Dr. Katharina Schröder (nee Bica) was born in Vienna, Austria in 1980. In 1998 she started her studies of Technical Chemistry at Vienna University of Technology and received her Master degree in Organic Synthesis and Technology in 2003.
After completing her PhD degree (Title: Chiral and metal containing ionic liquids in organic synthesis) in Technical Chemistry from Vienna University of Technology in 2006, she accepted a position as research fellow at QUILL (The Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratory) in Belfast, UK working with Prof. Kenneth R. Seddon and Prof. Robin D. Rogers, in the field of green chemistry and ionic liquids. During her two-year stay at The Queen’s University, she was working in close contact with QUILL’s industrial advisory board and gained experience in industrial requirements and practice-oriented synthetic chemistry. In 2009, she joined the Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry at the Technical University of Denmark for a short research stay with Prof. Rasmus Fehrmann.
After returning to Vienna University of Technology in 2010, she established her independent research career focused on green and sustainable chemistry. In 2015, she finalized her Habilitation and was awarded the Venia docendi in “Organic Chemistry”. Since 2016, she is holding a tenured position (Laufbahnstelle). Her research interests are based on sustainable organic chemistry, with a special focus (i) on clean catalysis in water with micellar systems and microemulsion, (ii) on the recovery of valuable ingredients from industrial waste streams using advanced fluid technologies or on (iii) novel catalytic processes with alterative solvents.
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