A new catalyst for the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into chemicals or fuels has been developed by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen. They optimized already available copper catalysts to improve their selectivity and long-term stability. The re ... more
Prof. Dr. Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)
Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner, born in 1982, studied chemistry at Marburg and Würzburg universities and received her doctorate from the Technical University Dortmund in 2009. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of California in Berkeley, she headed an Emmy Noether junior research group at the University of Würzburg, where she qualified as a professor in 2015. In 2016, she moved on to the Ruhr University Bochum, where she holds the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry II.
Among the awards Professor Däschlein-Gessner has received are a PhD Fellowship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (2007-2009), a Feodor Lynen Postdoc Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2009-2011), a grant within the Emmy Noether Program of the German Science Foundation (2012-2018) and an ERC Starting Grant (2016-2021). She also received the ADUC Award for Habilitands (2015), the Thieme Journal Award (2016) and the Organometallics' 2020 Distinguished Author Award (2020).
The research interests of Professor Däschlein-Gessner lie in the fields of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. Her research group focuses on designing new catalysts as well as developing new synthesis methods and custom reagents for organic syntheses. The research projects range from how to stabilize reactive main group compounds for the activation of small molecules to developing new ligand and complex types. A particular focus of her work is the targeted manipulation of the electronic and spatial properties of molecules by cleverly devising suitable molecular structures, with the aim of controlling reactivities and opening up new applications.
- Metalorganic synthesis chemistry
- Homogeneous catalysis
- Molecular analysis in solids and solutions
- Quantum chemical calculations