Catalyst Synthesis for Sustainable Processes

The Schoefberger Lab is focused on research in several areas of synthetic organic chemistry. These include a heavy emphasis on green chemistry and sustainable chemistry. We invite you to explore our web site to learn more about our programs.

We focus on the design of novel catalysts for:

- carbon dioxide activation & conversion
- water oxidation reactions (WOR)
- oxygen reduction reactions (ORR)

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Group Leader - Schoefberger Lab

Curriculum Vitae


1992 – 1999: Studyprogram: Technical Chemistry, University of Technology Graz, Austria.

1999 - 2002: PhD Thesis in field of Organometallic Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry (passed with distinction) at the Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Organic Materials.

01/2003 - 6/2004: Postdoctoral Studies at the Chemistry Department of New York University.

7/2004 – 01/2005: Postdoctoral Research at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at JKU and Postdoctoral Research at the Department of Structure and Function of Proteins at University Budweis České Budějovice.

02/2005 - 12/2005: Postdoctoral Research at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, JKU Linz.

01/2006 - 04/2006: Researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York City.

05/2006  –11/2007: Research Associate at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, JKU Linz.

11/2007 - 11/2013: Research Associate at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, JKU Linz.

8th March 2012: Postdoctoral lecture qualification in Bioorganic Chemistry, accepted at the Johannes Kepler University.

2013 - 2014: Guest-lecturer at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, University Vienna.

April 2016: Associate Professorship at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.

Chairman of the AG-NMR Working Party of the Austrian Chemical Society and the GÖCH Working Group Upper Austria.
Professional Society Memberships: Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Austrian Chemical Society (GÖCh) and American Chemical Society (ACS).


Schrödinger Fellowship at New York University, supported by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund), 35 k€.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, 20 k€.

Standalone FWF-Project (P18384): “Solid state and liquid NMR of biomolecular metal complexes”, 320 k€.

WTZ-Research Project (Austria-Czech Republic): “Computer-Assisted Solid-State NMR Investigations of Polymorphic Systems”, 5 k€.

Research Project-EU-NMR (Contract # RII3-026145): Center for Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance (BMRZ), Frankfurt, Germany, High field solution 31P NMR experiments, 10 k€.

FFG-Bridge-Project: „Preclinical development of an Off-the-Shelf individualized cancer-immunotherapy- In situ DC-CIT“, 519 K€.

Standalone FWF-Project (D-A-CH, I958-N20): “High-Valent Metal Tetrapyrrolics for Surface-Supported Catalysis”, accepted by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 670 k€,  (Research Cooperation with Prof. Johannes Barth (TUM), Prof. Wolf-Gero Schmidt (Uni-Paderborn) and Prof. Reinhold Koch (JKU)).

Standalone FWF-Project (P28167-N34): Oxygen- and hydrogen evolution triggered by surface-supported catalysts, 320 k€, accepted in May 2015.

Scientific & Technological Cooperation with India 2018 – 2020 Duration of project: 2 years (July 1st, 2018 – June 30th, 2020), Project No. IN 21/2018
“Investigation of Water Soluble Manganese Corrole Complexes as Bifunctional Catalysts to Device an Artificial Photosynthetic System” (Project colaborator: Prof. Abhishek Dey, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata).

Standalone FWF-Project (P32045-N37): Metallocorrole-based Catalysts for Biomass Valorization, 395 k€, accepted in January 2019

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Group members & former group members


Graduate Students:

  • DI Martin Häubl (2006-2009)
  • DI Michaela Hornicakova (2009-2012)
  • DI Lorenz Reith (2009-2012)
  • DI Stefan Aichhorn (2012-2016)
  • Dipl. Chem. Anne Linhardt (2013-2016)
  • Sabrina Gonglach M.Sc. (2016-2019)
  • Michael Haas M.Sc. (2016-2019)
  • Daniel Timelthaler M.Sc.(2019-2021)
  • Jessica Michalke (M.Sc.)
  • Dominik Krisch (M.Sc.) (2019-2021)


Undergraduate Students:

  • Martin Nausner (2006)
  • Susanne Schürz (2007)
  • Michaela Hornicakova (2007)
  • Michael König (2010-2011)
  • Christian Reisecker (2010)
  • Florian Lengwin (2010)
  • Claudia Fehlhofer (2009)
  • Melanie Schmidlehner (2012)
  • Felix Faschinger (2013-2014)
  • Markus Nadlinger (2014)
  • Sabrina Gonglach (2016)
  • Michael Haas (2016)


Bachelor Students:

  • Felix Faschinger (2012)
  • Christine Schlucker (2012)
  • Bianca Spitzbart (2012)
  • Dominik Farka (2012)
  • Robin Rohringer (2013)
  • Armin Guntner (2015)
  • Paul Sunzenauer (2015)
  • Doris Dressnandt (2015)
  • Sebastian Berthold (2016)
  • Felix Pillwein (2017)
  • Clemens Eichler (2018)
  • Marko Trathnigg (2018)
  • Aljosa Smajic (2018)


Post-Doctoral Researchers:

  • Matthias Bechmann
  • Suru Vivian John-Denk
  • Ruth Gößler


Selected Covers and TOCs



Mechanochemical synthesis of freebase and metal corroles, Adrian Dorniak, Michael Haas, Oliver Brüggemann, Ian Teasdale, and Wolfgang Schöfberger, J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines 2021, submitted.

Review Article: Recent progress in (photo-)-electrochemical conversion of CO2 with metal porphyrinoid- systems, Dzeneta Dedic, Adrian Dorniak, Uwe Rinner, and Wolfgang Schöfberger, Front. Chem. 2021, accepted 

"Front. Chem. | doi: 10.3389/fchem.2021.685619"

Selective and additive-free hydrogenation of nitroarenes mediated by a DMSO-tagged molecular cobalt corrole catalyst,  Daniel Timelthaler; Wolfgang Schöfberger; Christoph Topf, European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2021, accepted.

Gallium(III) corrole complexes as near-infrared emitter – synthesis, computational and photophysical study, Michael Haas, Dominik Krisch, Sabrina Gonglach, Matthias Bechmann, Markus C. Scharber, Martin Ertl, Uwe Monkowius, and Wolfgang Schöfberger, European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2021, 10, 1525-1537.


Stabilisation of tri-valent ions with a vacant coordination site at a corrole–metal interface, PS Deimel, PC Aguilar, M Paszkiewicz, DA Duncan, JV Barth, W. Schöfberger, F. Allegretti, Chemical Communications 2020, 56 (76), 11219-11222.

Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to Acetic Acid by a Molecular Manganese Corrole Complex, Ratnadip De, Sabrina Gonglach, Shounik Paul, Michael Haas, S. S. Sreejith, Philipp Gerschel, Ulf-Peter Apfel, Huyen Vuong, Jabor Rabeah, Soumyajit Roy, and Wolfgang Schöfberger, Angew. Chem. 2020, 132, 26, 10614-10621.


Meso-alkynyl corroles and their cobalt(III), manganese(III), and gallium(III) complexes, Michael Haas, Sabrina Gonglach, and Wolfgang Schöfberger, J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines 2019; 23, 1–13.

Molecular Cobalt Corrole Complex for the Heterogeneous Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide on carbon fiber electrodes, Sabrina Gonglach, Shounik Paul, Michael Haas, Felix Pillwein, Sreejith S. Sreekumar, Soumitra Barman, Ratnadip De, Stefan Müllegger, Philipp Gerschel, Ulf-Peter Apfel, Halime Coskun, Abdalaziz Aljabour, Philipp Stadler, Wolfgang Schöfberger,* Soumyajit Roy*, Nat. Commun. 2019,10, 3864.

Co-function of protons as dopant and reactant activate the electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution in emeraldine-polyguanine, Halime Coskun*, Abdalaziz Aljabour, Wolfgang Schöfberger, Andreas Hinterreiter, David Stifter, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, and Philipp Stadler, Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 7, 1901364.


Synthesis and characterization of meso-substituted A2B corroles with extended π-electronic structure; M. Haas, S. Gonglach S. Müllegger, W Schöfberger, Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly, 2018, 773-781.

Identifying On‐Surface Site‐Selective Chemical Conversions by Theory‐Aided NEXAFS Spectroscopy, The Case of Free‐Base Corroles on Ag (111); H. Aldahhak, M. Paszkiewicz, E. Rauls, F. Allegretti, S. Tebi, A.C. Papageorgiou, Y‐Q Zhang, L. Zhang, T. Lin, T. Paintner, R. Koch, W. G. Schmidt, J.V. Barth, W. Schöfberger, S. Müllegger, F. Klappenberger, U. Gerstmann, Chem. Eur. J., 2018, 24, 26, 6787-6797.

Unraveling the Oxidation and Spin State of Mn-Corrole through X-ray Spectroscopy and Quantum Chemical Analysis, M. Paszkiewicz, T. Biktagirov, H. Aldahhak, F. Allegretti, E. Rauls, W. Schöfberger, W, G, Schmidt, J, V. Barth, U. Gerstmann, F. Klappenberger, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 922, 6412–6420.

Single-molecule chemical reduction induced by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy: a case study of Gold-porphyrin on Au(111), S. Müllegger, M. Rashidi, W. Schöfberger, and R. Koch, Surf. Sci. 2018, 678, 157-162 .

DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2018.04.018

Edible Insects and Other Chitin-Bearing Foods in Ethnic Peru: Accessibility, Nutritional Acceptance, and Food-Security Implications, Nicola Manno, Walter Zelada Estraver, Cezar Medina Tafur, Carlos Leon Torres, Clemens Schwarzinger, Manuela List, Wolfgang Schoefberger, Freddy R. Mejìa Coico, José Mostacero Leon, Andrea Battisti Maurizio G. Paoletti, Journal of Ethnobiology 2018, 38(3), 424-447.


Biofunctionalized conductive polymers enable efficient CO2 electroreduction, H. Coskun, A. Aljabour, A. P. de Luna, D. Farka, T. Greunz, D. Stifter, M. Kus, X. Zheng, M. Liu, A. W. Hassel,  W. Schöfberger, E. H. Sargent, N. S.Sariciftci, P. Stadler, Science Advances 2017, 3.

Cellular interfaces with hydrogen-bonded organic semiconductor hierarchical nanocrystals, M. Sytnyk, M. Jakešová, M. Litviňuková, O. Mashkov, D. Kriegner, J. Stangl, J. Nebesářová, F. W. Fecher, W. Schöfberger, N. S. Sariciftci, R. Schindl, W. Heiss, E. D. Głowacki, Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, 91.

On the cover: A pH-sensitive macromolecular prodrug as TLR7/8 targeting immune response modifier, S.  Aichhorn, A. Linhardt,  A.  Halfmann, M.  Nadlinger, S. Kirchberger, M. Stadler, B. Dillinger, M. Distel, A. Dohnal,  I. Teasdale and W. Schöfberger, Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 17721-17726.

CO2 Fixation with Epoxides under Mild Conditions with a Cooperative Metal Corrole - Quaternary Ammonium Salt Catalyst System, M. Tiffner, S. Gonglach, M. Haas, W. Schöfberger*, and M. Waser*, Chem. Asian J. 2017, 12(10), 1048-1051.

Anderson-localization and the Mott-Ioffe-Regel limit in glassy-metallic PEDOT; D. Farka, H. Coskun, J. Gasiorowski, C. Cobet, K. Hingerl, L. M. Uiberlacker, S.Hild, T. Greunz, D. Stifter, N. S. Sariciftci, R. Menon, W. Schoefberger, C. C. Mardare, A. W. Hassel, C. Schwarzinger, M. C. Scharber, P. Stadler, Adv. Electron. Mater., 2017, 3, 1700050.

On-Surface Site-Selective Cyclization of Corrole Radicals; S.Tebi, M. Paszkiewicz, H. Aldahhak, F. Allegretti, S. Gonglach, M. Haas, M. Waser, P. S. Deimel, P. Casado Aguilar, Yi-Qi Zhang, A. C. Papageorgiou, D. A. Duncan, J. V. Barth, W. G. Schmidt, R. Koch, U. Gerstmann, E. Rauls, F. Klappenberger, W. Schöfberger*, and S. Müllegger*, ACS Nano 2017, 11 (3), 3383–3391.

Quasi-epitaxial Metal-Halide Perovskite Ligand Shells on PbS Nanocrystals, M. Sytnyk, S. Yakunin, W. Schöfberger, R. T. Lechner, M. Burian, L. Ludescher, N. A. Killilea, A. A. Y. Amin, D. Kriegner, J. Stangl, H. Groiss, and W. Heiss, ACS Nano 2017 11 (2), 1246-1256.


Special Issue "Biodegradable Polymers": Biodegradable polyphosphazene based peptide-polymer hybrids, A. Linhardt, M. König, W. Schöfberger, A. Andrianov, O. Brüggemann, I. Teasdale, Polymers 2016, 2016, 8(4), 161.

Synthesis and oxidative stability of phenolic antioxidants immobilized by cellulose nanocrystals, S. Weigl, K. Bretterbauer, W. Schöfberger, C. Paulik, Polym. Degrad. Stab. 2016, 128, 253-259.

doi:10.1016/ j.polymdegradstab.2016.03.022

Invited mini-review dedicated to Prof. Kevin M Smith: The evolution of corrole synthesis – from simple one-pot strategies to sophisticated ABC-corroles, M. König, F. Faschinger, L. M.Reith, and W. Schöfberger, Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 2016, 20, 96-107.

A bi-functional electro-catalyst for oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction reactions in water, W. Schöfberger, F. Faschinger, S. Chattopadhyay, S. Bhakta, B. Mondal, J. A. A. W. Elemans, S. Müllegger, S. Tebi, R. Koch, F. Klappenberger, M. Paszkiewicz, J. V. Barth, E. Rauls, H. Aldahhak, W. G. Schmidt, and A. Dey, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 2350-2355.

doi: 10.1002/ anie.201508404

doi: 10.1002/ange.201508404

Resolving Non-Trivial Structure of Molecular Networks: a Corrole Case Study, S. Tebi, G. Serrano, H. Aldahhak, W. Schöfberger, E. Rauls, W. G. Schmidt, R. Koch, S. Müllegger, Nanotechnology 2016, 27, 025704.

doi:10.1088/ 0957-4484/27/2/025704


On the cover: Synthesis of Quinoxalines or Quinolin-8-amines from N-Propargyl Aniline Derivatives employing Tin and Indium Chlorides, S. Aichhorn, M. Himmelsbach, and W. Schöfberger, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2015, 13, 9373-9380.

doi: 10.1039/C5OB01532D

Observation of high-valent manganese(V)-corrole complexes during metalation of meso-functionalized A3-corroles under aerobic conditions, A. Guntner, F. Faschinger, S. Müllegger, W. Schöfberger, Synlett 2015, 26, 2180-2184.

doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1378819

Synthesis, characterization, and description of influences on the stabilizing activity of antioxidant functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes, S. Weigl, K. Bretterbauer, G. Hesser, W. Schöfberger, C. Paulik, Carbon 2015, 81, 305-313.


Structure of Framework Aluminum Lewis Sites and Perturbed Aluminum Atoms in Zeolites as Determined by 27Al{1H} REDOR (3Q) MAS NMR Spectroscopy and DFT/Molecular Mechanics, J. Brus, L. Kobera, W. Schoefberger, M. Urbanová, P. Klein, P. Sazama, E. Tabor, S. Sklenak, A. V. Fishchuk, J. Dědeček, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 2, 541-545 and Angew. Chem. 2015, 127, 2, 551-555.

doi: 10.1002/anie.201409635


Benchmarking the SNAr reaction on bismuth A3-corroles, F. Faschinger, S. Aichhorn, M. Himmelsbach, W. Schöfberger, Synthesis, 2014, 46, 3085-3096.

doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1379012

On the cover: Nuclear and electronic resonance spectroscopy of single molecules by radio-frequency scanning tunneling microscopy, S. Müllegger, S. Tebi, A. K. Das, W. Schöfberger, F. Faschinger, R. Koch, Phys. Rev. Lett. 2014, 133001.

On the cover: Organic nanocrystals from latent pigments for environmentally-friendly electronics on flexible (paper) substrates, M. Sytnyk, S. Yakunin, E. D. Glowacki, G. Voss, W. Schöfberger, D. Kriegner, J. Stangl, R. Trotta, N. S. Sariciftci, W. Heiss, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136 (47), 16522–16532.

doi: 10.1021/ja5073965

Chain - end functionalized polyphosphazenes via a one-pot phosphine-initiated living polymerization, S. Wilfert, H.Henke, W. Schöfberger, O. Brüggemann, I. Teasdale, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2014, 35 (12): 1135-41.

doi: 10.1002/marc.201400114

Millipedes as Food for Humans: Their Nutritional and Possible Antimalarial Value—A First Report, H. Enghoff, S. Tchibozo, M. List, C. Schwarzinger, B. Schwarzinger, W. Schöfberger, N. Manno, M. G. Paoletti, 2014.



Festkörper-NMR-Spektroskopie in der Koordinationschemie, W. Schöfberger, Nachrichten aus der Chemie, 61, 2013, 930-932.

doi: 10.1002/nadc.201390286

Water-soluble polymers with a biodegradable polyphosphazene backbone: synthesis, degradation behavior and biocompatibility studies, S. Wilfert, A. Iturmendi, W. Schöfberger, O. Brüggemann, I. Teasdale, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2013, 287-294.

doi: 10.1002/pola.27002

Photocatalytic Reduction of Artificial and Natural Nucleotide Cofactors with a Chlorophyll-Like Tin-Dihydroporphyrin Sensitizer, K. T. Oppelt, E. Wöß, M. Stiftinger, W. Schöfberger, W. Buchberger, G. Knör, Inorg. Chem. 2013, 11910–11922.

doi: 10.1021/ic401611v

Reversible biofunctionalization of surfaces with a switchable mutant of avidin, P. Pollheimer, B. Niederhauser, A. Scherfler, S. Gusenkov, M. Creus, P. Wiesauer, D. Zauner, W. Schöfberger, C. Schwarzinger, A. Ebner, H. Stutz, V. P. Hytönen, H. J. Gruber, Bioconjugate Chem., 2013, 1656-1668.

doi: 10.1021/bc400087e

Role of Non-Innocent Pyridine Ligands in Isolation of an Unprecedented Sn(0) Complex, J. Flock, A. Torvisco, A. Suljanovic, W. Schöfberger, R. Fischer, M. Flock, Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 15504-15517.

doi: 10.1002/chem.20130134

Synthesis and properties of water soluble non-metallated and metallated A2B- and A3- corrole/amino acid and amino sulfonic acid conjugates, M. Schmidlehner, F. Faschinger, L. M. Reith, M. Ertl, W. Schöfberger, Appl. Organomet. Chem., 2013, 27(7), 395-405.

doi: 10.1002/aoc.2992

Influence of alkylaluminium co-catalysts on TiCl4 transalkylation and formation of active centers C* in Ziegler-Natta catalysts, H. Trischler, W. Schöfberger, C. Paulik, Macromol. React. Eng. 2013, Vol. 7, 3-4, 146–154.

doi: 10.1002/mren.201200064


Bi(III) Corroles: A Versatile Platform for the Synthesis of Functionalized Corroles, L. M. Reith, M. König, C. Schwarzinger, W. Schöfberger, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2012, 4342-4349.

doi: 10.1002/ejic.201200697

Spectroscopic STM studies of Single Surface-Supported Free-Base Corroles, M. Rashidi, S. Müllegger, M. Roithner, W. Schöfberger, R. Koch, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134(1), 91-94.

doi: 10.1021/ja908157j

A water soluble tri-cationic porphyrin-EDTA conjugate induces apoptosis in human neuroendocrine tumor cell lines, G. Schwach, P. Thamyongkit, L. M. Reith, B. Svejda, G. Knör, R. Pfragner, and W. Schöfberger, Bioorg. Chem., 2012, 40, 108-113.


Habilitation Thesis: “Synthesis and Characterization of Functionalized Porphyrins and Corroles for the Development of Anticancer Strategies in Neuroendocrine Tumors and the Design of Corrole Complexes of the Period Six Main Group Metals", 2012.


Syntheses, Crystal Structures, Reactivity, and Photochemistry of Gold(III) Bromides bearing N-heterocyclic Carbenes, C. Hirtenlehner, C. Krims, J. Hölbling, M. List, M. Zabel, M. Fleck, R. J. F. Berger, W. Schöfberger, U. Monkowius, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 9899–9910.


Preserving charge and oxidation state of Au(III) ions in an agent-functionalized nanocrystal model system, S. Muellegger, W. Schöfberger, M. Rashidi, T. Lengauer, F. Klappenberger, K. Diller, K. Kara, J. Barth, E. Rauls, W. Schmidt, R. Koch, 2011, ACS Nano, 5(8), 6480–6486.

doi: 10.1021/nn201708c

Synthesis and Characterization of a stable Bismuth(III) A3 – Corrole, L. M. Reith, M. Stiftinger, U. Monkowius, G. Knör and W. Schöfberger, Inorg. Chem., 50 (14), 6788–6797.

doi: 10.1021/ic200840m

Functional Nanoscale Additives for Ultra-Durable Coating Powder Polymers, D. Holzmann, W. Schöfberger, D. Holzinger, T. Schmidt, G. Knör, Monatsh. Chem., 2011, 142, 855-860.

Suzuki-Miyaura Cross- Coupling Reaction On Copper-trans-A2B Corroles With Excellent Functional Group Tolerance, M. König, L. M. Reith, U. Monkowius, G. Knör, K. Bretterbauer, W. Schöfberger, Tetrahedron, 2011, 4243-4252.


Backbone assignment and secondary structure of the PsbQ protein from Photosystem II, M. Horničáková, J. Kohoutová, J. Schlagnitweit, C. Wohlschlager, R. Ettrich, R. Fiala, W. Schöfberger, N. Müller, Biomolecular NMR Assignments, 2011, 5(2),169-175.


Asymmetric saddling of single porphyrin molecules on Au(111), S. Muellegger, M. Rashidi, T. Lengauer, E. Rauls, W. G. Schmidt, G. Knör, W. Schöfberger and R. Koch, Physical Review 2011, B 83, 165416.


Recent Developments in Heteronuclear Multiple-Bond Correlation Experiments – Bookchapter, W. Schöfberger, J. Schlagnitweit, M. Müller, Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy, 72, Edited by Graham Webb, Royal Society of Chemistry Burlington House, London, UK, Hardbound, 2011, 1-60.

eBook ISBN :9780123858580 // Print Book ISBN :9780123858573

Determination of 3J(1H3’-31P) couplings in a DNA oligomer with enhanced sensitivity employing a constant-time TOCSY difference experiment, L. M. Reith, J. Schlagnitweit, V. Smrecki, G. Knör, N. Müller, W.Schöfberger, Magn. Res. Chem., 2011, 49, 125-128.

doi: 10.1002/mrc.2729

Electronic Spectra and Photochemical Reactivity of Bismuth Corrole Complexes, L. M. Reith; M. Himmelsbach; W. Schöfberger, Günther Knör, J. Photochem. Photobiol. A, 2011, 218, 247-253.

doi:10.1016/ j.jphotochem.2011.01.008


Lead corrole complexes in solution Powerful multielectron transfer reagents for redox catalysis, W. Schöfberger, F. Lengwin, L. M. Reith, M. List, G. Knör, Inorg. Chem. Comm. 13, 2010, 1187-1190.


Asymmetrically substituted Cationic Indole- and Fluorene Porphyrins inhibit Tumor Proliferation in small Intestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors and Medullary Thyroid Carcinomas, B. Svejda, M. Haeubl, S. Schürz, L.M. Reith, B. Gruber, R. Pfragner, W. Schöfberger, Eur. J. Med. Chem., 45, 2010, 760-773.



European Patent (EP09003727.6-2117): Synthesis of new asymmetrically meso-substituted water-soluble porphyrins acting as cytostatic agents, 2009.

Brominated Anthraquinone Pigments from the Stalked Crinoid Proisocrinus ruberrimus, K. Wolkenstein, W. Schöfberger, N. Mueller, T. Oji, J. Nat. Prod., 72 (11), 2009, 2036–2039.

doi: 10.1021/np900171h

Spectroscopic STM studies on single Gold(III)-porphyrin molecules, S. Müllegger, W. Schöfberger, M. Rashidi, L. M. Reith, and R. Koch, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131(49), 2009, 17740-17741.

doi: 10.1021/ja908157j

Conformation of Receptor Adopted upon Interaction with Virus Revealed by Site-Specific Fluorescence Quenchers and FRETAnalysis, J. Wruss,; P.D. Pollheimer, I. Meindl, , W. Schöfberger, H. Gruber, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131 2009, 5478-5482.

doi: 10.1021/ja807917t

DNA interactions and photocatalytic strand cleavage by artificial nucleases based on water-soluble gold(III) porphyrins, M. Haeubl; L.M. Reith, B. Gruber, W. Schöfberger J. Biol. Inorg. Chem., 14(7) 2009, 1037-1052.



Characterization of the sodium binding sites in ATP by 23Na-solid-state NMR and ab initio calculations, M. Nausner, J. Brus, M. Häubl, N. Müller and W. Schöfberger, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2008, 1071-1077.


A carbohydrate-linked hypericinic photosensitizing agent, J. Zuschrader, W. Schöfberger and H.Falk, Chem. Monthly 2008, 139, 1387-1390.

doi: 10.1007/s00706-008-0928-y


Homonuclear long-range correlation spectra from HMBC- experiments by covariance processing, W. Schöfberger, V. Smrecki, D. Vikic-Topic and Norbert Müller, Magn. Reson. Chem. 2007, 45, 7, 583-589.

doi: 10.1002/mrc.2013


Computational Studies of RNA and DNA, Bookchapter: W. Schöfberger, V. Sychrovsky, L. Trantirek, (Challenges and Advances in Computational Chemistry and Physics 2 (Springer-Hardcover) by Jiri Sponer (Editor), Filip Lankas (Editor), 2006, Chapter 20. (

SBN: 978-1-4020-4794-7 (Print) 978-1-4020-4851-7 (Online)

Insight into Framework Destruction in Ultramarine Pigments, E. Del Federico, W. Schöfberger, J. Schelvis, S. Kapetanaki, L. Tyne, and A. Jerschow, Inorg. Chem., 45, 2006, 1270-1276.

doi: 10.1021/ic050903z


Secondary structure estimation of recombinant psbH, encoding a photosynthetic membrane protein of cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, D. Stys, W. Schöfberger, Z. Halbhuber, J. Ristvejova, N. Müller, R. Ettrich, Photosynthetica, 43(3) 2005,421-424.

doi: 10.1007/s11099-005-0067-1

Separated Quadrupolar Field Experiment, R. Kumar, W. Ling, W. Schöfberger and A. Jerschow, J. Magn. Reson.172, 2005, 209-213.


Solid-state NMR and resonance Raman studies of ultramarine pigments, E. Del Federico, W. Schöfberger; R. Kumar, et al. Conference Information: 7th Symposium on Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology, held at the 2004 MRS Fall Meeting, Date: NOV 30-DEC 03, 2004 Boston MA, Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology VII Volume: 852 2005, 247-254.



Ruthenium- Initiated ROMP of Nitrile Monomers, S. Demel, S. Riegler, K. Wewerka, W. Schöfberger, C. Slugovc, and F. Stelzer, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 345, 2003, 363-366.


Benchmarking of Ruthenium Initiators for the ROMP of Norbornene-dicarboxylic Acid Esters, S. Demel, W. Schöfberger, C. Slugovc, and F. Stelzer, J. Mol. Cat. A, 2003, 1-9.


Photoinduced Changes of the Refractive Index in Substituted Fluorenyl-p-phenylene Copolymers, W. Schöfberger, N. Zaami, K. A. Mahler, G. Langer, G. Jakopic, A. Pogantsch, W. Kern, F. Stelzer, Macromol. Chem. and Phys., 2003, 204, 779-786.

doi: 10.1002/macp.200390063

Invited Talks

  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Catalyst Design for the CO2 Reduction Reaction, November 13th, 2019.
  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse, Catalyst Design for CO2 Reduction/Fixation and Water Oxidation/Reduction (OER/ORR), October 23rd, 2019.
  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, 43rd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, Sendai, Japan, July 30th-August 4th, 2018.
  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, 10th International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, The Design of Highly Efficient Non-Precious Metal Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction, Oxygen Evolution and CO2 fixation/Reduction, Munich, July 1st -6th, 2018.
  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, 233rd Electrochemical Society Meeting, The Design of Highly Efficient Non-Precious Metal Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction, Oxygen Evolution and CO2 fixation/Reduction, Seattle, WA, May 13th, 2018 (Session Chair).
  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, Polish Academy of Science, Functionalized metal corroles for OER, ORR, and CO2 fixation reaction and the substrate-mediated generation of corrole radicals, October 18th, 2017.
  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, 8K presentation entitled: All Life is (Biological) Chemistry - From (Macro) Molecular Structure to Medicine, Ars Electronica Center in Linz, March 30th, 2017.
  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, 5th Symposium on Advanced Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SABIC-2017), Bi-functional electro-catalysts for oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction reactions in water and the substrate-mediated generation of corrole radical, Kolkata, India, January 8th, 2017.
  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, 42nd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, ICCC 2016, “Coordination Chemistry of Corroles”, July 3rd-8th, 2016, Brest, France.
  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, Gordon Research Conferences, Chemistry & Biology of Tetrapyrroles, “Free-base and high-valent metal tetrapyrrolics for catalysis and biomedical applications”, July 20-25th, 2014, Salve Regina University Newport, RI, USA.
  • Wolfgang Schöfberger, International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP), “Bismuth(III)Corroles: A Versatile Platform for the Synthesis of Functionalized Corroles", June 22-27th, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.



  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry - LVA-Nr.: 347.309

  • Organic Chemistry - LVA-Nr.: 347307

  • Biochemistry - LVA-Nr.: 347342

  • Introduction into Instrumental Analytics for Life-Sciences - LVA-Nr.: 347.343

  • Organische Chemie für Molekulare Biowissenschaften - LVA-Nr.: 347.380

  • In-depth fundamentals of Preparative Organic Chemistry for Biological Chemistry -  LVA-Nr.: 347343

  • Lab Course in Inorganic Chemistry - LVA-Nr.: 348.002

  • Lab-Course in Preparative Organic Chemistry II

(The lecture notes are provided in the Kepler University Study Support System (KUSSS))