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Volker Schünemann

Date of Birth

09-17-1963 in Lübeck, Germany



Marital status




1993: Dr.rer.nat. (doctor of natural science), received from the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany. Title of the thesis: Magnetic and catalytic properties of iron particles in zeolite NaY. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. A.X. Trautwein

1989: Dipl. Phys. Diploma in Physics received from the Department of Physics, University of Hamburg, Germany, title of diploma thesis: Heterogeneous nucleation of Ag-Pd alloy particles on NaCl(100) substrates.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. R. Anton

1983 - 1989: Studies in Physics at the University of Hamburg

1982: Matriculation standard

Military Service

1982 - 1983: German Army, Eutin


Language & Degree of Proficiency

German - mother tongue

English  - fluent

French   - fair, passive


Special Training

Practical experiences in Mössbauer-, EPR and FTIR- Spectroscopy, electron microscopy, small angle X-ray scattering, temperature-programmed reduction, programming experiences in FORTRAN and BASIC


Memberships of Professional Societies

Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Society for Physics)



10/94- to date Scientist at the Institute of Physics, Medical University of Lübeck

09/93-09/94 Post-doc with Prof. W.M.H. Sachtler at the Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.

01/90-03/94 Teaching assistant in physics for medical students at the Medical University of Lübeck

10/87-10/89 Teaching assistant in physics at the University of Hamburg


Experience in administration and organizational matters

Head of the local organizing comitee of the 7th International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry, Lübeck, Germany, 09/95.


Research Projects

(a) Physical Characterization of catalytic intermediates in enzymatic reactions:

1. high-valent iron(IV)oxo porphyrins as models for Compound 1 and 2 of catalase and peroxidase reactions

2. low-spin ferric heme proteins and synthetic analogues with different axial ligands

3. ribonucleotide reductase and synthetic analogues

4. human tyrosine hydroxylase: Interaction with catechol and corresponding model compounds

(b) Exchange interactions and electron delocalization in model compounds for Fe-S Clusters

(c) Characterization of iron transport and storage in bacteria and funghi by Mössbauer and EPR spectroscopy

(d) Characterization of carbon and polymer supported iron hydroxide clusters by Mössbauer spectroscopy

(e) Preparation and Characterization of a new class of catalysts: Microperoxidase-8 supported on the large pore aluminosilicate MCM-41.