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Dr. Maren Podewitz


Theoretical Chemistry
Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
Center for Molecular Biosciences
Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck
Maren Podewitz


CCB - Centrum für Chemie und Biomedizin (Room L.01.152)
Innrain 80/82, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria


Theoretical and Computational Chemistry:
  • Understanding functionality and selectivity of chemical reactions and bimolecular structures

  • Assessing catalytic activity of transition metal catalysts

  • Elucidating physico-chemical properties of novel materials

Grants and Fellowships

Lise Meitner Grant of the Austrian Science Fund, 2017-2021

TWF Grant, 2016-2018

GAIN travel grant, 2012

Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for postdoctoral research, 2011-2012

ETH Zürich travel grant, 2009

Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), 2004-2007

Scholarship to pursue bachelor studies of the "Fond der Chemischen Industrie", 2002-2004

Awards and Honours

Award for outstanding bachelor studies of the German Chemical Society Jena, 2005

1st prize Youth Research Competition (Jugend Forscht), national level,
Special award Youth Research Competition, federal level, 2002


Gesellschaft Österreichischer Chemiker GÖCH, member, since 2015

Gesellschaft deutscher Chemiker GdCh, Germany, member, since 2005

Elected member of the chemistry student representatives Jena, 2004-2005


"Pyro-Phyllobilins: Elusive Chlorophyll Catabolites Lacking a Critical Carboxylate Function of the Natural Chlorophylls"
Chemistry - A European Journal, 2018, in press.

"Highly Electrophilic, Catalytically Active and Redox-Responsive Cobaltoceniumyl and Ferrocenyl Triazolylidene Coinage Metal Complexes"
Chemistry - A European Journal, 2018, 24, 3742-3753.

"Cobaltocenylidene, a mesoionic metalloceno carbene, stabilized in a gold (III) complex"
Chemistry - A European Journal, 2018, 24, 3165-3169.

"High-Pressure Synthesis and Characterization of the Ammonium Yttrium Borate (NH4)YB8O14"
Inorganic Chemistry, 2017, 56, 14291-14299.

"CaB2S4O16-A borosulfate exhibiting a new structure type with phyllosilicate analogue topology"
Chemistry - A European Journal, 2017, 23, 16773-16781.

"Balance between hydration enthalpy and entropy is important for ice binding surfaces in Antifreeze Proteins"
Scientific Reports, 2017, 7, 11901.

"Ag[B(SO4)2] Synthesis, crystal structure, and characterization of the first precious metal borosulfate"
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2017, 34, 3981-3989.

"Binding Pose Flip Explained via Enthalpic and Entropic Contributions"
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, 2017, 57, 345-354.

"Chlorophyll-Derived Yellow Phyllobilins of Higher Plants as Medium-Responsive Chiral Photoswitch"
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2016, 55, 15760-15765.

"Von Chlorophyll abstammende gelbe Phyllobiline höherer Pflanzen als umgebungsgesteuerte, chirale Photoschalter"
Angewandte Chemie, 2016, 128, 15992-15997.

"Enthalpic and Entropic Contributions to Hydrophobicity"
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 2016, 12, 4600-4610.

"Unique Macrocycles in the Taiwan Traditional Chinese Medicine Database"
Planta Medica, 2015, 81, 459-466.

"Density Functional Theory for Transition Metal Chemistry: The Case of a Water Splitting Ruthenium Cluster"
Modeling Molecular Properties, 2011, 139-163.

"An Enquiry into Theoretical Bioinorganic Chemistry: How Heuristic is the Character of Present-Day Quantum Chemical Methods?"
Faraday Discussion 2011, 148, 119-135.

"Spin Interactions in Cluster Chemistry"
Advances in Inorganic Chemistry 2011, 62, 117-230.

"Ion Dynamics in Confined Spaces: Sodium Ion Mobility in Icosahedral Container Molecules"
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2010, 49, 7465-7469.

"Synthesis, Structures and Magnetic Properties of N-Trialkylsilyl-8-amidoquinoline Complexes of Chromium, Manganese, Iron, and Cobalt as well as of Wheel-Like Hexa-Nuclear Iron(II) and Manganese(II) Bis(8-Amidoquinoline)"
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2010, 12, 177-190.

"Restrained Optimization of Broken-Symmetry Determinants"
International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 2009, 109, 2430-2446.

"Spin-Spin Interactions in Polynuclear Transition-Metal Complexes"
Chemical Physics Letters, 2008, 451, 301-308.


DK-CIM Winter School, Obergurgl, Austria, 03/2018

Polymat 2017, Huatulco, Mexico, 10/2017 (invited)

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, 10/2017

Gordon Research Seminar: Computational Chemistry, Girona, Spain, 07/2016

Boeringer Ingelheim, Biberach, Germany, 12/2015

16th Austrian Chemistry Days, Innsbruck, Austria, 09/2015

C4 Workshop IBM Ruschlikon, Switzerland, 01/2011

Seminar in Theoretical Chemistry, Jerusalem, Israel, 02/2010