Sebastian Schwaminger

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ph.D., Nanotechnology, Technical University of Munich, 2017
M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Munich, 2013
B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Munich, 2011

Research interests:
Sebastian is broadly interested in addressing issues facing water-energy-environment nexus. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, Sebastian is working on novel electro-responsive protein separation methods with magnetic nanoparticles.


  • L. Martin, W. Klein, S. P. Schwaminger, T. F. Fässler, S. Berensmeier: Crystal Structure and Spectroscopic Analysis of the Compatible Solute Nγ-Acetyl-L-2,4-Diaminobutyric Acid. Crystals 2020, 10, 1136.
  • A. A. Zanker, N. Ahmad, T. H. Son, S. P. Schwaminger, S. Berensmeier: Selective ene‐reductase immobilization to magnetic nanoparticles through a novel affinity tag. Biotechnol. J., 2020, e2000366.
  • P. Padwal, C. Finger, P. Fraga-García, Y. Kaveh-Baghbaderani, S. P. Schwaminger, S. Berensmeier: Seeking Innovative Affinity Approaches: A Performance Comparison between Magnetic Nanoparticle Agglomerates and Chromatography Resins for Antibody Recovery. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2020, 12, 36, 39967–39978
  • S. Bag†, S. Rauwolf†, M. Suetin, S. P. Schwaminger, S. Berensmeier, W. Wenzel: Buffer Influence on the Amino Acid Silica Interaction. ChemPhysChem, 2020, 21, 2347.
  • K. Hobmeier, M. C. Goëss, C. Sehr, S. P. Schwaminger, S. Berensmeier, H.-J. Kunte, A. Kremling, K. Pflüger-Grau, A. Marin-Sanguino: Anaplerotic pathways in Halomonas elongata: the role of the sodium gradient. Front. Microbiol., 2020, 11:561800.
  • S. P. Schwaminger, C. Syhr, S. Berensmeier: Controlled Synthesis of Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: Magnetite or Maghemite? Crystals, 2020, 10, 214.
  • J. A. Thomas, F. Schnell, Y. Kaveh-Baghbaderani, S. Berensmeier, S. P. Schwaminger: Immunomagnetic Separation of Microorganisms with Iron Oxide Nanoparticles. Chemosensors, 2020, 8, 17.
  • S. P. Schwaminger†, P. Fraga-García†, M. Eigenfeld, T. M. Becker, S. Berensmeier: Magnetic separation in biotechnological downstream processing and related fields: beyond the limits of the laboratory scale, Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol., 2019, 7:233.
  • S. P. Schwaminger, P. Anand, M. Borkowska-Panek, S. A. Blank-Shim, P. Fraga-García, K. Fink, S. Berensmeier, W. Wenzel (2019): Rational design of iron oxide binding peptide tags, Langmuir, 2019, 35, 25, 8472-8481.
  • B. J. Hofmann†, R. G. Harms†, S. P. Schwaminger, R. M. Reich, F. E. Kühn: Reactivity of Re2O7 in Aromatic Solvents – Cleavage of a β-O-4 lignin model substrate by Lewis-acidic rhenium oxide nanoparticles, J. Catal., 2019, 373, (5), 190-200.
  • S. P. Schwaminger†, P. Fraga-García†, S. A. Blank-Shim, T. Straub, M. Haslbeck, F. Muraca, K. A. Dawson, S. Berensmeier: Magnetic one-step purification of his-tagged protein by bare iron oxide nanoparticles, ACS Omega, 2019, 4, 3790−3799.
  • F. Schnell, M. Kube, S. Berensmeier, S. P. Schwaminger: Magnetic recovery of cellulase from cellulose substrates with bare iron oxide nanoparticles, ChemNanoMat, 2019, 5, 422–42.
  • S. P. Schwaminger, B. Begovic, L. Schick, A. Jumani, M. W. Brammen, P. Fraga-García, S. Berensmeier: Potential-controlled tensiometry: a tool for understanding wetting and surface properties of conductive powders by electroimbibition, Anal. Chem., 2018, 90 (24), 14131-14136.
  • S. P. Schwaminger†, S. A. Blank-Shim†, I. Scheifele, V. Pipich, P. Fraga-García, S. Berensmeier: Design of interactions between nanomaterials and proteins: A highly affine peptide tag to bare iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic protein separation, Biotechnol. J., 2019, 14, 1800055.
  • P. Fraga-García†, P. Kubbutat†, M. Brammen, S. Schwaminger, S. Berensmeier: Bare iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic harvesting of microalgae: from interaction behavior to process realization, Nanomaterials, 2018, 8(5), 292.
  • S. Schwaminger†, S.A. Blank-Shim†, M. Borkowska-Panek†, P. Anand†, P. Fraga-García, K. Fink, W. Wenzel, S. Berensmeier: Experimental characterization and simulation of amino acid and peptide interactions with inorganic materials, Review, Eng. Life Sci., 2018, 18: 84-100.
  • S. A. Blank-Shim, S. P. Schwaminger, M. Borkowska-Panek, P. Anand, P. Yamin, P. Fraga-García, K. Fink, W. Wenzel, S. Berensmeier: Binding patterns of homo-peptides on bare magnetic nanoparticles: insights into environmental dependence, Sci. Rep., 2017, 14047.
  • S. P. Schwaminger, R. Surya, S. Filser, A. Wimmer, F. Weigl, P. Fraga-García, S. Berensmeier: Formation of iron oxide nanoparticles for the photo-oxidation of water: alteration of finite size effects from ferrihydrite to hematite, Sci. Rep., 2017, 7, 12609.
  • S. P. Schwaminger, S. A. Blank-Shim, I. Scheifele, P. Fraga-García, S. Berensmeier: Peptide binding to metal oxide nanoparticles, Faraday Discuss., 2017, 204, 233-250.
  • S. P. Schwaminger, D. Bauer, P. Fraga-García, F. E. Wagner, S. Berensmeier: Oxidation of magnetite nanoparticles: impabct on surface and crystal properties, CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 246-255.
  • S. P. Schwaminger, P. Fraga-García, H.-C. Roth, S. A. Blank-Shim, F. G. Hein, E. C. Fuß, F. Selbach, R. Surya, F. E. Wagner, S. Heissler, S. Berensmeier: Bio-nano interactions: cellulase on iron oxide nanoparticle surfaces, Adsorption, 2017, 23, 281-292
  • H.-C. Roth†, S. P. Schwaminger†, F. Peng, S. Berensmeier: Immobilization of cellulase on magnetic nanocarriers, ChemistryOpen, 2016, 5, 183-187.
  • H.-C. Roth, S. P. Schwaminger, P. Fraga García, J. Ritscher, S. Berensmeier: Oleate coating of iron oxide nanoparticles in aqueous systems: the role of temperature and surfactant concentration, J. Nanopart. Res., 2016, 18: 99.
  • V. Seitz, K. Arzt, S. Mahnel, C. Rapp, S. Schwaminger, M. Hoffstetter, E. Wintermantel: Improvement of adhesion strength of self-adhesive silicone rubber on thermoplastic substrates – Comparison of an atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) and a Pyrosil® flame, Int. J. Adhesion Adhesives, 2016, 66, 65-72.
  • S. P. Schwaminger, P. Fraga García, G. K. Merck, F. A. Bodensteiner, S. Heissler, S. Günther, S. Berensmeier: Nature of interactions of amino acids with bare magnetite nanoparticles, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119 (40), 23032-23041.
  • H.-C. Roth, S. P. Schwaminger, M. Schindler, F. E. Wagner, S. Berensmeier: Influencing factors in the co-precipitation process of superparamagnetic iron oxide nano particles: a model based study, J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 2015, 377, 81-89.


  • S. Berensmeier, S. A. Blank-Shim, S. P. Schwaminger, P. Fraga-García, W. Wenzel, M. Borkowska-Panek, P. Anand, K. Fink: Magnetic particle-binding peptides (WO 2018/050826 A1/ US2019/0204312 A1/ EP3512869 A1)

For a full list of Ali’s publications, see his Google Scholar profile.