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Sustainable chemistry matters:

First, it enables the development of more environmentally friendly and sustainable chemical processes that reduce the negative impact of chemistry on the environment and human health. This includes the reduction of waste, the use of renewable resources, and the design of chemicals and materials that are safer and more sustainable.
Second, sustainable chemistry can improve the efficiency and economic viability of chemical processes. By developing new catalytic systems, renewable feedstocks, and other sustainable technologies, chemistry can become more efficient and cost-effective, reducing the economic and environmental cost of chemical production.

Third, sustainable chemistry can enable the development of new materials and products with unique properties and applications. For example, sustainable materials can be designed to have improved performance, durability, and recyclability, reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing and reducing the need for virgin materials.

The goal of our research is to develop new technologies and innovations that can contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future for all. Specifically, we are interested in
• Modern catalytic methods for (asymmetric) synthesis based on organo- and photocatalysis
• Carbon capture and valorization techniques (CCU), particularly on photocatalytic CO2 activation
• Recovery of valuable ingredients from industrial waste streams using advanced fluid technologies
• New and innovative ionic liquid technologies that can contribute to a more sustainable and efficient future.

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Lisa Eisele

Project Assistant, MSc
Lisa obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Stuttgart. During her Master’s studies she focused on Materials Chemistry gaining more lab experience during an ERASMUS stay at CPE Lyon working with polymerizable Pickering Emulsions. While doing her Master’s thesis she worked on organic/inorganic perovskite solar cells. In January 2021 she joined the Schröder research group as a PhD student. Her work is focused on Ionic Liquid co-catalyzed photocatalytic CO2 reduction.

Ádám Márk Pálvölgyi

Group Management

Ádám obtained his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2015. After a short visiting semester in Belgium, he continued with his master studies in Hungary, where he focused on the synthesis and application of sugar-based crown ethers for asymmetric catalysis. Ádám joined the group in 2017 as a PhD student. Since finishing his PhD , he is a postdoctoral fellow in the group. His research focuses on sustainable chemistry, asymmetric catalysis, as well as on photochemical transformations.

Marie Entstrasser

Group Management
Marie is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna. She helps Katharina with administrative duties and lab management.