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CeMM Adjunct Principal Investigator

Miriam Unterlass

Materials  Chemistry,  Dyes  for Life  Sciences

Prof. Miriam M. Unterlass
Full Professor of Solid-State Chemistry
University of Constance


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 of the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). In September 2018, Miriam obtained her habilitation veniadocendi  in materials chemistry. She joined CeMM as an Adjunct Principal Investigator in 2018. 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, e.g., be used as dyes. 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 for scientific topics.

Selected Papers

Taublaender MJ, et al. Green and Rapid Hydrothermal Crystallization and Synthesis of Fully Conjugated Aromatic Compounds, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, doi:10.1002/anie.201801277. (abstract)

Unterlass MM. Hot water generates crystalline organic materials, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2018, 57(9), 2292–2294. (abstract)

Leimhofer L, et al. Green one-pot synthesis and processing of polyimide/silica hybrid materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2017, 5, 16326–16335. (abstract)

Baumgartner B, et al. Green and highly efficient synthesis of perylene and naphthalene bisimides is nothing but water, Chemical Communications 2017, 53, 1229–1232. (abstract)

Baumgartner B, et al. Geomimetics for Green Polymer Synthesis: Highly Ordered Polyimides via Hydrothermal Techniques, Polymer Chemistry 2014, 5, 3771–3776. (abstract)