Dana Medina-Tautz obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2010 at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. In 2011 she moved to Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany as a Minerva fellow of the Max-Planck Society to conduct a postdoctoral research, where she is leading in her current capacity a research group and perusing her habilitation. Dana is a principle investigator at the Centre of Nanoscience CeNS in Munich and at SolTech, an integrative project initiated and supported by the government of Bavaria to establish advanced concepts for solar to electricity conversion and non-fossil fuel technologies. Recently, she received the Young Investigator Award for new directions in porous materials of the Beilstein-Institute for the Advancement of Chemical Sciences.
The research pursued by Dana and her team is focused on the design and synthesis of functional porous and crystalline molecular frameworks, particularly metal- and covalent-organic frameworks (MOFs and COFs). The study of the fundamental aspects of molecular framework crystallization is at the core of her work, most prominent are 2D layered frameworks that are able to serve as host materials. A substantial part of her research is dedicated to the synthesis of framework structures having unique combinations of properties, such as a high surface area, light absorption and electrical conductivity, by a bottom-up approach of rational design of building blocks. Another central aspect of Dana’s work is directed at promoting such periodic porous materials to thin film applications in electronics, sensing, separations and sieving.
Dana is a co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in print, which so far have been cited more than 4.000 times.