Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Selin Kara

Leibniz University Hannover | LUH
Callinstr. 5, 30167 Hannover, Germany

ORCID Profile

Dr. Selin Kara, is Coordinator, WP5 “Coordination and Project Management” Leader, and supervisor of PhD1 & PhD6, has been a Full Professor and Head of the Institute of Technical Chemistry (TCI) at LUH since October 2021. Selin Kara studied BSc. Chemical Engineering and BSc. Food Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. After her MSc. in Biotechnology and PhD at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany, she moved to the Netherlands for her PostDoc stay at TU Delft. In 2013, she started her Habilitation (venia legendi) at TU Dresden. In May 2018, she finalized her Habilitation in “Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering” at TUHH. Since July 2018 Selin Kara has been leading Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Group in the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research focuses on enzymatic reaction cascades (chemo-enzymatic, multi-enzymatic and photobiocatalytic), biocatalysis in non-conventional media and bioprocess engineering. Dr. Kara has coauthored more than 90 publications and has an h-index of 28.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment
Research facilities include laboratories equipped with equipment for research in fundamental and applied enzymatic or microbial conversions.

Hosting Center: Leibniz University Hannover
Founded in 1831, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) today is study and workplace for ~30,000 students and more than 300 professors in the natural sciences and engineering, the humanities, and social sciences as well in law and economics. LUH has a very successful record of accomplishment of managing both individual fellowships and large international projects and of hosting visiting researchers of all career stages for both training and knowledge transfer purposes. Internationalization is part of the LUH’s mission, and it continuously works to strengthen the international profile of LUH through a series of initiatives, increasing international research partnerships and the number of international students.

Relevant Publications and/or Research / Innovation Product

  • P. Bittner, N. Zhang, L. Huang, P. Domínguez de María, S. Jakobtorweihen, S. Kara, Impact of deep eutectic solvents (DESs) and individual DES components on alcohol dehydrogenase catalysis: Connecting experimental data and molecular dynamics simulation, Green Chemistry 2022, 24, 1120–1131. DOI: 10.1039/D1GC04059F.

  • Zhang, F. Steininger, L.-E. Meyer, K. Koren, S. Kara, Can Deep Eutectic Solvents Sustain Oxygen-Dependent Bioprocesses? – Measurements of Oxygen Transfer Rates, ACS Sustain. Chem. & Eng. 2021, 9, 8347-8353. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c03547.

  • Santner, L.K. Szabó, S.N. Chanquia, A.H. Merrild, F. Hollmann, S. Kara, B.E. Eser, Optimization and Engineering of Fatty Acid Photodecarboxylase for Substrate Specificity, ChemCatChem 2021, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.202100840.

  • Zhang, B. Müller, T. Ørtoft Kirkeby, S. Kara, C. Loderer, Development of a Thioredoxin based cofactor regeneration system for NADPH-dependent oxidoreductases, ChemCatChem 2022, 14, 7, e202101625. DOI: 10.1002/cctc.202101625.

  • N. Chanquia, L. Huang, G. García Liñares, P. Domínguez de María, S. Kara, Deep Eutectic Solvents as Smart Cosubstrate in Alcohol Dehydrogenase-Catalyzed Reductions, Catalysts 2020, 10. DOI: 10.3390/catal10091013.