Research interests

  • surface enhanced Raman scattering of complex samples
  • vibrational biospectroscopy
  • multimodal microspectroscopy
  • multiphoton excitation, surface enhanced hyper Raman scattering
  • plasmonic catalysis

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2019 Caroline von Humboldt professorship
2012 Wilhelm Ostwald Fellow (BAM)
2010 ERC Starting Grant
2010 Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award (GDCh)

Prof. Dr. Janina Kneipp 
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department of Chemistry
Brook-Taylor-Str. 2
12489 Berlin, Germany
+49 030 20937171
+49 030 20935559


Publications (selection)

V. Živanović, Z. Kochovski, C. Arenz, Y. Lu, J. Kneipp, SERS and Cryo-EM Directly Reveal Different Liposome Structures During Interaction with Gold Nanoparticles, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2018, 9, 6767–6772.

V. Živanović, G. Semini, M. Laue, D. Drescher, T. Aebischer, J. Kneipp, Chemical mapping of Leishmania infection in live cells by SERS microscopy, Analytical Chemistry 2018, 90, 13, 8154-8161.

Z. Zhang, U. Gernert, R. F. Gerhardt, E.-M. Höhn, D. Belder, J. Kneipp, Catalysis by Metal Nanoparticles in a Plug-In Optofluidic Platform: Redox Reactions of p-Nitrobenzenethiol and p-Aminothiophenol, ACS Catalysis 2018, 8 (3), 2443-2449.

F. Madzharova, Z. Heiner, J. Simke, S. Selve, J. Kneipp, Gold Nanostructures for Plasmonic Enhancement of Hyper-Raman Scattering, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 122 (5), 2931–2940.

Z. Heiner, I. Zeise, R. Elbaum, J. Kneipp, Insight into plant cell wall chemistry and structure by combination of multiphoton microscopy with Raman imaging, Journal of Biophotonics 2017.

Z. Zhang, V. Merk, A. Hermanns, W.E.S. Unger, J. Kneipp, The role of metal cations in plasmon-catalyzed oxidation: a case study of p-aminothiophenol dimerization, ACS Catalysis 2017, 7 (11), 7803–7809.

F. Madzharova, Z. Heiner, J. Kneipp, Surface enhanced hyper Raman scattering (SEHRS) and its applications, Chemical Society Reviews 2017, 46, 3980-3999.

J. Kneipp, Interrogating Cells, Tissues, and Live Animals with New Generations of Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Probes and Labels, ACS Nano 2017, 11 (2), 1136–1141.

M. Gühlke, Z. Heiner, J. Kneipp, Surface-Enhanced Raman and Surface-Enhanced Hyper-Raman Scattering of Thiol-Functionalized Carotene. The Journal of Physical Chemistry 2016, 120 (37), 20702-20709.

D. Drescher, I. Zeise, H. Traub, P. Guttmann, S. Seifert, T. Büchner, N. Jakubowski, G. Schneider, J. Kneipp, In situ characterization of SiO2 nanoparticle biointeractions using BrightSilica, Advanced Functional Materials 2014, 24 (24), 3765-3775.


D. Naumann, J. Kneipp, E. Baldauf, P. Lasch, M. Beekes, Method for diagnosing TSE-induced changes in tissues using infrared spectroscopy (Patent DE 199 23 811/ EP 118 1552/ US 6,777,241). 2000/2002/2004