taillefer’s group. As a Cifar Global Scholar and FQRNT postdoc fellow she worked on superconductivity. She was able to show that in 122- iron pnictides the pressure phase diagram contains an additional phase near the optimal doping, later identified as a tetragonal magnetic phase. In Sr2RuO4 by thermal conductivity studies at very low temperature she resolved vertical line nodes in the superconducting gap structure of this presumed p-wave superconductor.
In 2014 she was awarded an independent Max-Planck research group leader position by the Max Planck Society. She built up and leads the group “Physics of Unconventional Metals and Superconductors” at the MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany.
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