The Group Members

Oksana Smirnova

Oksana Smirnova did her BSc in chemistry, and her MSc in nanosystems and nanomaterials at Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), where she worked with Prof. Dr. Alexey Povolotskiy in the scientific group of Prof. Dr. Yuri Tveryanovich in 2021. Additionally, she was employed as research engineer at Institute of Silicate Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences from 2020-2021. From September 2021 she joined the group of Dr. Alexander Knebel at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) and is working on gas transport in stimuli responsive MOFs on the Carl-Zeiss Foundation Project.

Bahram Hosseini Monjezi

Bahram Hosseini Monjezi studied Chemistry at the Isfahan University of Technology (Iran) and received his master’s degree with Prof. Mehran Ghiaci in 2012. After several years at the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (Iran), he returned to academia and is currently conducting PhD research in the group of Dr. Alexander Knebel at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) at the Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) (Germany). His work focuses on porous-organic/metal–organic framework mixed matrix membranes and thin films with specific properties, e.g. luminescence and energy transfer of host-guest systems in the DFG funded Priority Program 1928  “COORNETs”.

Samira Savani

Samira Savani received her bachelor in chemistry in 2016 at Tabriz University in Iran and master in chemistry in 2021 from Koc University. During her graduate studies, she worked in the Kolemen Lab in the field of organic chemistry on the synthesis of molecules relevant for cancer therapy. She now uses her knowledge in the Knebel Lab, at the Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM) at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, for the development of special metal-organic and covalent organic frameworks (COFs) for gas separation membrane applications. Outside the lab, she enjoys travelling, painting and learns coding.


Dr. Alexander Knebel

Alexander Knebel studied Chemistry at the Leibniz University Hanover (Germany) and received his Dr. rer. nat. in Chemistry from Prof. Dr. Jürgen Caro at the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry (PCI) in 2018. He joined Prof. Dr. Jorge Gascon at the KAUST Catalysis Centre of the King Abdullah University of Science Technology (Saudi Arabia) for around half a year as visiting researcher in 2018, before he returned as postdoctoral fellow to the PCI at Leibniz University Hanover (Germany). In 2019 he then joined the group of Prof. Dr. Christof Wöll and the Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as postdoctoral fellow (Germany), where he became Junior Sub Group Leader in 2020. In 06/2021, he got a Carl-Zeiss Foundation “Breakthrough” Fellowship and joined the institute of Prof. Dr. Lothar Wondraczek, the Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM), at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena as independent group leader. The next step for him is his habilitation over the next few years.

Visiting Researchers

Dr. Orhan Sisman:  He is visiting the Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research from 11/2021 for 1 year and works jointly with Wondraczek & Knebel in the field of MOF-glass within an exchange program from Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, FunGlass Centre.

Former Members

Dr. Beren Sén – She is now working at Vektor Pharma TF GmbH! Congratulations.