Dr. rer. nat., Universitätsprofessorin

Mirijam Zobel

Director of the institute

Mirijam Zobel Copyright: © Jürgen Rennecke UBT
Institute of Crystallography


Building: 6010

Room: 307

Jägerstraße 17-19

52066 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 96916
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 92184

Professional career

Since 07/2021: Full professor (W3) for Crystallography, RWTH Aachen University

2017 – 2021: Assistant professor (W1) for Solid State Chemistry - Mesostructured Materials, University Bayreuth

2016: Postdoc, Chemistry Department of Aarhus University, Denmark

2011 – 2015: Scientific Staff, Institute for Crystallography and Structural Physics, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

2005 – 2010: D iploma studies of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Scientific degrees

2015: Dr. rer. nat. Kristallographie, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Deutschland

2010: Dipl.-Ing. Chemieingenieurwesen, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Deutschland

Research interests

Structure and dynamics of nanoscale solid-liquid and solid-gas interfaces
Heterogeneous catalysts
Crystallization phenomena and complex interfaces
In-situ experiments of structure elucidation
High-energy X-ray scattering – pair distribution function (PDF)
Quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS)


Publications (before July 2021)

Current publications since July 2021 s. Publications of the institute.


Co catalyzed synthesis of primary amines via reductive amination employing hydrogen under very mild conditions a nanostructured 3d metal catalyst outperforms noble metal catalysts, M. Elfinger, T. Schönauer, S. Thomä, M. Zobel, R. Steglich, M. Drechsler J. Senker, R. Kempe*,
ChemSusChem (2021), doi: 10.1002/cssc.202100553

Trendbericht Festkörperchemie, H. Daoud, A. Slabon, M. Zobel,
Nachrichten aus der Chemie (2021), 69, 2, doi: 10.1002/nadc.20214105500

General synthesis of secondary alkyl amines via reductive alkylation of nitriles by aldehydes and ketones, T. Schönauer, S. J. L. Thomä, L. Kaiser, M. Zobel, R. Kempe*,
Chem. Eur. J. (2020), 26, 1 – 7, doi: 10.1002/chem.202004755, ranked very important paper

Long-term colloidally stable dispersions of 5 nm sized mixed metal ferrites, M. Eckardt, S. L. J. Thomae, M. Dulle, G. Hörner, B. Weber, S. Förster, M. Zobel*,
ChemistryOpen (2020), 9, 1214–1220

Na3-xEr1-xZrxCl6 - A fast halide-based sodium-ion conductor with vacancy-driven ionic transport, R. Schlem, A. Banik, M. Eckardt, C. Rosenbach, M. Zobel, W. G. Zeier*,
ACS Appl. Energy Mater. (2020) 3, 10, 10164–10173, doi: 10.1021/acsaem.0c01870

Structural anomalies and electronic properties of ionic liquids under nanoscale confinement, T.A. Pham, R.M. Coulthard, M. Zobel, A. Maiti, S.F. Buchsbaum, C. Loeb, P.G. Campbell, D.L. Plata, B.C. Wood, F. Fornasiero, E.R. Meshot*,
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (2020), 11, 15, 6150–6155, doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c01810

Hard X-ray-based techniques for structural investigations of CO2 methanation catalysts prepared by MOF decomposition, N. Prinz, L. Schwensow, S. Wendholt, A. Jentys, M. Bauer*, W. Kleist*, M. Zobel*,
Nanoscale (2020), 12, 15800 – 15813, doi: 10.1039/d0nr01750g

Mechanochemical synthesis, a tool to tune cation site-disorder and ionic transport properties of Li3MCl6 (M = Y, Er) superionic conductors, R. Schlem, S. Muy, N. Prinz, A. Banik, Y. Shao-Horn, M. Zobel, W.G. Zeier*,
Adv. Energy Mater. (2020), 10, 1903719, doi:10.1002/aenm.201903719

Rapid crystallization and kinetic entrapment of high site-disorder in the lithium superionic argyrodite Li6PS5Br, A. Gautama, M. Sadowski, N. Prinz, H. Eickhoff, D. Müller, N. Minafra, M. Ghidiu, S. Culver, K. Albe, Th.F. Fässler, M. Zobel, W.G. Zeier*,
Chemistry of Materials 31 (2019), 24, 10178-10185, doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b03852

Pushing data quality for laboratory Pair Distribution Function experiments, S.L.J. Thomä, N. Prinz, Th. Hartmann, M. Teck, S. Correll, M. Zobel*,
Rev. Sci. Instr. 90 (2019), issue 4, doi: 10.1063/1.5093714

Atomic insight into hydration shells around facetted nanoparticles, S.L.J. Thomä, S. W. Krauss, M. Eckardt, P. Chater, M. Zobel*,
Nat. Commun. 10 (2019), 995, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09007-1

Free-Film SANS - A novel container-free in-situ sample environment with minimized H/D-exchange, S.W. Krauss, R. Schweins, A. Magerl, M. Zobel*,
J. Appl. Cryst. 52 (2019), doi: 10.1107/S1600576719000906

Mössbauerite – A New Iron Only Oxygen evolution Electrocatalyst, M. Ertl, C. Andronescu, J. Moir, M. Zobel, F.E. Wagner, S. Barwe, G.A. Ozin*, W. Schuhmann*, J. Breu*,
Chemistry: A European Journal 24 (2018), 36, 9004-9008, doi: 10.1002/chem.201801938

Observing structural reorientations at solvent–nanoparticle interfaces by X-ray diffraction – putting water in the spotlight, M. Zobel*,
Acta Cryst A 72 (2016), 621-631, doi: 10.1107/S205327331601351

The evolution of crystalline ordering for ligand-ornamented zinc oxide nanoparticles, M. Zobel*, A. Windmüller, E. Schmidt, K. Götz, Th. Milek, D. Zahn, S.A.J. Kimber, J.M. Hudspeth, R.B. Neder,
CrystEngComm 18 (2016), 2163-2172, doi: 10.1039/C5CE02099A

Room-temperature sol-gel synthesis of organic ligand-capped ZnO nanoparticles, M. Zobel*, H. Chatterjee, G. Matveeva, U. Kolb, R.B. Neder*,
J. Nanoparticle Res 17 Issue 5 (2015), doi: 10.1007/s11051-015-3006-5

U niversal solvent restructuring induced by colloidal nanoparticles , M. Zobel*, R.B. Neder, S.A.J. Kimber*,
Science 347 (2015), 6219, 292-294, doi: 10.1126/science.1261412

Structure determination of molecular nanocomposites by combining pair distribution function analysis and solid-state NMR , E.-E. Bendeif*, A. Gansmuller, K.-Y. Hsieh, S. Pillet, Th. Woikec, M. Zobel, R.B. Neder, M. Bouazaoui, H. El-Hamzaoui, D. Schaniel*,
RSC Adv. 5 (2015), 8895, doi: 10.1039/C4RA11470A

Formation of highly ordered VO2 nanotubular/nanoporous layers and their supercooling effect in phase transitions, Y. Yang, K.M. Lee, M. Zobel, M. Maćković, T. Unruh, E. Spiecker, P. Schmuki*,
Adv. Materials 24 (2012), 1571–1575, doi: 10.1002/adma.201200073