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Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. Sonja Pullen Photo of Dr. Sonja Pullen

(+49)231 755-8678


Technische Universität Dortmund
Anorganische Chemie
Otto-Hahn-Straße 6
44227 Dortmund

Campus Adresse
Campus Nord

Room C1-05-728


Curriculum Vitae

Since March 2018

Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Project No. 798103) in the group of Prof. Guido H. Clever TU Dortmund.

2012 – 2017

PhD in Chemistry: Mimicking the Outer Coordination Sphere in [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Active Site Models: From Extended Ligand Design to Metal-Organic Frameworks. In the group of Prof. Sascha Ott, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

January 2014- February 2014

Guest researcher in the lab of Prof. Seth Cohen University of California, San Diego (UCSD), La Jolla, California (Metal-Organic Frameworks, Post-synthetic modification)

October 2012

Guest researcher in the group of Dr. Matthias Stein, Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics of complex technical systems, Magdeburg, Germany. (Molecular Simulations and Design).

2010 – 2012

MSc Chemistry:  Synthesis and Mechanistic Investigations of Biomimetic [FeFe] Hydrogenase Active Site Model Complexes. Thesis in the group of Prof. Sascha Ott, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

2007 – 2010

BSc Chemistry: Synthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks and their Application for Catalysis. Thesis in the group of Prof. Frank Glorius, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany.

September 2008

Research Internship in the group of Prof. Benjamin List, Max-Planck-Institut for Coal Research, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany.


Awards and Scholarships

2018 Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Individual-Post Doctoral Fellowship
2016 TekNat Universitetspedagogisk förnyelse fond Funding for Development of a Lab Course
2016 Liljewalchs Travel Stipend to visit the ICCC in Brest, France
2015 Kungliga Vetenskapsakademin Travel Stipend to visit the ISHHC in Utrecht, The Netherlands
2014 SOFI Fellowship supporting research exchange with Professor Cohen (UCSD, California)
2014 Ångpanneföreningens Forskningsstiftelse Travel Stipend to visit the GRC Renewable Energy in Ventura, California



  1. "Direct Spectroscopic Detection of Key Intermediates and the Turnover Process in Catalytic H2 Formation by a Biomimetic Diiron Catalyst"
    S. Wang, S. Pullen, V. Weippert, T. Liu, S. Ott, L. Lomoth, L. Hammarström, Chem. Eur. J. 2019, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201902100.

  2. "Restricted Rotation of an Fe(CO)2(PL3)-subunit in [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Active Site Mimics by Intramolecular Ligation"
    S. Pullen, S. Maji, M. Stein, S. Ott, Dalton Transactions, 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C8DT05148H.

  3. "Regarding the diamagnetic components in Rosenberg's "platinum pyrimidine blues": Species in the cis-​Pt(NH3)​2-​1-​methyluracil system"
    Pullen, S.; Hiller, W. G.; Lippert, B. Inorganica Chimica Acta 2019, 494, 168-180.

  4. "Mixed Ligand Metal-Organic Frameworks and Heteroleptic Coordination Cages as Multifunctional Scaffolds – A Comparison"
    Pullen, S., Clever, G. H. Acc. Chem. Res. 2018, 51, 3052-3064.

  5. "Direct evidence of catalyst reduction on dye and catalyst co-sensitized NiO photocathodes by mid-infrared transient absorption spectroscopy"
    Gilbert Gatty, M., Pullen, S., Sheibani, E., Tian, H., Ott, S., Hammarström, L. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 4983–4991.

  6. "[FeFe] Hydrogenase Active Site Model Chemistry in a UiO-66 Metal-Organic Framework"
    Pullen, S.; Roy, S.; Ott, S. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 5227.

  7. "Catalyst Accessibility to Chemical Reductant in Metal-Organic Frameworks"
    Roy, S.; Pascanu, V.; Pullen, S.; Gonzalez Miera, G.; Martin-Matute, B.; Ott, S. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 3257.

  8. "Electrochemical characterization of an organometallic catalyst incorporated in a non-conducting metal-organic framework"
    Mijangos, E.; Roy, S.; Pullen, S.; Lomoth, R.; Ott, S. Dalton Trans. 2017, 46, 4907.

  9. "Functional small molecules and polymers containing P=C and As=C bonds as hybrid piconjugated materials"
    Morales Salazar, D.; Mijangos, E.; Pullen, S.; Gao, M.; Orthaber, A. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 1120.

  10. "Hydrogen Evolution with Nanoengineered ZnO Interfaces Decorated by a Beetroot Extract and a Hydrogenase Mimic"
    Pavliuk, M. V.; Cieslak, A. M.; Abdellah, M.; Budinska, A.; Pullen, S.; Sokolowski, K.; Fernandes, D. L. A.; Szlachetko, J.; Bastos, E. L.; Ott, S.; Hammarstrom, L.; Edvinsson, T.; Lewinski, J.; Sa, J. Sustainable Energy and Fuels 2017.

  11. "Photochemical Hydrogen Production with Metal-Organic Frameworks"
    Pullen, S.; Ott, S. Top. Catal. 2016, 1.

  12. "Ultrafast Electron Transfer between Dye and Catalyst on a Mesoporous NiO Surface"
    Brown, A. M.; Antila, L. J.; Mirmohades, M.; Pullen, S.; Ott, S.; Hammarström, L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8060.

  13. "Homogeneous Cobalt/Vanadium Complexes as Precursors for Functionalized Mixed Oxides in Visible-Light-DrivenWater Oxidation"
    Pavliuk, M. V.; Mijangos, E.; Makhankova, V. G.; Kokozay, V. N.; Pullen, S.; Liu, J.; Zhu, J.; Styring, S.; Thapper, A. ChemSusChem 2016, 9, 2957.

  14. "Functionalization of Robust Zr( IV )-based Metal–Organic Framework Films via a Postsynthetic Ligand Exchange"
    Fei, H.; Pullen, S.; Wagner, A.; Ott, S.; Cohen, S. M. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 66.

  15. "SolEn for a Sustainable Future: Developing and Teaching a Multidisciplinary Course on Solar Energy To Further Sustainable Education in Chemistry"
    Pullen, S.; Brinkert, K. J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, 1569.

  16. "Direct Observation of Key Catalytic Intermediates in a Photoinduced Proton Reduction Cycle with a Diiron Carbonyl Complex"
    Mirmohades, M.; Pullen, S.; Stein, M.; Maji, S.; Ott, S.; Hammarström, L.; Lomoth, R. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 17366.

  17. "Structural Dynamics inside a Functionalized Metal-Organic Framework Probed by Ultrafast 2D IR Spectroscopy"
    Nishida, J.; Tamimi, A.; Fei, H.; Pullen, S.; Ott, S.; Cohen, S. M.; Fayer, M. D. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2014, 111, 18442.

  18. "Enhanced Photochemical Hydrogen Production by a Molecular Diiron Catalyst Incorporated into a Metal-Organic Framework"
    Pullen, S.; Fei, H.; Orthaber, A.; Cohen, S. M.; Ott, S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16997.

  19. "Mixed-valence [FeIFeII] hydrogenase active site model complexes stabilized by a bidentate carborane bis-phosphine ligand"
    Karnahl, M.; Tschierlei, S.; Erdem, O. F.; Pullen, S.; Santoni, M.-P.; Reijerse, E. J.; Lubitz, W.; Ott, S.  Dalton Trans. 2012, 41, 12468.


PhD Thesis

Pullen, S. Doctoral thesis, Mimicking the Outer Coordination Sphere in [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Active Site Models: From Extended Ligand Design to Metal-Organic Frameworks. Comprehensive summary, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2017 ISBN: 978-91-554-9878-8.


Conference Contributions


June 2019 14th ISMSC, Lecce, Italy
May 2019  10th Symposium on Cooperative Effects in Chemistry, Münster, Germany
July 2018 13th ISMSC, Quebec, Canada
June 2015 Oorgandagarna, Visby, Schweden (Poster Preis)
Sept 2015 2nd European Conference on Smart Inorganic Polymers, Uppsala, Sweden
Jan 2014 GRC Renewable Energy Solar Fuels in Ventura, California
July 2013 10th Hydrogenase Conference in Szeged, Hungary
May 2012 GRC Renewable Energy Solar Fuels in Lucca, Italy
Mar 2011 13th JCF Frühjahrs-Symposium in Erlangen, Germany



May 2019

IMPRS Recharge 2nd Symposium, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Title: Catalysis in Confined Space - From Metal-Organic Frameworks to Supramolecular Coordination Cages

Feb 2019

SupraChem2019, Würzburg, Germany
Title: From MOFs to Functional Heteroleptic Coordination Cages for Performing Catalysis in Confined Space

July 2018

AC-Kolloquium, Ulm University, Germany
Title: Mimicking the Outer Coordination Sphere in Enyzme Active Site Models – From Metal-Organic Frameworks to Supramolecular Coordination Cages

July 2016

2nd ICCC, Brest, France
Title: Electrochemical and spectroscopic investigation of a Molecular Proton Reduction Catalyst incorporated into a Metal-Organic Framework

July 2015

17th ISHHC, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Title: Incorporation of a Molecular Proton Reduction Catalyst into a Metal-Organic Framework and how to probe catalysis inside the MOF-cat junction

Apr 2015

SF-1, Uppsala, Sweden
Title: Integration of Molecular Proton Reduction Catalysts into Metal-Organic Frameworks

Mar 2014

COST Young Researcher Meeting on Current Challenges in Supramolecular Artificial Photosynthesis, Jena, Germany
Title: Enhanced Photochemical Hydrogen Production By a molecular diiron catalyst Incorporated into a Metal-Organic Framework.

Nov 2012

Chemie und Energie Workshop GDCh, Karlsruhe, Germany
Title: SolEn for a Sustainable Future – an interdisciplinary course concept

Mar 2012

Frühjahrssymposium JCF, Rostock, Deutschland
Title: Biomimetic [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Active Site Model Complexes – Synthesis, Mechanistic Investigations and Applications

Apr 2012

MIND Symposium, Dresden, Deutschland
Title: Perspektiven der Solar Energie Forschung aus den Forschungsbereichen der Natürlichen und Artifiziellen Photosynthese

Dec 2011

Guest Lecture, University for Applied Science, Flensburg, Germany
Title: Solar-Energie für eine Nachhaltige Zukunft