CeMM Adjunct Principal Investigator
Materials chemistry, dyes for life sciences
The research interests of Miriam Unterlass are centered on compounds that are rich in aromatic and heterocyclic moieties. This built-up imparts outstanding materials properties such as high thermal and chemical stability, or fluorescence. The materials the Unterlass Lab is working are low-molecular weight dyes, high-performance polymers, covalent organic frameworks (COFs), and inorganic-organic hybrids. A major focus lies on the development of novel, environmentally friendly, non-toxic and highly efficient synthetic techniques especially via and hydrothermal synthesis and solid-state reactions. The UnterlassLab’s research projects spans over both basic and applied science. Miriam is committed to see her research implemented: In 2017 she co-founded her first company, UGP materials, where she acts as CSO.
Miriam M. Unterlass studied chemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering in Würzburg, Southampton, and Lyon. Between 2009 and 2011, she worked on her PhD thesis at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, followed by a postdoc at ESPCI in Paris. In December 2012, she established her research group “Advanced Organic Materials” at the Institute of Materials Chemistry at Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien). In September 2018, Miriam obtained her habilitation venia docendi in materials chemistry and in June 2019, she became assistant professor at TU Wien. She joined CeMM as an adjunct principal investigator in 2018 and in June 2021, she became full professor of solid-state chemistry at the University of Konstanz (Germany). The research interests of Miriam Unterlass are centered on compounds that are rich in aromatic and heterocyclic moieties. These materials show interesting optoelectronic properties and can be used as dyes, for example. A major focus lies on the discovery of new compounds and the development of novel, environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and highly efficient synthetic techniques, especially via hydrothermal synthesis. Miriam is committed to research transfer: She founded her first company, UGP materials, in 2017 and develops graphic design materials and courses on scientific topics.
Moura HM et al. Green hydrothermal synthesis yields perylenebisimide-SiO2 hybrid materials with solution-like fluorescence and photoredox activity. J Mater Chem A Mater. 2022 June 13;10(24):12817-12831. (abstract)
Amaya-García F et al. Synthesis of 2,3-Diarylquinoxaline Carboxylic Acids in High-Temperature Water. Synthesis. 2022 54(15), 3367-3382. (abstract)
Lahnsteiner M et al. Hydrothermal polymerization of porous aromatic polyimide networks and machine learning-assisted computational morphology evolution interpretation. J Mater Chem A Mater. 2021 Sep
Amaya-García F et al. Green Hydrothermal Synthesis of Fluorescent 2,3-Diarylquinoxalines and Large-Scale Computational Comparison to Existing Alternatives. ChemSusChem. 2021 Apr 22;14(8):1853-1863. (abstract)
Taublaender MJ, Glöcklhofer F, Marchetti-Deschmann M, Unterlass MM. Green and Rapid Hydrothermal Crystallization and Synthesis of Fully Conjugated Aromatic Compounds. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2018 Sep 17;57(38):12270-12274. (abstract)
Unterlass MM. Hot Water Generates Crystalline Organic Materials. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2018 Feb 23;57(9):2292-2294. (abstract)
Leimhofer L, et al. Green one-pot synthesis and processing of polyimide/silica hybrid materials. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 16326-16335. (abstract)
Baumgartner B, Svirkova A, Bintinger J, Hametner C, Marchetti-Deschmann M, Unterlass MM. Green and highly efficient synthesis of perylene and naphthalene bisimides in nothing but water. Chem Commun (Camb). 2017 Jan 19;53(7):1229-1232. (abstract)
Baumgartner B, et al. Geomimetics for green polymer synthesis: Highly ordered polyimides via hydrothermal techniques. Polym. Chem. 2014,5, 3771-3776. (abstract)