Research Interests

Activation of hydrocarbons by surface organometallic chemistry on mesoporous supports with the catalysis-by-design principle. Synthesis and analysis of heterogeneous catalysts and analysis of reaction mechanisms on the surface. 

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)
  • Identification and experimental characterization of an extremophilic brine pool alcohol dehydrogenase from single a...
    . Grötzinger, R. Karan, E. Strillinger, S. Bader, A. Frank, I. Al-Rowaihi, W. Wackerow, J....
    American Chemical Society Chemical Biology, 13, 161-170, (2018), (2018)

Education Profile

  • PhD student, Chemistry, KAUST, Saudi Arabia (2016 – present)
  • M. Sc., Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, Germany (2013)
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Göttingen, Germany (2011)

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Katalyse (GeCatS)


  • Leadership Award: Ambassador of KAUST at USLS 2019 Kuala Lumpur
  • Fellowship of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology 

KAUST Affiliations

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