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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk

Anna Schenk Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk
Anna Schenk

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Colloidal Systems

Job History

Since 01/2017Juniorprofessor for Colloidal Systems, Physical Chemistry, University of Bayreuth
11/2013 – 12/2016Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Polymer Chemistry, University of Stuttgart
02/2011 – 10/2013Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK


05/2011PhD in Physical Chemistry, University of Potsdam
10/2007 – 01/2011PhD student at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Department of Biomaterials) under the supervision of Prof. P. Fratzl and Prof. M. Antonietti
08/2007M.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Leipzig (Thesis advisor:  Prof.  H. Morgner)
02/2006 – 06/2006Semester abroad (Erasmus Programme) at the University of Uppsala, Sweden
07/2005B.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Leipzig (Thesis advisor: Prof. H. Krautscheid)
10/2002 – 08/2007Chemistry studies, University of Leipzig

Awards and other responsibilities

2015 – 2016Postdoctoral stipend from the der Carl Zeiss Foundation
2015Best poster award, Summerschool NanoBioMater, Bad Herrenalb
2011 – 2013Representative of early stage researchers in Leeds within the UK Programme Grant „Hard-soft matter interfaces: from understanding to engineering“
2008 – 2010Scholarship from the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation
2003 – 2007Stipend from the “Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft” (Foundation of German Business) for undergraduate students
Anna Schenk

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Colloidal Systems

The research activities of the group are focused on the development of bio-inspired synthetic routes toward functional materials, in particular transition metal oxides. The formation of complex structures is achieved via controlled mineral deposition directed by organic additives and templates in bulk or in confined reaction environments. By combining a range of imaging and scattering techniques, we perform multiscale structural analyses of biogenic and bio-inspired hybrid materials with a particular focus on the nature of nanoscale internal interfaces. In view of potential applications, the synthetically generated nano-, meso-, and microstructures are correlated with the electrocatalytic performance of the materials.

  • Bio-inspired synthetic strategies towards mesostructured functional materials
    Polymer/inorganic nanocomposites | nanoparticle synthesis | nanostructuring | (bio-) template-directed mineralization| particle-based crystallization mechanisms | transition metal oxides with spinel structure
  • Structural characterization of biogenic and bio-inspired hybrid materials
    Biominerals | hierarchical structures | nanoscale interfaces | intracrystalline occlusions | (synchrotron) x-ray small- and wide-angle scattering | electron microscopy
  • Structure-property relationships  in mesostructured transition metal oxides
    Electrocatalysis | electrochemical deposition of inorganic materials
Anna Schenk

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Colloidal Systems

Selected publications


Schwan, Jonas; Markert, Simon; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Schüler, Dirk; Mickoleit, Frank; Schenk, Anna
Comparing the Colloidal Stabilities of Commercial and Biogenic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles That Ha ...
in Molecules volume 28 (2023) issue 13
doi:10.3390/molecules28134895 ...

Völkle, Elke; Schulz, Fabian; Kanold, Julia Maxi; Michaelis, Monika; Wissel, Kerstin; Brümmer, Franz; Schenk, Anna; Ludwigs, Sabine; Bill, Joachim; Rothenstein, Dirk
Functional mimicry of sea urchin biomineralization proteins with CaCO₃-binding peptides selecte ...
in Journal of Materials Chemistry B volume 11 (2023) issue 42. - page 10174-10188
doi:10.1039/D3TB01584J ...

Mickoleit, Frank; Jörke, Cornelia; Richter, Reinhard; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Markert, Simon; Rehberg, Ingo; Schenk, Anna; Bäumchen, Oliver; Schüler, Dirk; Clement, Joachim H.
Long‐Term Stability, Biocompatibility, and Magnetization of Suspensions of Isolated Bacterial M ...
in Small volume 19 (2023) issue 19
doi:10.1002/smll.202206244 ...

Kießling, Johannes; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Schenk, Anna
Size-controlled liquid phase synthesis of colloidally stable Co₃O₄ nanoparticles
in Nanoscale Advances volume 5 (2023) issue 15. - page 3942-3954
doi:10.1039/D3NA00032J ...


Grün, Viktoria; Kajiyama, Satoshi; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Ludwigs, Sabine; Schenk, Anna; Kato, Takashi
One-Dimensional Assemblies of Co₃O₄ Nanoparticles Formed from Cobalt Hydroxide Carbonate Prepar ...
in Crystal Growth & Design volume 22 (2022) issue 10. - page 5883-5894
doi:10.1021/acs.cgd.2c00386 ...

Liang, Chen; Cheong, Jun Young; Sitaru, Gabriel; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Schenk, Anna; Gekle, Stephan; Kim, II‐Doo; Greiner, Andreas
Size‐Dependent Catalytic Behavior of Gold Nanoparticles
in Advanced Materials Interfaces volume 9 (2022) issue 4
doi:10.1002/admi.202100867 ...

Schwan, Jonas; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Schenk, Anna S.
Strain-Induced Self-Rolling of Electrochemically Deposited Co(OH)₂ Films into Organic–Inorganic ...
in Crystals volume 12 (2022) issue 8
doi:10.3390/cryst12081072 ...


Mickoleit, Frank; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Toro‐Nahuelpan, Mauricio; Schaffer, Miroslava; Schenk, Anna; Plitzko, Jürgen M.; Schüler, Dirk
High‐Yield Production, Characterization, and Functionalization of Recombinant Magnetosomes in t ...
in Advanced Biology volume 5 (2021) issue 9
doi:10.1002/adbi.202101017 ...

Grün, Viktoria; Helfricht, Nicolas; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Schenk, Anna
Interface-mediated formation of basic cobalt carbonate / polyethyleneimine composite microscrol ...
in Chemical Communications volume 57 (2021) issue 59. - page 7244-7247
doi:10.1039/D1CC01136G ...

Ihli, Johannes; Schenk, Anna; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Wakonig, Klaus; Holler, Mirko; Falini, Giuseppe; Pasquini, Luca; Delacou, Eugénia; Buckman, Jim; Glen, Thomas S.; Kress, Thomas; Tsai, Esther H. R.; Reid, David G.; Duer, Melinda J.; Cusack, Maggie; Nudelman, Fabio
Mechanical adaptation of brachiopod shells via hydration-induced structural changes
in Nature Communications volume 12 (2021)
doi:10.1038/s41467-021-25613-4 ...

Mickoleit, Frank; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Schenk, Anna; Schüler, Dirk; Uebe, René
Multifunktionale bakterielle Nanomagnete für Biotechnologie und Medizin
in BIOspektrum volume 27 (2021) issue 4. - page 442-444
doi:10.1007/s12268-021-1593-5 ...

Neubauer, Vanessa J.; Kellner, Christine; Grün, Viktoria; Schenk, Anna; Scheibel, Thomas
Recombinant major ampullate spidroin-particles as biotemplates for manganese carbonate minerali ...
in Multifunctional Materials volume 4 (2021) issue 1
doi:10.1088/2399-7532/abddc4 ...

Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Mickoleit, Frank; Jörke, Cornelia; Clement, Joachim H.; Markert, Simon; Jérôme, Valérie; Schwarzinger, Stephan; Freitag, Ruth; Schüler, Dirk; Uebe, René; Schenk, Anna
Towards standardized purification of bacterial magnetic nanoparticles for future in vivo applic ...
in Acta Biomaterialia volume 120 (2021) . - page 293-303
doi:10.1016/j.actbio.2020.07.042 ...


Riese, Cornelius N.; Uebe, René; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Schenk, Anna; Jérôme, Valérie; Freitag, Ruth; Schüler, Dirk
An automated oxystat fermentation regime for microoxic cultivation of Magnetospirillum gryphisw ...
in Microbial Cell Factories volume 19 (2020)
doi:10.1186/s12934-020-01469-z ...

Schenk, Anna; Goll, Miriam; Reith, Lukas; Roussel, Manuel; Blaschkowski, Björn; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Yin, Xiaofei; Schmahl, Wolfgang W.; Ludwigs, Sabine
Hierarchically Structured Spherulitic Cobalt Hydroxide Carbonate as a Precursor to Ordered Nano ...
in Crystal Growth & Design volume 20 (2020) issue 10. - page 6407-6420
doi:10.1021/acs.cgd.0c00576 ...


Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Riese, Cornelius N.; Mickoleit, Frank; Schüler, Dirk; Schenk, Anna
Probing the nanostructure and arrangement of bacterial magnetosomes by small-angle x-ray scatte ...
in Applied and Environmental Microbiology volume 85 (2019) issue 24
doi:10.1128/AEM.01513-19 ...

Jiang, Shaohua; Grün, Viktoria; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Schenk, Anna; Agarwal, Seema; Xu, Zhi-Kang; Greiner, Andreas
Virtually Wall-Less Tubular Sponges as Compartmentalized Reaction Containers
in Research volume 2019 (2019)
doi:10.34133/2019/4152536 ...


Schenk, Anna; Eiben, Sabine; Goll, Miriam; Reith, Lukas; Kulak, Alexander N.; Meldrum, Fiona C.; Jeske, Holger; Wege, Christina; Ludwigs, Sabine
Virus-directed formation of electrocatalytically active nanoparticle-based Co₃O₄ tubes
in Nanoscale volume 9 (2017) issue 19. - page 6334-6345
doi:10.1039/C7NR00508C ...


Schenk, Anna; Eiben, Sabine; Goll, Miriam; Reith, Lukas; John, Elisabeth; Kulak, Alex N.; Meldrum, Fiona C.; Wege, Christina; Ludwigs, Sabine
Learning from sea shells : bio-inspired approaches toward mesoscale architectures in functional ...
in Acta Crystallographica Section A volume 72 (2016) issue Suppl.
doi:10.1107/S2053273316099150 ...

Ihli, Johannes; Clark, Jesse N.; Côté, Alexander S.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Schenk, Anna; Kulak, Alexander N.; Comyn, Timothy P.; Chammas, Oliver; Harder, Ross J.; Duffy, Dorothy M.; Robinson, Ian K.; Meldrum, Fiona C.
Strain-relief by single dislocation loops in calcite crystals grown on self-assembled monolayer ...
in Nature Communications volume 7 (2016)
doi:10.1038/ncomms11878 ...


Clark, Jesse N.; Ihli, Johannes; Schenk, Anna; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Kulak, Alexander N.; Campbell, James M.; Nisbet, Gareth; Meldrum, Fiona C.; Robinson, Ian K.
Three-dimensional imaging of dislocation propagation during crystal growth and dissolution
in Nature Materials volume 14 (2015) . - page 780-784
doi:10.1038/nmat4320 ...

Schenk, Anna; Kim, Yi-Yeoun
Unraveling the internal microstructure of biogenic and bioinspired calcite single crystals
in MRS Bulletin volume 40 (2015) issue 6. - page 499-508
doi:10.1557/mrs.2015.100 ...


Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Schenk, Anna; Walsh, Dominic; Kulak, Alexander N.; Cespedes, Oscar; Meldrum, Fiona C.
Bio-inspired formation of functional calcite/metal oxide nanoparticle composites
in Nanoscale volume 6 (2014) issue 2. - page 852-859
doi:10.1039/C3NR05081E ...

Schenk, Anna; Albarracin, Eduardo J.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Ihli, Johannes; Meldrum, Fiona C.
Confinement stabilises single crystal vaterite rods
in Chemical Communications volume 50 (2014) issue 36. - page 4729-4732
doi:10.1039/C4CC01093K ...

Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Schenk, Anna; Ihli, Johannes; Kulak, Alexander N.; Hetherington, Nicola B. J.; Tang, Chiu C.; Schmahl, Wolfgang W.; Griesshaber, Erika; Hyett, Geoffrey; Meldrum, Fiona C.
A critical analysis of calcium carbonate mesocrystals
in Nature Communications volume 5 (2014)
doi:10.1038/ncomms5341 ...

Schenk, Anna; Cantaert, Bram; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Li, Yuting; Read, Elizabeth S.; Semsarilar, Mona; Armes, Steven P.; Meldrum, Fiona C.
Systematic Study of the Effects of Polyamines on Calcium Carbonate Precipitation
in Chemistry of Materials volume 26 (2014) issue 8. - page 2703-2711
doi:10.1021/cm500523w ...


Habraken, Wouter J. E. M.; Tao, Jinhui; Brylka, Laura J.; Friedrich, Heiner; Bertinetti, Luca; Schenk, Anna; Verch, Andreas; Dmitrovic, Vladimir; Bomans, Paul H. H.; Frederik, Peter M.; Laven, Jozua; van der Schoot, Paul; Aichmayer, Barbara; de With, Gijsbertus; DeYoreo, James J.; Sommerdijk, Nico A. J. M.
Ion-association complexes unite classical and non-classical theories for the biomimetic nucleat ...
in Nature Communications volume 4 (2013)
doi:10.1038/ncomms2490 ...


Schenk, Anna; Zlotnikov, Igor; Pokroy, Boaz; Gierlinger, Notburga; Masic, Admir; Zaslansky, Paul; Fitch, Andrew N.; Paris, Oskar; Metzger, Till H.; Cölfen, Helmut; Fratzl, Peter; Aichmayer, Barbara
Hierarchical Calcite Crystals with Occlusions of a Simple Polyelectrolyte Mimic Complex Biomine ...
in Advanced Functional Materials volume 22 (2012) issue 22. - page 4668-4676
doi:10.1002/adfm.201201158 ...

Schenk, Anna; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Kulak, Alexander N.; Meldrum, Fiona C.
Impurities in pluronic triblock copolymers can induce the formation of calcite mesocrystals
in Chemical Geology volume 294-295 (2012) . - page 259-262
doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2011.12.007 ...

Schenk, Anna; Zope, Harshal; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Kros, Alexander; Sommerdijk, Nico A. J. M.; Meldrum, Fiona C.
Polymer-induced liquid precursor (PILP) phases of calcium carbonate formed in the presence of s ...
in Faraday Discussions volume 159 (2012) . - page 327-344
doi:10.1039/C2FD20063E ...


Pokroy, Boaz; Aichmayer, Barbara; Schenk, Anna; Haimov, Boris; Kang, Sung Hoon; Fratzl, Peter; Aizenberg, Joanna
Sonication-Assisted Synthesis of Large, High-Quality Mercury Thiolate Single Crystals Directly ...
in Journal of the American Chemical Society volume 132 (2010) issue 41. - page 14355-14357
doi:10.1021/ja1056449 ...

Anna Schenk

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Colloidal Systems

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk
Department of Chemistry

University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3915
E-mail: anna.schenk@uni-bayreuth.de
Homepage: Colloidal Systems

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