Christian Slugovc received his Diploma and his Ph.D. from Vienna University of Technology in 1996 and 1998. At that time he was working in the group of Prof. Karl Kirchner on organo-ruthenium-compounds but also molybdenum and tungsten complexes. His research was directed towards the development of catalysts for fine chemical synthesis and the elucidation of mechanisms. In 1997 he was appointed Universitätsassistent (Assistant Professor) at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at Vienna University of Technology.

From 1999 to 2000 C. Slugovc did a "postdoc" at the CSIC-Sevilla, working in the group of Prof. Ernesto Carmona on the chemistry of stoichiometric and catalytic C-H activation using iridium complexes.

Back in Vienna he became interested in economic and environmental aspects and received a ‘Master of Advanced Studies' in environmental management. His diploma thesis was dedicated to the implementation of the ‘VOC Anlagenverordnung' in the manufactory of Liebherr in Nenzing. in 2005 he received a MSc degree in environmental management.

At the beginning of 2002, he joined Graz University of Technology as  Universitätsassistent (Assistant Professor) working in the group of Prof. Franz Stelzer.  In late 2007 he did his habilitation for 'Macromolecular Chemistry' and became Associate Professor in January 2008.

During the first years research on dental fillings (EC-FP6 Dentalopt), sensor materials (Austrian Nanoinitiative - ISOTEC cluster - project-leader of  SENSMAT), conductive inks for ink-jet printing, alternative materials and coatings for circuit boards (both competence center projects of the PCCL) and biocidal polymers (EC-FP7-SME-BIOSURF, project leader - BIOSURF was the first SME-scheme project ever coordinated by an Austrian - followed by an FFG project KONZID) was conducted. The research on biocidal polymers cummulated in the 3rd place in the Houska prize competition 2010. More recently the Slugovc-group participated in a huge EC-project (EC-FP7-EUMET) aimed at breaking the supremacy of the US in the field of Olefin Metathesis catalysts. Endeavours of adding value to lignin (FFG projects LIGPOLY and LIGNOPOLY) close this brief research history list.
C. Slugovc holds 11 different patents and published 159 peer reviewed papers which were cited more than 4300 times. His Hirsch index h is 39 and his m-index is 1.9 (all data according to ISI Web of ScienceTM Core Collection).

Christian Slugovc is member of the board of the symposia series "International Symposium on Olefin Metathesis and Related Chemistry" (ISOM). Further he is associate editor of the journal Monatshefte für Chemie (Springer Verlag).

His current research focuses on the development of catalysts for olefin metathesis, the use of olefin metathesis in polymer and material chemistry (e.g. porous polymers) as well as in organic chemistry. Furthermore, the advancement of click-chemistry is pursued. Finally, in 2015 the group started to investigate organocatalytic polymerizations with the nucleophile induced oxa-Michael addition polyaddition as the first topic. 

The following scientists are currently working in the group: DI Christina Wappl, DI Aleksej Samojlov, DI Bettina Schafzahl, Christian Leypold MSc and DI Petra Hofstadler.


Recent publications in peer reviewed journals

for earlier work see the researcherID, ORCID or the google scholar entry of CS.


160. "Singlet oxygen generation as a major cause for parasitic reactions during cycling of aprotic lithium-oxygen batteries."
Mahne, N.; Schafzahl, B.; Leypold, C.; Leypold, M.; Grumm, S.; Leitgeb, A.; Strohmeier, G. A.; Wilkening
, M.; Fontaine, O.; Kramer, D.; Slugovc, C.; Borisov, S. M.; Freunberger, S. A. Nat. Energy 2017, 2, 17036. DOI: 10.1038/nenergy.2017.36

159. "Solvent-free macrocyclisation by nucleophile-mediated oxa-Michael addition polymerisation of divinyl sulfone and alcohols."
Strasser, S.; Wappl. C.; Slugovc. C. Polym. Chem. 2017, 8, 1797-1804. DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00152E


158. "A trifunctional linker suitable for conducting three orthogonal click chemistries in one pot."
Knall, A.-C.; Hollauf, M.; Saf, R.; Slugovc, C. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2016, 14, 10576-10580 . DOI: 10.1039/C6OB02182D

157. "Exploring Unspecific Protein Adsorption on Lignocellulosic Amphiphilic Bicomponent Films."
Strasser, S.; Niegelhell, K.; Kaschowitz, M.; Markus, S.; Kargl, R.; Stana-Kleinschek, K.; Slugovc, C.; Mohan, T.; Spirk, S. Biomacromolecules 2016, 7, 1083–1092. DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.5b01700

156. "Simple activation by acid of latent Ru-NHC-based metathesis initiators bearing 8-quinolinolate co-ligands."
Wappel, J.; Fischer, R. C.; Cavallo, L.; Slugovc, C.; Poater, A.
Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2016, 12, 154-165. DOI: 10.3762/bjoc.12.17


155.  "Variation of the Sterical Properties of the N-Heterocyclic Carbene Coligand in Thermally Triggerable Ruthenium-Based Olefin Metathesis Precatalysts/Initiators."
Pump, E.; Leitgeb, A.; Kozłowska, A.; Torvisco, A.; Falivene, L.; Cavallo, L.; Grela, K.; Slugovc, C. Organometallics 2015, 34, 5438-5453. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.5b00715

154. "Nucleophile-mediated oxa-Michael addition reactions of divinyl sulfone - a thiol-free option for step-growth polymerisations."
Strasser, S.; Slugovc, C. Catal. Sci. Technol. 2015, 5, 5091-5094. DOI: 10.1039/c5cy01527h

153. "Consequences of the Electronic Tuning of Latent Ruthenium-Based Olefin Metathesis Catalysts on Their Reactivity."
Żukowska, K.; Pump, E.; Pazio, A. E.; Woźniak, K.; Cavallo, L.; Slugovc, C. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2015, 11, 1458-1468. DOI: 10.3762/bjoc.11.158

152. "Mechanism of the Ru-Allenylidene to Ru-Indenylidene Rearrangement in Ruthenium Precatalysts for Olefin Metathesis."
Pump, E.; Slugovc, C.; Cavallo, L.; Poater, A. Organometallics 2015, 34, 3107-3111. DOI: 10.1021/om501246q

151. "Synthesis and Catalytic Performance of Hierarchically Porous MIL-100(Fe)@polyHIPE Hybrid Membranes."
Kovačič, S.; Mazaj, M.; Ješelnik, M.; Pahovnik, D.; Žagar, E., Slugovc, C; Zabukovec Logar, N. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2015, 36, 1605-1611. DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500241

150. "Covalent incorporation of the surfactant into high internal phase emulsion templated polymeric foams."
Kovačič, S.; Preishuber-Pflügl, F.; Pahovnik, D.; Žagar, E.; Slugovc, C. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 7225-7228. DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09199J

149. "Initiation efficacy of halo-chelated cis-dichloro configured ruthenium based second generation benzylidene complexes in Ring-opening Metathesis Polymerization."
Wappel, J.; Grudzień, K.; Barbasiewicz, M.; Michalak, M.; Grela, K.; Slugovc C. Monatsh. Chem. 2015, 146, 1153-1160. DOI: 10.1007/s00706-015-1494-8

148. "On the chloride lability in electron-rich second generation ruthenium benzylidene complexes."
Strasser, S.; Pump. E.; Fischer, R. C.; Slugovc; C. Monatsh. Chem. 2015, 146, 1143-1151. DOI: 10.1007/s00706-015-1484-x

147. "A theoretical view on the thermodynamic cis-trans equilibrium of dihalo ruthenium olefin metathesis (pre-)catalysts."
Pump, E.; Cavallo, L.; Slugovc, C. Monatsh. Chem. 2015, 146, 1131-1141. DOI: 10.1007/s00706-015-1433-8

146. "Thermal Effects in Polymerizations – A Live View Differentiating between Bulk Effects, Thermal Diffusion, and Oxygen Inhibition."
Geier, R.; Wappl, C.; Freiszmuth, H.; Slugovc, C.; Gescheidt, G. Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 2488-2492. DOI: 10.1039/C4PY01739K

145. "Tailoring the Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Dicyclopentadiene PolyHIPEs with the Use of a Comonomer."Mert, E. H.; Slugovc, C.; Krajnc, P. Express Polym. Lett. 2015, 9, 344-353. DOI: 10.3144/expresspolymlett.2015.32


144. "Macroporous ZnO Foams by High Internal Phase Emulsion Technique: Synthesis and Catalytic Activity."
Kovačič, S.; Anžlovar, A.; Erjavec, B.; Kapun, G.; Matsko, N. B.; Zigon, M.; Zagar, E.; Pintar, A.; Slugovc, C. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6, 19075-19081. DOI: 10.1021/am5050482

143. "Chelating Ruthenium Phenolate Complexes - Synthesis, General Catalytic Activity and Applications in Olefin Metathesis Polymerisation."
Kozłowska, A.; Dranka, M.; Zachara, J.; Pump, E.; Slugovc, C.; Skowerski, K.; Grela, K. Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 43, 14120-14125. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201403580

142. "Revisiting the Zincke disulfide reaction for the post-polymerization functionalization of unsaturated polyolefins."
Dunst, A.; Kienberger, J.; Slugovc, C. Polymer 2014, 22, 5557-5560. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2014.07.005

141. "Kinetic studies of inverse electron demand Diels-Alder reactions (iEDDA) of norbornenes and dipyridin-2-yl-1,2,4,5-tetrazine."
Knall, A.-C.; Hollauf, M.; Slugovc. C. Tetrahedron Lett. 2014, 55, 4763-4766. DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2014.07.002

140. "Impact of Electronic Modification of the Chelating Benzylidene Ligand in cis-Dichloro-Configured Second-Generation Olefin Metathesis Catalysts on Their Activity."
Pump, E.; Poater, A.; Zirngast, M.; Torvisco, A.; Fischer, R.; Cavallo, L.; Slugovc, C. Organometallics 2014, 33, 2806-2813. DOI: 10.1021/om500315t

139. "Two commercially available initiators for the retarded Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of dicyclopentadiene."
Leitgeb, A.; Wappel, J.; Urbina-Blanco, C. A.; Strasser, S.; Wappl, C.; Cazin, C. S. J.; Slugovc, C. Monatsh. Chem. 2014, 145, 1513-1517. DOI: 10.1007/s00706-014-1249-y

138. "Nanocomposite Foams from Iron Oxide Stabilized Dicyclopentadiene High Internal Phase Emulsions: Preparation and Bromination."
Kovacic, S.; Matsko, N. B.; Ferk, G.; Slugovc, C. Acta Chim. Slov. 2014, 61, 208-214. Link 

137. "Macroporous Polyolefin Membranes from Dicyclopentadiene High Internal Phase Emulsions: Preparation and Morphology Tuning."
Kovacic, S.; Preishuber-Pflügl, F.; Slugovc, C. Macromol. Mater. Eng. 2014, 299, 843-850. DOI: 10.1002/mame.201300400

136. "A modular approach towards fluorescent pH and ascorbic acid probes based on ring-opening metathesis polymerisation."
Gallas, K.; Knall, A.-C.; Scheicher, S. R.; Fast, D. E.; Saf, R.; Slugovc, C. Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2014, 215, 76-81. DOI: 10.1002/macp.201300561


135. "Mixed N-heterocyclic carbene/phosphite ruthenium complexes: the effect of a bulkier NHC."
Urbina-Blanco, C. A.; Bantreil, X.; Wappel, J.; Schmid, T. E.; Slawin, A. M. Z.; Slugovc, C.; Cazin, C. S. J. Organometallics 2013, 32, 6240-6247. DOI: 10.1021/om4004362

134"Inverse electron demand Diels-Alder (iEDDA) functionalisation of macroporous poly(dicyclopentadiene) foams."
Knall, A.-C.; Kovacic, S.; Hollauf, M.; Reishofer, D. P.; Saf, R.; Slugovc, C. Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 7325-7327. DOI: 10.1039/c3cc42925c

133. "Macroporous poly(dicyclopentadiene) γFe2O3/Fe3O4 nanocomposite foams by high internal phase emulsion templating."
Kovacic, S.; Matsko, N. B.; Ferk, G.; Slugovc, C. J. Mater. Chem. A. 2013, 1, 7971-7978. DOI: 10.1039/C3TA11402C

132. "Inverse-electron demand Diels Alder (iEDDA)-initiated conjugation: a (high) potential click chemistry scheme."
Knall, A.-C.; Slugovc, C. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2013, 42, 5131-5142. DOI:

131. "Low catalyst loading in the cross metathesis of olefins with methyl vinyl ketone."
Abbas, M.; Leitgeb, A.; Slugovc, C. Synlett 2013, 24, 1193-1196. DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1338425

130. "The use of an emulsion templated microcellular poly(dicyclopentadiene-co-norbornene) membrane as separator in lithium-ion batteries."
Kovacic, S.; Kren, H.; Krajnc, P.; Koller, S.; Slugovc, C. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2013, 34, 581-587. DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200754

129. "Exploring New Generations of Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalysts: The Reactivity of a Bis-ylidene Ruthenium Complex by DFT."
Poater, A.; Credendino, R.; Slugovc C.; Cavallo, L. Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 7271-7275. DOI: 10.1039/C3DT32884H

128. "Energetics of the Ruthenium-Halide Bond in Olefin Metathesis (Pre)catalysts."
Falivene, L.; Poater, A.; Cazin, C. S. J.; Slugovc, C.; Cavallo, L. Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 7312-7317. DOI: 10.1039/C2DT32277C

127. "On the Mechanical Properties of HIPE Templated Macroporous poly(Dicyclopentadiene) Prepared with Low Surfactant Amounts."
Kovacic, S.; Matsko, N. B.; Jerabek, K.; Krajnc, P.; Slugovc, C. J. Mater. Chem. A 2013, 1, 487-490. DOI: 10.1039/C2TA00546H

126. "Organic field-effect transistor based sensors with sensitive gate dielectrics used for low-concentration ammonia detection."
Klug, A.; Denk, M.; Bauer, T.; Sandholzer, M.; Scherf, U.; Slugovc, C.; List, E. J. W. Org. Electron. 2013, 14, 500-504. DOI: 10.1016/j.orgel.2012.11.030

125. "Solvent-free Synthesis of Silver-Nanoparticles and their Use as Additive in poly(Dicyclopentadiene)."
Abbas, M.; Leitgeb, A.; Kienberger, J.; Slugovc, C. J. Chem. Soc. Pakistan 2013, 35, 359-362. Link

124. "Poly(2-Oxazoline)-Derived Permanent Biocides: Contributions to the Understanding of the Mechanism of Antimicrobial Activity."
Kelly, A. M.; Kaltenhauser, V.; Mühlbacher, I.; Rametsteiner, K.; Kren, H.; Slugovc, C.; Stelzer, F.; Wiesbrock, F. Macromol. Biosci. 2013, 13, 116-125. DOI: 10.1002/mabi.201200240


123. "Halide Exchange in Second-Generation cis-Dihalo Ruthenium Benzylidene Complexes."
Pump, E.; Fischer, R. C.; Slugovc, C. Organometallics 2012, 31, 6972-6979. DOI: 10.1021/om300785t

122. "Polynorbornenes with pendant Europium (III) coordination compounds."
Knall, A. C.; Schinagl, C.; Pein, A.; Noormofidi, N.; Saf, R.; Slugovc, C. Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2012, 213, 2618-2627. DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200454

121. "A latent ruthenium based olefin metathesis catalyst with a sterically demanding NHC ligand."
Leitgeb, A.; Abbas, M.; Fischer, R. C., Poater, A.; Cavallo, L.; Slugovc, C. Catal. Sci. Technol. 2012, 2, 1640-1643. DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20311A 

120. "Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerisation of emulsion templated dicyclopentadiene giving open porous materials with excellent mechanical properties."
Kovacic, S.; Jerabek, K.; Krajnc, P.; Slugovc, C. Polym. Chem. 2012, 3, 325-328. DOI: 10.1039/C2PY00518B

119. "On the isomerization of a trans-dichloro to a cis-dichloro amide-chelated ruthenium benzylidene complex and the catalytic scope of these species in olefin metathesis."
Leitgeb, A.; Mereiter K.; Slugovc, C. Monatsh. Chem. 2012, 143, 901-908. DOI: 10.1007/s00706-012-0740-6

118. "Antimicrobial Equipment of poly(Isoprene) Applying Thiol-ene Chemistry."
Kienberger, J.; Noormofidi, N.; Mühlbacher, I.; Klarholz, I.; Harms, C.; Slugovc, C. J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2012, 50, 2236-2243. DOI: 10.1002/pola.26001

117. "Optimized reaction conditions for the cross-metathesis of methyl oleate and oleylamine with ethyl acrylate."
Abbas, M.; Slugovc, C. Monatsh. Chem. 2012, 143, 669-673. DOI: 10.1007/s00706-011-0717-x 

116. "Radical self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) formed by the adsorption of closed shell molecules."
Rissner, F.; Ma, Z. Y.; Hofmann, O. T.; Slugovc, C.; Shuai Z.; Zojer, E. J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 4269-4272. DOI: 10.1039/c2jm15056e

115. "Nonradiative deactivation of Europium (III) luminescence as a detection scheme for moisture." Knall, A.-C.; Tscherner, M.; Noormofidi, N.; Pein, A.; Saf, R.; Mereiter, K.; Ribitsch, V.; Stelzer, F.; Slugovc C. Analyst 2012, 137, 563-566. DOI: 10.1039/c1an15987a


114. "Hole transport in triphenylamine based OLED devices: From theoretical modeling to properties prediction."
Cias, P.; Slugovc, C.; Gescheidt, G. J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 50, 14519-14525. DOI: 10.1021/jp207585j

113. "Self assembled red luminescent micelles and lamellar films."
Niedermair, F.; Stubenrauch, K.; Pein, A.; Saf, R.; Ingolic, E.; Grogger, W.; Fritz-Popovski, G.; Trimmel G.; Slugovc, C. J. Mater. Chem. 2011, 21, 15183-15185. DOI: 10.1039/C1JM13627E 

112. "Unequal siblings: Adverse characteristics of naphtalene based Hoveyda-type 2nd generation initiators in Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization."
Leitgeb, A.; Szadkowska, A.; Michalak,M.; Barbasiewicz, M.; Grela, K.; Slugovc, C. J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2011, 49, 3448-3454. DOI: 10.1002/pola.24776

111. "Pyridine as trigger for chloride isomerisation in chelated ruthenium benzylidene complexes: implications for olefin metathesis."
Zirngast, M.; Pump, E.; Leitgeb, A.; Albering, J. H.; Slugovc, C. Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 2261-2263. DOI: 10.1039/C0CC04897

110. "As low as reasonably achievable catalyst loadings in the cross-metathesis of olefins with ethyl acrylate."
Abbas, M.; Slugovc, C. Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 2560-2562. DOI:10.1016/j.tetlet.2011.03.038

109. "Olefin Metathesis Catalyst Bearing a Chelating Phosphine Ligand."
Lexer, C.; Burtscher, D.; Perner, B.; Tzur, E.; Lemcoff, N. G.; Slugovc C. J. Organomet. Chem. 2011, 696, 2466-2470. DOI: 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2011.03.005

108. "Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerisable Charged Platinum(II) Complexes: Towards Enhanced Phosphorescent Quantum Yields by Controlled Aggregation in Polymers."
Niedermair, F.; Noormofidi, N.; Lexer, C.; Saf, R.; Slugovc, C. Polymer  2011, 52, 1874-1881. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2011.03.008

107. "Olefin Metathesis Featuring Ruthenium Indenylidene Complexes with a Sterically Demanding NHC Ligand."
Urbina-Blanco, C. A.; Leitgeb, A.; Slugovc, C.; Bantreil, X.; Clavier, H.; Slawin, A. M. Z.; Nolan, S. P. Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 5045-5053. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201003082

106. "Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerisation Derived Polymers as Photoresists: Making Use of Thiol-ene Chemistry." Wolfberger, A.; Rupp, B.; Kern, W.; Griesser, T.; Slugovc, C. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2011, 52, 518-522. DOI: 10.1002/marc.201000698


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