Prof. Dr. Petra Mischnick

Prof. Mischnick

Prof. Dr. Petra Mischnick

TU Braunschweig, Faculty of Life Science
Institute of Food Chemistry
Schleinitzstr. 20
38106 Braunschweig

phone: 0049-531/391-7201
fax: 0049-531/391-7230
e-mail: p.mischnick(at)

Room No. 330

Affiliate Professorship at

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
Teknikringen 56-58
Department of Polymer Fibre and Technology
SE-10044 Stockholm

phone: 0046-8-790 7522
E-Mail: petramis(at)

Born: 1957 in Hameln, Germany

Children: 3 daughters

Scientific career

since 2012

Affiliate Professor at KTH Stockholm, Sweden


Guest-Professor at KTH Stockholm, Sweden

since 1998

Full Professor at the Department of Food Chemistry, TU Braunschweig

Habilitation in Organic Chemistry, University of Hamburg

"Analytische Charakterisierung von Polysacchariden und Polysaccharidderivaten mittels chemischer, enzymatischer und massenspektrometrischer Methoden"

("Analytical Characterization of Polysaccharides and Polysaccharide Derivatives by means of Chemical, Enzymatic, and Mass Spectrometric Methods")


"Methoden zur Bestimmung der Substitutionsmuster chemisch modifizierter Stärken"

"Methods for determination of substitution patterns of chemical modified starches"

Studies of Food Chemistry, TU Braunschweig, Germany
First Examination (1. Staatsexamen, comparable to Diploma)

International Period of Residence

Visiting part-time professorship at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan Stockholm, Sweden

Visiting professor at the Center of Amphiphilic Polymers, Lund University, Sweden

Visiting research fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Visiting research fellow at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Main Research Interests

Structure and chemistry of polysaccharides (cellulose, starch, amylose, cyclodextrins, dextran, pullulan, alginate) and its derivatives:

  • Synthesis of new functional polysaccharides via reactive intermediates (alkenyl ethers, propargyl ethers) and - in cooperation - its application (e.g. biofunctionalization of surfaces, coating of nanoparticles)
  • Development of new quantitative methods for the analysis of cellulose and starch derivatives on different structural levels in order to get more knowledge about structure-property-relationship and the influence of derivatization conditions on the pattern of substitution
  • Synthesis of blocklike copolymers and new glycoarchitectures based on cyclodextrins
  • Synthesis of aminoalkylamyloses and application in bioanalysis
  • Functionalization of surfaces of semiconductor devices for 3D assembly
  • Methodic focus: mass spectrometry
  • Further instrumental techniques: GC-FID, CE-UV, ATR-IR, NMR



  • Confidant of TU Braunschweig in questions of "Good Scientific Practice"
  • Chairwoman of "AG Schule-Uni-Projekte"
  • Buildup and administration of Agnes-Pockels-SchülerInnen-Labor (chemical experiments for pupils)
  • Board member of "Kompetenz Zentrum Technik-Diversity-Chancengleichheit e.V."
  • Board member of "Fachausschuss Cellulose und Cellulosederivate des ZELLCHEMING e.V."
  • GDCh member