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Dr Vera Krewald


Vera Krewald obtained her PhD in 2014 in the group of Prof. Dr. Frank Neese and Dr. Dimitrios A. Pantazis at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. In 2015, she was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for her work on water oxidation in natural photosynthesis.

Funded by a Marie-S.-Curie Individual Fellowship, she moved to the group of Prof. Dr. Leticia González at the University of Vienna in 2016 to pursue research on dinitrogen photoactivation.

Vera began independent research in the Department of Chemistry as a 50th Anniversary Prize Fellow in the Faculty of Science in January 2017.

Research interests

Using a variety of quantum chemistry methods ranging from DFT to DMRG, Vera investigates the electronic structure and functional principles of inorganic complexes with a focus on their spectroscopic, magnetic and redox properties.

She is particularly interested in transition metal catalysts that transform small and abundant molecules such as dinitrogen and water into useful chemicals.

Through electronic structure analysis and in silico catalyst design, research in her group contributes to finding efficient catalysts that will make the utilization of such omnipresent molecules economically viable.


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