Meet Linus

Prof. Dr. Linus Stegbauer is currently a principal investigator at the Institute of Nanoscale and Biobased Materials at the Technische University Bergakademie Freiberg.

He is interested in the synthesis and chemistry of biomineral inspired nanocomposite materials based on biopolymers and inorganic components to serve as mechanically robust structural materials. His interests focus on how inorganic matter interacts with biopolymers in bulk systems and how this affects the mechanical properties at the nano-, micro-, and macro-scales. External stimuli such as humidity will change properties of biopolymers. Introducing additional responsive behavior by highly functional small molecules into biopolymer matrices is an additional target of his research.

He was a former Liebig-Fellow (funded by the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie) at the Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology (IGVP) of the University of Stuttgart c/o the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology.

He was previously a postdoctoral fellow in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, where he had a DFG fellowship studying the chemistry, role of mineral and organic structure and organization on the mechanics of mollusk teeth by synchrotron X-ray techniques.

He obtained his doctorate in chemistry at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) in combination with the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research where he was a scholar of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie working on porous crystalline polymers, Covalent Organic Frameworks. He expanded them to environmental applications such as water storage and photocatalytic hydrogen generation. His dissertation was honored with the department award of the LMU in 2016.

He completed his M. Sc in chemistry at LMU and University of Oxford in 2011, and his B. Sc. in chemistry at the Technical University of Munich in 2009. He presented his work at over 30 conferences and published 14 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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Curriculum Vitae

Research Appointments

since 09/2023 Junior professor (Biogenic Engineering Materials), Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg
2020-2023 Junior research group, Universität Stuttgart
2016–2019 DFG Postdoc with Prof. D. Joester, Northwestern University, USA
2016 Postdoc with Prof. B. Lotsch, LMU Munich, Germany


2012-2016 Dr. rer. nat. in Covalent Organic Frameworks with Prof. B. Lotsch, LMU Munich (summa cum laude)
2011 Master Thesis, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
2009-2010 Master of Science, LMU Munich, Germany (excellent)
2006-2009 Bachelor of Science, TU Munich, Germany

Fellowships and Awards

2020-2023 Liebig Fellowship
11/2019 Return Fellowship of DFG
08/2018 GRC & GRS Biomineralization conference speaker fellowship
06/2018 GSO Leadership Academy 2018 Fellowship
02/2018 Travel Grant of Northwestern University.
10/2017 DFG Research Fellowship over two years
08/2017 GAIN travel award
06/2017 ACCGE-21 Speaker Scholarship
12/2016 Award for excellent dissertation of the Dr. Klaus Römer-Stiftung
2014 CeNS travel award
2012-2015 VCI Chemiefonds Fellowship
2011 Chemistry, Master degree, grade: Excellent (Top 2% at LMU)
2009 Chemistry, Bachelor degree, grade: Good (Top 10% at TUM)