January 17, 2023

Team


Miriam M. Unterlass

Principal Investigator

 

Miriam studied chemistry, process engineering and materials science in Germany, the UK, and France, and obtained a PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in 2011. She worked as a postdoc at the École École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris, France, before starting her own group at the Technical University of Vienna (TUW), Austria, in 2012. Miriam was tenured asisstant and subsequently associate professor.at TUW and obtained her habilitation in materials chemistry in 2018. In 2021, she became full professor of solid state chemistry at the University of Konstanz. Since 2018, Miriam is an Adjunct Principal Investigator at the Research Centre for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (CeMM) in Vienna (Austria). The ambition of her group’s research is to find and develop sustainable advanced materials and molecules without compromising the compounds’ performance and diversity, especially through employing water as reaction and processing medium. Her team has pioneered the chemical synthesis of defined organic compounds in high-temperature water and hold several patents on these innovations. In 2018 Miriam co-founded her first company UGP Materials GmbH, winner of several start-up awards (e.g., Sallinger Fonds S&B award 2018; RSC sustainable technologies competition finalist 2019) aiming at commercializing hydrothermal polymerization of high-performance polymers. She has received numerous accolades, including the Staatspreis Patent 2020, the FWF START prize 2017, the Austrian founder’s award PHÖNIX 2016, the Anton Paar Science award 2015, and has been elected as member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in 2018. She is alumna of the Fast Track program of the Robert Bosch foundation (2016-2018) and of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the U.S. Department of State (2018). Services to the academic community include serving as associate editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A and Materials Advances, and as representative for materials and solid state chemistry of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. Miriam is an expert in green and sustainable chemistry, teaches seminars on the topic, and advises as member of several advisory boards (scientific advisory board “Materials” of the German Federal Institute for Materials research and Testing (BAM), scientific advisory board of the European Forum Alpbach).


Fabián A. Amaya García

PhD Student

Fabián studied chemistry in Bogotá, Colombia, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He joined our group in 2018. In his main project Fabián develops new dyes for biological applications, with a focus on sustainable synthesis of the dyes.

D. Alonso Cerrón Infantes

Lab Manager

Alonso studied natural sciences and chemistry in Lima, Peru, and Vienna, Austria. He joined our group in 2014. In his main research project, he develops sustainable new high-performance polymers and their water-based processing.

Olivier Gazil

PhD Student

Olivier studied chemical engineering in Montréal, Canada. Olivier is pursuing a highly collaborative and international PhD project, with extended stays in the labs of his co-supervisors: Prof. Nick Virgilio (Montréal) & Prof. Favis (Montréal), Dr. Gauffre (Rennes) and Prof. Unterlass (Konstanz). He joined us in 2018 for 6 months and is back since September 2022. In his project, Olivier synthesizes polymer-metal hybrid materials in water as reaction medium and applies them as catalysts in semi-automated robotics-assisted synthesis.

Elana Harbalik

Research Technician

Elana did an apprenticeship as chemical-technical assistant and subsequently worked in the pharmaceutical and personal care industry from 2004 until 2009, before joining the University of Konstanz. She joined our group in 2021. In her main project, Elana investigates co-crystals as sustainable precursors for advanced materials synthesis. Furthermore, she is responsible for our PXRD and SAXS equipments and is one of the radiation protection officers of the Departmemt of Chemistry.  

Tobias Klenk

MSc Student

Tobias is studying Chemistry at the University of Konstanz. He joined our group in July 2022 for his bachelor thesis and stayed with us for his MSc research project. He works in the hydrothermal synthesis of bulky aromatic compounds.

Florian Vollstädt

PhD Student

Florian studied Chemistry at the University of Konstanz. He joined us in February 2024 PhD thesis. In his project, he explores metal oxides@polyimides hybrid materials.

Frank Sailer

PhD Student

Frank studied Nanoscience at the University of Konstanz. He joined us in March 2023 for his PhD thesis. In his project, he explores the synthesis of hybrid materials based on silicates.

Robert Pazdzior

Postdoc

Robert studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada. He obtained his PhD in 2022 at the CeMM  Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna, Austria. Robert joined us in 2022. In his main project, he develops an automated platform for the discovery and optimization of syntheses in water.

Martina Lexner

Administrative Assistant

Martina joined us in 2019. She supports Prof. Unterlass with the project management and administration of our third-party funding projects.

Lukas Leimhofer

Research Technician

Lukas studied technical chemistry in Vienna, Austria. Lukas joined us for the first time in 2015, the working on sustainable hybrid materials’ synthesis and processing. In his current main projects, Lukas works on the hydrothermal synthesis of small molecules for application in biology.

Celine Kuchler

MSc Student

Celine is studying Nanoscience at the University of Konstanz and joined our group in September as research intern and stayed with us as research assistant from February 2023 onwards. She is currently performing her MSc Thesis dealing with morphology control studies in the semi-automated aqueous precipitation of microparticles.

Maximilian Schürmann

MSc Student

Max is studying chemistry at the University of Konstanz and joined our group in February 2023 for his Master thesis. In his main project Max works on in-line/on-line spectroscopy for flow chemistry.

Yurii Kolbediuk

Research Assistant (HiWi)

Yurii studied chemistry at the Donetsk National University, Ukraine, where he performed his thesis on biologically active compounds and graduated in 2018. He continued his studies at the University of Konstanz. He joined our group in June 2023 as a research assistant. In his project he works on minerals, with a special focus on X-ray crystallographic analysis.

Frederic Hallmann

MSc Student

Frederic studies Chemistry at the University of Konstanz. He first joined our group in August 2022 for an internship and has returned in June 2023 for his master thesis. He will be working on developing Sulfur containing high performance materials.

Danica Drpic

Project Scientist

Danica studied Molecular Biology and Physiology in Belgrade, Serbia. She obtained her PhD in Cell biology in 2017, in University of Porto, Portugal. Danica joined our group in October 2023 as a project scientist to characterize hydrothermally synthesized cell dyes in vitro.

Margherita Balma

MSc Student

Margherita is doing her master in chemistry at the university of Konstanz after finishing her bachelor in Pisa, Italy. She joined our group in October 2023 for her Master thesis. She will work on the developing of hydrothermal synthesis protocols for Zircon-organic pigment hybrid materials, and subsequent characterisation

Simon Meier

MSc Student

Simon studies chemistry at the University of Konstanz. He joined our research group in October 2023 for his master thesis to work on Delafossite-based inorganic-organic hybrid materials, using hydro-/solvothermal synthesis.

Lena Schittenhelm

MSc Student

Lena studies chemistry at the University of Konstanz. She first joined our group in November 2022 for an internship and has returned in October 2023 for her master thesis, which focuses on the synthesis of small organic molecules featuring heterocyles.

Patricia Bächtle

MSc Student

Patricia is currently doing Masters studies in Life Science at the University of Konstanz. She joined our group in January 2024 for her Master thesis. In her project, she synthesizes lockdown-related molecules and their structure-activity relationship on human phosphatases.

Lukas Zeyffert

PhD Student

Lukas studied chemistry at the University of Konstanz and started his PhD in the research group of the Prof. Helmut Cölfen before joining our group in January 2024. His research focuses on the hydrothermal synthesis of MAX-phase-derived organic-anorganic hybrid materials.

Nick Sokov

PhD Student

Nick studied Chemistry at the University of Konstanz. He started his PhD in the research group of Prof. Helmut Cölfen and joined us in January 2024 to continue his PhD thesis. In his project, he develops polymers for the stabilization and assembly of metal nanoparticles.

Jessica Geppert

PhD Student

Jessica studied Nanoscience at the University of Konstanz. She started her PhD in August 2022 in the group of Prof. Helmut Cölfen before joining us in January 2024 to continue with her PhD Thesis. In her project, she develops new strategies for the synthesis of multi-elemental colloidal nanocrystals with a focus on metal chalcogenides and oxides as well as their heterostructures with metals and their subsequent investigation of properties.

Hannah Mehringer

MSc Research Intern (HiWi)

Hannah is currently studying a Master in Chemistry at the University of Konstanz. She joined our group in February 2024 as a research intern. Her project deals with the characterization of structure-fluorescence properties relationship of small molecules.

Claudia Treinen

MSc Research Intern

Claudia studies Chemistry at the University of Konstanz. She joined our group in March 2024 for a master internship. Her project deals with pulsed laser-assisted doping of CdS Nanocrystals.

We are always interested in highly motivated and dedicated coworkers. Currently we have plenty of interesting opportunities for Master and Bachelor theses. Please contact Miriam to learn more about the currently available topics.

Future position openings will be announced!


Alumni & Alumnae

Bastian Jehle (MSc Research Intern)

Tejasvi Singh (MSc Research Intern)

Lisa Bernhardt (BSc Student)

Claire Selg (BSc Student)

Luca Schwenger (BSc Student)

Hipassia M. Moura (Postdoc)

Arthur Lassus (Guest PhD Student)

Brendan Walker (MSc Student)

Marianne Lahnsteiner (PhD student)

Bettina Baumgartner (MSc student & PhD student)

Matthias Bergthaler (BSc student)

Daniel B. Block (Postdoc)

Patricia Brandl (BSc student)

Elias Bumbaris (PhD student)

Tobia Cavalli (MSc student & PhD student) 

Suman Chandra (Postdoc)

Grzegorz Dębowski (PhD student) 

Idil Erdem (BSc student)

Sebastian España Orozco (MSc student)

Johannes Essmeister (external MSc student)

Patrick W. Fritz (MSc student)

Heribert Gerstner (BSc student)

Daniel V. Glöcklhofer (BSc student)

Katharina Gürich (BSc student)

Michael Hahn (BSc student)

Rosa M. Hassfurther (BSc student)

Jana Pauline Heinz (BSc student)

Eleonora Hochreiner (MSc student)

Johannes Höchtl (MSc student)

Musthafa Iqbal (PhD student)

Konstantin Kriechbaum (BSc student)

Lukas P. Leutgeb (MSc student) 

Catarina I. O. Martins (PhD student)

Maximilian Raab (BSc student)

Thomas Roiss (BSc student)

Manuel Reiter (BSc student, & external MSc student)

Martina Schroffenegger (MSc student)

Marwan Simaan (Postdoc)

Sophia T. Steinbacher (BSc student)

Michael J. Taubländer (MSc student, PhD student & Postdoc)

Sophia Thiele (BSc student & external MSc student)

Josef Wendrinski (Postdoc)

Fabian Zechmeister (BSc student)

Miriam Zintl (external MSc student)