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 with many industrial partners, and supervised students at all levels of their education. In 2003, she became a senior scientist and group leader at the Institute of Materials Science, before being awarded a permanent position in 2006 and a Fellowship for Advanced Researchers in the same year (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA). In 2009, she was nominated asa SNSF Professor, and moved her group to the Department of Chemistry in Fribourg. In 2011 she joined forces with Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser to share the BioNanomaterials chair at the Adolphe Merkle Institute.