Current Member

Dr. Simon Salzl


Office: ISIS 2.07
Telp: +33 368 855 166

Personal Profile:

I have finished my PhD in Chemistry this year. In total, I spent three years working on it, publishing three papers as main author during this time. Currently, I am working in a short post-doc position at the University of Strasbourg to broaden my knowledge of different subjects. Afterwards, I will work at the University of Uppsala. Ideally, I will set a foundation for a career in academia, as I am equally interested in research and teaching.

Career Summary:

Starting with my Master’s Thesis, I did research on the field of photochemistry, especially with regards to photocatalytic reactions. Having started as an organic synthesist, using photogenerated radicals to achieve controlled product formation, I am now working on hydrogen generation using metalorganic dyes and catalysts in aqueous solutions. In this field, I have and will continue to publish fundamental findings on novel reaction possibilities to obtain solar fuel. I am well versed in many photophysical and electrochemical characterization methods.



2017 – to date

Postdoc position at the De Cola group in Strasbourg

2014 – 2017

PhD student at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU), Linz. Main interest: photocatalytic hydrogen generation. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Günther Knör.

2012 – 2014

Master student at Regensburg University. Main subject: Organic Chemistry. Thesis title: Radical Generation by Photocatalytic Single Electron Transfer Reactions. Research performed at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry ASCR, v.v.i., Prague. Thesis supervisors: Prof. Dr. Burkhard König (Regensburg), Dr. Ullrich Jahn (Prague).

2009 – 2012

Bachelor Student of Chemistry at Regensburg University.



J. Prock, S. Salzl, K. Ehrmann, W. Viertl, R. Pehn, J. Pann, H. Roithmeyer, M. Bendig, H. Kopacka, L. Capozzoli, W. Oberhauser, G. Knör, P. Brüggeller. First Application of a Water-Soluble Matrix-Stabilized Palladium Nanoparticle Catalyst for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation  with High Activity and Stability, in: ChemPhotoChem, DOI: 10.1002/cptc.201700115.

Salzl S., Seymen Y., Oberhumer P., Knör G. Phthalocyanine-Sensitized Generation of Silver Nanoparticles in Aqueous Buffer Solution triggered by Red LED-Light, in: J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol., 2018, doi:10.1166/jnn.2018.15231.

Salzl S., Ertl M., Knör G. Evidence for Photosensitized Hydrogen Production from Water in the Absence of Precious Metals, Redox-Mediators and Co-Catalysts, in: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., Volume 19, Pages 8141-8147, 2017.

Prock J., Strabler C., Viertl W., Kopacka H., Obendorf D., Müller T., Tordin E., Salzl S., Knör G., Mauro M., DeCola L., Brüggeller P. Unusual Stability of Dyads during Photochemical Hydrogen Production, in: Dalton Trans., Volume 44, Page 20936, 2015.


Conference Oral Presentations:

Salzl S., Yonca B. S., Knör G. Simple and Reversible Photocatalytic Reduction of Ferredoxin in Pure Water, in: 17th Austrian Chemistry Days, Salzburg, 2017.

Salzl S., Oppelt K., Knör G. Applications of a Photochemically Generated Silicon Phthalocyanine Radical, in: 21st International Conference on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Engergy, St. Petersburg, Page 49, VVM Publishing Ltd., 2016.

Salzl S., Knör G. A Simple Immersion Setup for LED Irradiation in Solution, in: ISF-1 young (Eds.): Satellite Meeting of the 1st International Solar Fuels Conference 24-26 April 2015 - University of Uppsala, Sweden, Page 42, 2015.