Denise Kleinschmidt

M. Sc.

PhD Student

Denise Kleinschmidt; Photo from DWI Website
Research Area Functional and Interactive Polymers and DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials e.V.


Building:  Sammelbau Chemie

Room: 38B 118

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials e.V.

Forckenbeckstraße 50

52056 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 26422
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Overview on Research

My research work focuses on the synthesis of enzyme-inspired microgel-based catalysts and investigation of their properties for applications in liquid-phase conversion processes. The incorporation of catalytically active functional groups (organocatalysts), design of binding sites as well as the control over their spatial distribution will determine the performance of the catalytically active microgels in regards to reaction conversion, selectivity, chemical stability and recyclability.

Research focus

  • Synthesis and characterization of responsive microgels
  • Application of catalytically active microgels in liquid-phase conversion processes


SFB 985 C6: Switchable Colloidal Organocatalysts based on Responsive Microgels


D. Schäfer1, F. Fink1, D. Kleinschmidt1, K. Keisers, A. Hoffmann, A. Pich, S. Herres-Pawlis; Enhanced catalytic activity of copper complexes in microgels for aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohols; ChemComm; 2020; 56; 5601-5604.

D. Kleinschmidt, M. S. Fernandes, M. Mork, A. A. Meyer, J. Krischel, M. V. Anakohv, R. A. Gumerov, I. I. Potemkin, M. Rueping, A. Pich; Enhanced catalyst performance through compartmentalization exemplified by colloidal L-proline modified microgel catalysts; J. Colloid Interface Sci.; 2020; 559, 76-87.