Heidrun Gruber-Wölfler

Heidrun Gruber-Wölfler
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Institute of Process and Particle Engineering
Inffeldgasse 13/III
8010 Graz

+43 316 873 - 30406
+43 316 873 - 1030406
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About me

Born in Weisskirchen, I moved to Graz in 1998 to study Technical Chemistry at Graz University of Technology. After working on my master thesis in the field of organometallic catalysis at the Rutgers University in New Jersey I graduated in 2003 and started immediately my PhD thesis, which I finished in 2007. In September 2010 I started my project “Rational Development of Functionalized Materials for Applications in Continuous API Manufacturing” which is financed by an Elise-Richter program by the Austrian Science Fond (FWF). Currently, I’m the scientific leader of the “Continuous Processes” group and I work as senior scientist at the Institute for Process and Particle Engineering. Additionally, I’m responsible for the lecture “Pharmaceutical Engineering: Active Ingredients and Processes “ and “Particle Technology “ exercises.

Research interests

My research concentrates on the synthesis and immobilization of organometallic catalysts on different solid supports with spatial control as well as on the implementation of these catalysts into continuous processes. A special focus of my research is the investigation of the heterogeneity of immobilized catalysts and metal leaching.

Further research interests include DFT-simulations of organometallic compounds as well as the preparation of stationary phases for continuous (electro)chromatography.


My experimental work includes organic and organometallic syntheses and the characterization of the compounds using ATR-FTIR-spectroscopy (Bruker Vertex 70 with ATR unit), NMR, and gas-chromatography (Perkin-Elmer Clarus 500). Furthermore, I’m using nitrogen physisorption (ASAP 2000), He-pycnometry (SYLAB Accupyc) and laser diffractometry (HELOS Sympatec) for particle analysis. My computational research focuses on DFT-simulations using “Gaussian”, which I run on a cluster of the TUGraz.