Alke Fink studied Chemistry at the University of Ulm, Germany and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 1999. After a post-doctoral visit at the Engineering Research Center for Particle Science and Technology, University of Florida, she joined the Laboratory for Powder Technolgy (LTP) at the Institute of Materials Science at the École Polytechnique Fédéral Lausanne (EPFL) in 2000. There she established nano-materials as a new research field, initiated various national and international projects, fostered contacts to many industrial partners and supervised students at all levels of their education. Since 2003, she has been senior scientist and group leader in the Institute of Materials Science, since 2006 she has held a permanent position and was awarded a Fellowship for Advanced Researchers in the same year (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA). In 2009, she has been nominated SNF Professor.