Philipp was born and grew up in Spe yer, Germany. In 2018, he received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Freiburg. He worked in the lab of Prof. Birgit Esser, where he worked on the synthesis of conjugated Nanorings with dibenzopentalene-substructure, for potential applications in OFETs. Philipp joined the Swager Group in fall 2019 as a visiting student investigating polymers with high degrees of free volume and dynamic dipoles for use as chemical sensors that response specifically to benzene.