Adjunct Associate Professor – Precision Macromolecules for Biomimetic Molecular Recognition and Catalysis

Research and/or Creative Works

Severin is currently a faculty member at Purdue University and a former member of the UVM Department of Chemistry. The research in his group aims to create sequence-defined macrocycles, nanocages, and dendrimers with protein-mimetic cavities for biotechnological applications. To meet this fundamental challenge, his group is combining multiscale computer modeling with methods of controlled covalent and non-covalent synthesis. As a first example of artificial enzymes, his group reported a large and robust molecular tetrahedron, which can size-selectively functionalize polymer chains in Chem (Cell Press). Graduate and undergraduate students in the Schneebeli group gain valuable interdisciplinary experience in organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, pharmaceutical science, materials characterization, and computer modeling.



Awards and Recognition

  • NIH ESI MIRA Award, 2022

  • Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2020

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2019

  • U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, 2018

  • International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2011–2013

  • 2011 Hammett Award in Chemistry for Excellence in Studies and Research toward the PhD, Columbia University, awarded to the top Graduate Student

  • Arun Guthikonda Memorial Fellowship in Organic Chemistry, Columbia University, awarded to the top Fourth Year Graduate Student, 2010–2011

  • Upjohn Fellowship for Academic Excellence, Columbia University, 2007–2008

  • Young Researcher Participant, 18th Meeting of Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry, Lindau, Germany, 2006

  • Scholarships from the Alfred Werner Legate at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, awarded for Academic Excellence, 2005 and 2006

  • Member of the Swiss National Team at the 34th International Chemistry Olympiad, Groningen, the Netherlands for High School Researchers, 2002

Severin Schneebeli

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, polymer chemistry, and theoretical/computational chemistry


  • B.A., University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2006
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, NY, 2011
  • International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2011–2014


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Office Location:

Innovation Hall E346

Courses Taught

Chem 241 — Advanced Organic Chemistry I (Fall 2014, 15, and 16)

Chem 251 — Physical Organic Chemistry (Spring 2015 and 16)

Chem 214 — Polymer Chemistry (Spring 2017)

Chem 141 — Organic Chemistry I (Fall 2017)