Research Interests

The introduction of artificial metal centers into proteins is a rational approach for the generation of enzymes with novel catalytic functions. Combination of  genetic engineering and chemical screening gives access to a plethora of catalytic functionalities. Through supramolecular anchoring, catalysts can be introduced into host proteins where the chiral second coordination sphere defines the substrate orientation during catalysis. My research includes synthesis of organometallic complexes, substrate synthesis, protein reactivity testing, establishment of catalysis protocols in water, bioinorganic kinetics, chiral catalysis.  


Selected Publications

  • Synthesis and structure of salts of a sterically shielded, lipophilic, C2-symmetric, fluxional aluminate
    T. Söhner, I. Küppers, W. Wackerow, F. Rominger, B. Straub
    Archive for Organic Chemistry, 4, 296-318 , (2014)

Education Profile

  • PhD student, Chemical Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, since August 2014
  • M. Sc., Chemical Science, Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany, November 2013
  • B. Sc., Chemical Science, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany, March 2011

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)