CeMM Adjunct Principal Investigator

Miriam Unterlass

Advanced Organic Materials

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Miriam M. Unterlass
Institute of Materials Chemistry
Technical University of Vienna
Getreidemarkt 9/BC/2
1060 Vienna


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 Unterlass studied chemistry, materials science and chemical engineering in Würzburg, Southampton and Lyon. Between 2009 and 2011 she was working on her PhD thesis at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam-Golm, supervised by Markus Antonietti. Miriam then worked as a post-doc with Ludwik Leibler at the ESPCI in Paris. In December 2012 she established her junior research group “Advanced Organic Materials” at the Institute of Materials Chemistry of TU Wien. In September 2018 Miriam obtained her habilitation (venia docendi) in “materials chemistry”. In November 2018 Miriam joined CeMM as Adjunct Principal Investigator. 

Selected Papers

M. J. Taublaender, F. Glöcklhofer, M. Marchetti-Deschmann, and M. M. Unterlass, Green and Rapid Hydrothermal Crystallization and Synthesis of Fully Conjugated Aromatic Com- pounds, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, doi:10.1002/anie.201801277

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

B. Baumgartner, M. J. Bojdys, and M. M. Unterlass, Geomimetics for Green Polymer Synthe- sis: Highly Ordered Polyimides via Hydrothermal Techniques, Polymer Chemistry 2014, 5, 3771–3776

B. Baumgartner, A. Svirkova, J. Bintinger, C. Hametner, M. Marchetti-Deschmann, and M. M. Unterlass, Green and highly efficient synthesis of perylene and naphthalene bisimides is nothing but water, Chemical Communications 2017, 53, 1229–1232

L. Leimhofer, B. Baumgartner, M. Puchberger, T. Prochaska, T. Konegger and M. M. Unterlass, Green one-pot synthesis and processing of polyimide- silica hybrid materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2017, 5, 16326–16335