assoz. Prof. Dr. Stephan Hohloch

Professor of Coordination Chemistry (Molecular Inorganic Chemistry)

Department of General, Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry
University of Innsbruck
Center for Chemistry and Biomedicine
Innrain 80-82
A-6020 Innsbruck

Room: L.01.131


Phone: +43 (512) 507-57035

Fax: +43 (512) 507-57199

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Stephan was born in Stuttgart, Germany and studied chemistry at the University of Stuttgart and the ETH Zurich. He started his PhD studies under the guidance of Prof. Dr. B. Sarkar at the University of Stuttgart in 2010, but moved to the Freie Universität Berlin in 2012, to finish his thesis in the Sarkar group in 2014. During this time, Stephan was exploring the versatility of triazole-derived mesoionic carbenes in catalysis using late transition metals. Afterwards, he joined the Arnold Lab at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a DAAD Postdoc scholar, where he studied the coordiantion behaviour and utility of N-heterocyclic carbenes and marcocyclic ligands (e.g. TMTAA and Corroles) in the chemistry of the actinides and lanthanide.

In 2017, starting his independent career, Stephan was appointed Juniorprofessor at Paderborn University (non-tenure track). He left Paderborn in 2020 when he was appointed Assistant Professor in Coordination Chemistry at the University of Innsbruck. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2024.

His research interest focuses on the use of N-heterocyclic and mesoionic carbenes, as well as phoshpine functionlized ligands in the chemistry of the early transition metals, lanthanides and actinides and their applications in homogeneous catalysis, molecular magnetism and small molecule activation or functionalization.

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Curriculum vitae

2004 - 2010

Studies of Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart and the ETH Zurich

2010 - 2014

PhD Thesis at University of Stuttgart and Freie Universität of Berlin with Prof. Dr. B. Sarkar
(summe cum laude)

2015 - 2017

Postdoc (DAAD) at University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) with Prof. Dr. J. Arnold

2017 - 2019

Junior Professor (W1) in Inorganic Chemisty at the Paderborn University

2020 - 2023

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Inorganic Cheimstry at the University of Innsbruck

since 2024

Associate Professor (Tenure Track) in Inorganic Cheimstry at the University of Innsbruck


Remendation of Student Tuitions by the University of Stuttgart due to excellent undergraduate (Vordiplom) studies


PhD with "summa cum laude" by Freie Universität Berlin


DAAD Postdoc scholarship


Daimler and Benz Foundations Grant


Elected Member of the Young Academy of the Northrhine-Westphalian Academy of Science, Humanities and the Arts


Venia Docendi in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Innsbruck

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