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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

2021Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize
2019Scholar of the Young Academy of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW)
2015Postdoctoral stipend from the 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

Recombinant Major Ampullate Spidroin-Particles as Biotemplates for Manganese Carbonate Mineralization,
Neubauer, V. J.; Kellner, C.; Grün, V.; Schenk, A. S.; Scheibel, T.
Multifunctional Materials 2021, 4, 014002

Towards standardized purification of bacterial magnetic nanoparticles for future in vivo applications
Rosenfeldt, S.; Mickoleit, F.; Jörke, C.; Clement, J. H.; Markert, S.; Jérôme, V.;  Schwarzinger, S.; Freitag, R.; Schüler, D.; Uebe, R.; Schenk, A. S.
Acta Biomaterialia 2021, 120, 293-303.

Hierarchically Structured Spherulitic Cobalt Hydroxide Carbonate as a Precursor to Ordered Nanostructures of Electrocatalytically Active Co3O4,
Schenk, A. S.; Goll, M.; Reith, L.; Roussel, M.; Blaschkowski, B.; Rosenfeldt, S.;  Yin, X.; Schmahl, W. W.; Ludwigs, S.
Crystal Growth & Design 2020, 20 (10), 6407-6420.

SAXS as an online tool to investigate arrangement and nanostructure of bacterial magnetosomes in Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense
Rosenfeldt, S.; Mickoleit, F.; Riese, C.; Völkl, M.; Schüler, D.; Schenk, A. S.
Applied Environmental Microbiology 2019, 85 (24), e01513- e0151319.

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

Three-dimensional Visualization of Dislocation Dynamics During Crystal Growth and Dissolution
Clark, J. N.; Ihli, J.; Schenk, A. S.; Yi-Yeoun, K.; 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
Yi-Yeoun, K.; 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.; Yi-Yeoun, K.; 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.; Yi-Yeoun, K.; Li, Y.; Read, E. S.; Semsarilar, M.; Armes, S. P.; Meldrum, F. C.
Chemistry of Materials 2014, 26 (8), 2703-2711

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

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