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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk

Chair of Physical Chemistry
University of Bayreuth | KeyLab coordinator

Job History

since 01/2017Juniorprofessor for Colloidal Systems
Physical Chemistry, University of Bayreuth
11/2013 – 12/2016

Postdoctoral Fellow (Carl Zeiss Foundation)
Institute of Polymer Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Prof. Sabine Ludwigs

02/2011 – 10/2013

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds (UK), Prof. Fiona Meldrum


10/2007 – 01/2011PhD in Physical Chemistry
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Department of Biomaterials) under the supervision of Prof. P. Fratzl and Prof. M. Antonietti
10/2005 – 08/2007M.Sc. in Chemistry
University of Leipzig
02/2006 – 06/2006Semester abroad at the University of Uppsala
Sweden (Erasmus Programme)
10/2002 – 07/2005B. Sc. in Chemistry
University of Leipzig

Awards and other responsibilities

2015Postdoctoral stipend from the der Carl Zeiss Foundation
2015Best poster award, Summerschool NanoBioMater, Bad Herrenalb
2015Invited participant of the Japanese-German Frontiers of Science Symposium in Kyoto, Japan (Humboldt Foundation)
2008 –2010Scholarship from the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation
2003 – 2007Stipend from the “Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft” (Foundation of German Business) for undergraduate students
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk

Chair of Physical Chemistry
University of Bayreuth | KeyLab coordinator

The research activities of the group are focused on the development of bio-inspired synthetic routes toward functional materials, in particular transition metal oxides. The formation of complex structures is achieved via controlled mineral deposition directed by organic additives and templates in bulk or in confined reaction environments. By combining a range of imaging and scattering techniques, we perform multiscale structural analyses of biogenic and bio-inspired hybrid materials with a particular focus on the nature of nanoscale internal interfaces. In view of potential applications, the synthetically generated nano-, meso-, and microstructures are correlated with the electrocatalytic performance of the materials.

  • Bio-inspired synthetic strategies towards mesostructured functional materials
    Polymer/inorganic nanocomposites | nanoparticle synthesis | nanostructures | (bio-) template-directed mineralization| particle-based crystallization mechanisms | transition metal oxides with spinel structure
  • Structural characterization of biogenic and bio-inspired hybrid materials
    Biominerals | hierarchical structures | nanoscale interfaces | intracrystalline occlusions | (synchrotron) x-ray small- and wide-angle scattering | electron microscopy
  • Structure-property relationships  in mesostructured transition metal oxides
    Electrocatalysis | electrochemical deposition of inorganic materials
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk

Chair of Physical Chemistry
University of Bayreuth | KeyLab coordinator

Virus-directed formation of electrocatalytically active nanoparticle-based Co3O4 tubes
Schenk, A. S.; Eiben, S.; Goll, M.; Reith, L.; Kulak, A. N.; Meldrum, F. C. ; Wege, C.; Jeske, H.; Ludwigs, S.
Nanoscale 2017

Strain-Relief by Single Dislocation Loops in Calcite Crystals Grown on Self-Assembled Monolayers
Ihli, J.; Clark, J. N.; Côté, A. S.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Schenk, A. S.; Kulak, A. N.; Comyn, T. P.; Chammas, O.; Harder, R. J.; Duffy, D. M.; Robinson, I. K.; Meldrum, F. C.
Nature Communications 2016, 7:11878

Three-dimensional Visualization of Dislocation Dynamics During Crystal Growth and Dissolution
Clark, J. N.; Ihli, J.; Schenk, A. S.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Kulak, A. N.; Campbell, J. M.; Nesbit, G.; Meldrum, F. C.; Robinson, I. K.
Nature Materials 2015, 14 (8), 780-784

A Critical Analysis of Calcium Carbonate Mesocrystals
Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Schenk, A. S.; Ihli, J.; Kulak, A. N.; Hetherington, N. B. J.; Tang, C. C.; Schmahl, W.; Griesshaber, E.; Hyett, G.; Meldrum, F. C.
Nature Communications 2014, 5:4341, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5341.

Confinement Stabilises Single Crystal Vaterite Rods
Schenk, A. S.; Albarracin, E. J.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Ihli, J.; Meldrum, F. C.
Chemical Communications 2014, 50 (36), 4729-4732

Systematic Study of the Effects of Polyamines on Calcium Carbonate Precipitation
Schenk, A. S.; Cantaert, B.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Li, Y.; Read, E. S.; Semsarilar, M.; Armes, S. P.; Meldrum, F. C.
Chemistry of Materials 2014, 26 (8), 2703-2711

Bio-Inspired Formation of Functional Calcite/ Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Composites
Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Schenk, A. S.; Walsh, D.; Kulak, A. N.; Cespedes, O.; Meldrum, F. C.
Nanoscale 2014, 6 (2), 852-859

Ion-association complexes unite classical and non-classical theories for the biomimetic nucleation of calcium phosphate
Habraken, W. J. E. M.; Tao, J.; Brylka, L. J.; Friedrich, H.; Bertinetti, L.; , A. S.; Verch, A.; Dmitrovic, V.; Bormans, P. H. H.; Frederik, P. M.; Laven, J.; van der Schoot, P.; Aichmayer, B.; de With, G.; DeYoreo, J. J.; Sommerdijk, N. A. J. M.
Nature Communications 2013, 4:1507, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2490

Hierarchical Calcite Crystals with Occlusions of a Simple Polyelectrolyte Mimic Complex Biomineral Structures
Schenk, A. S.; Zlotnikov, I.; Pokroy, B.; Gierlinger, N.; Masic, A.; Zaslansky, P.; Fitch, A. N.; Paris, O.; Metzger, T. H.; Cölfen, H.; Fratzl, P.; Aichmayer, B.
Advanced Functional Materials 2012, 22 (22), 4668-4676

Polymer-induced liquid precursor (PILP) phases of calcium carbonate formed in the presence of synthetic acidic polypeptides  ̶ Relevance to biomineralization
Schenk, A. S.; Zope, H.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Kros, A.; Sommerdijk, N. A.J.M.; Meldrum, F. C.
Faraday Discussions 2012, 159, 327-344

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk

Chair of Physical Chemistry
University of Bayreuth | KeyLab coordinator

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk
University of Bayreuth
KeyLab coordinator

Physical Chemistry
University of Bayreuth
95447 Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3915
E-mail: anna.schenk@uni-bayreuth.de
Homepage: Colloidal Systems