Asst. Professor Jia Min Chin

Jia Min originally hails from the sunny island of Singapore. For her PhD studies, she trained under the supervision of 2005 Nobel Laureate Professor Richard R. Schrock at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she studied N2 activation by Mo and W complexes.

After her studies, she returned to Singapore to serve at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, IMRE where she helped to start the institute’s research on coordination polymers. In 2013, she set up and headed the Laboratory of Advanced Porous Materials at IMRE.

Her lab focused on the development of new porous materials such as coordination polymers or MOFs, understanding the self-assembly mechanisms of porous films, as well as studying new applications for soft porous materials such as dry liquids. In recognition of her research work, Jia Min was awarded the 2013 L’Oréal Singapore For Women In Science National Fellowship.

Jia Min joined the University of Hull’s Chemistry Department towards the end of October 2014.

In November 2019, she joined the University of Vienna as an Assistant Professor, and in November 2020, she was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to carry out research on field-manipulation of MOF materials. Besides MOFs and colloidal materials manipulation, her current research interests are bio-inspired materials exhibiting special properties such as structural colour, high strength and toughness as well as self-healing capabilities. 

Current group members

Kamal Allahyarli

I finished my Bachelor's degree in Chemistry in Jena (Germany) at the Friedrich Schiller University.  The desire for a bigger city with more activities brought me to Vienna, where I started my master in Chemistry and Technology of Materials at the University and the TU Vienna. I did my master thesis at Austria’s Competence Center for Applied Electrochemistry and Surface Technology (CEST) in cooperation with Kluber Lubrication and the TU Vienna under the supervision of Prof. Fafilek. The main idea was to measure the hydrogen permeation through a steel foil.  In July I joined the Chin-Reithofer group as a PhD student. While the PhD project became my second child, my firstborn child is a boy named Ezra. He does not like to share his attention.


Guilherme M.D.M. Rúbio

I joined Técnico Lisboa in 2008 where I completed my BSc in Chemical Engineering and my MSc in Chemistry. During that period I have synthesized and characterized, under the supervision of Prof. Armando Pombeiro and Dr. Anirban Karmakar, MOFs with catalytic and sensing properties.
I joined the group in October 2017 to start my PhD on carbene-stabilized gold nanoparticles.

Constantin Eisen

I completed my undergrad studies at Freie Universität Berlin (BSc.) and the University of Vienna (MSc.) with a focus on NHC chemistry towards coordination and nano chemistry. Currently, I am starting my PhD as a shared project between the University of Vienna and A*Star Singapore to on the bio-sensing applications of ligand stabilized gold nanomaterials

Dooa Arif 

Hi everyone! 

My ongoing research in MOFS motivated me to join a larger platform for more in-depth and practical research work in this area. 
I got lucky and landed a scholarship of IRISP in Vienna. Currently, I am a PhD scholar at National University of Sciences and Technology(NUST) Islamabad, Pakistan.

I have done extensive research work on MOF based sensors and I have already published a paper in a high impact factor journal.

Coming from a place where there are very few opportunities to excel, this place is definitely going to help me reach those goals which I have set earlier in my career.

Gypsy the Lab Mascot

Born in Australia, Gypsy moved to Singapore where she lived for 4 years. Subsequently, she moved to the United Kingdom where she enjoys the temperate climate and long walks in the open spaces of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Besides being the lab mascot, she is also a massive diva princess and expects lots of worship, cushions (only soft ones, mind you), and chicken (although she really would prefer filet mignon). 

Past group members

Ruth Ebenbauer
I joined the Chin group in spring 2021 as a research assistant, while studying online at my home University TU Graz for my studies of Technical Chemistry. Moving to Vienna for this semester was an exciting step to experience a new city (unfortunately in Corona-mode). I did my Bachelor of Chemistry in Graz and was on Erasmus at the Técnico in Lisbon. I am planning to start my Master thesis project next year and I am currently trying to figure out where and what to focus on. Working in this group gives me a great opportunity to get an insight in the field of functional materials and into practical research..

Quentin Riedl

I finished my BSc degree in Chemistry at University of Vienna in 2020. During my bachelor thesis I investigated the shape engineering and synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) under the supervision of Prof. Michael Reithofer.

I joined the Chin-Reithofer group in the beginnings of my master studies in 2020 and started working on the dynamic alignment of rod shaped MOFs.

Njomza Isufaj

I finished my BSc. studies in the Chemistry department at University of Vienna (2019). For my bachelor thesis I worked on the enhancement of RNA secondary structure prediction by analyzing diverse databases. In October 2019 I enrolled in the inter-faculty postgraduate program "Chemistry and technology of materials" which is a collaboration programme of the Technical Unversity of Vienna and University of Vienna. Currently I am an intern in the group of Professor Chin and Professor Reithofer working on my masters project in the field of MOF's.

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Esra Ahmed

I have earned my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Vienna in 2018. During my studies, I worked as a tutor in the Inorganic Chemistry laboratory. My Bachelor's project focused on applying the prodrug principle on FDA-approved tyrosine kinase inhibitors that are used for the treatment of ROS and ALK positive Non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC).

After my graduation, I got to work in the Kowol research group at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Vienna, where I modified tyrosine kinase inhibitors used for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and interstitial lung diseases (ILD).

Currently, I’m preparing my Master Thesis as part of a collaborative research project in the Chin-Reithofer Research Group with Austria’s Competence Center for Applied Electrochemistry and Surface Technology (CEST).

The research is focused on utilizing co-axial electrospinning to generate core-sheath nanofibers with encapsulated functional fluids. These materials will be utilized to fabricate icephobic composite coatings possessing water-immiscible lubricant fluids which afford surfaces with ultra-low ice adhesion.

Lloyd Glanville

I joined the Chin-Reithofer group in September 2017 on a PhD studentship. My research experience has included working over the past two summers within the university; with my most recent work focusing on the novel synthesis of solid state materials. In addition to this, I will be collaborating with my sponsors; Graphitene Ltd and Green Port Hull to deliver key research in the renewables sector.

My research will focus on the design and fabrication of functionalised graphene nanocomposites, which can be applied specifically to the wind energy industry.

Polly Sanders

I completed a Masters degree in chemistry at the University of Hull in 2016 and remained at the university to begin a PhD in materials chemistry. My research concerns the 3D printing of composite materials with increased functionality.


Dr. Fei Cheng

I obtained my PhD in Waseda University (Japan), then moved to Southampton University for a post-doctoral stint. I am currently a PDRA at the University of Hull working on the synthesis and alignment of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) microrods and 3D printing bio-inspired MOFs microrods reinforced materials.


Zahraa Al-Mashaykhi

I received my BSc in Chemistry in 2005 and MSc in Analytical Chemistry in 2011 both from the Department of Chemistry of the University of Babylon, Iraq. Since 2011 I joined the University of Babylon as an Assistant Lecturer. I started my PhD project at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Hull in October 2015 with Prof. Gillian Greenway and Dr. Jia Min Chin as supervisors. Currently I work on renewable materials for environmental remediation in Iraq at the University of Babylon.

Ellis Marshall
My PhD research project focuses on the synthesis and formulation of novel composite materials that can be utilised for the 3D printing industry. The project is chemistry based with some aspects of engineering. I am currently developing a purpose-built 3D printer and have access to many types of 3D printers to be utilised throughout the project.

Adam Young

I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Hull where I achieved a 1st Class honours degree in chemistry (MChem) and received the John Chipperfield memorial prize for outstanding achievement in inorganic chemistry. I started my PhD project in the Chin-Reithofer Research Group at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Hull in October 2016.

My research is focussed on developing amino acid/peptide systems that can be used as a surfactant in the synthesis of chiral NPs. Using a peptide system facilitates the potential for self-assembly of such NPs, and such systems could be exploited for their potential as metamaterials.

In conjunction with this work I also work on MOFs for a variety of different applications; synthesis, dynamic alignment, templating and anisotropic response. 

Areas of interest: organic chemistry, organometallic, nanoparticles, MOFs.