Welcome to the Delius Research Group



Prof. Dr. Max von Delius

Institute of Organic Chemistry

University of Ulm

Albert-Einstein-Allee 11

89081 Ulm




Office Ulm 338 (N26)
Labs Ulm  344, 345, 335 (N26)
Phone Ulm +49(0)731-50-22847
Secretary +49(0)731-50-22851



Max von Delius is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the University of Ulm. He studied chemistry at Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen  and at Louis-Pasteur University in Strasbourg (France). He obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and was a Leopoldina postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (Canada). In 2018, Max von Delius was awarded the Hoechst Dozentenpreis and from July 2019 his research activities will be supported by the European Research Council (ERC starting grant).


Our research activities are positioned at the interface of supramolecular chemistry, dynamic covalent chemistry and the synthesis of functional materials. One central goal of our group is to study complex chemical networks at equilibrium and beyond (systems chemistry). We are also active in the field of functional organic materials and synthetic carbon allotropes, where we seek to apply the synthesized compounds in new-generation solar cells and photocatalysis.


Coworkers in the Delius group will be trained in all aspects of synthetic organic chemistry (synthesis, purification, literature research), supramolecular chemistry (screenings, titrations, crystallisation), as well as analytical chemistry (NMR, MS, HPLC, LCMS, GC). Our research on systems chemistry will contribute to a better understanding of highly complex systems in nature and we are working towards practical applications in molecular sensing and organic electronics.  


Welcome back to Andreas Ulmer and Anna-Laurine Gaus who just started their PhD!

Congrats to Julian Vogel and Jing Sun on the acceptance of their paper about the self-assembly of ribose-based amphiphiles in Chemistry - European Journal.

We are happy to join the POLis (Post lithium Storage) cluster of excellence! For that we are hiring 1 PhD student and 1 PostDoc together with kuehnelab (job ads linked here).

Congrats to Oleg Borodin on the acceptance of his paper about amidinium rotaxanes in JACS.

Congrats to Selina Hollstein who won the Fluorochem poster prize on the 1st Women in Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) workshop

Dr. Hendrik Schröder will join us as research associate for the next 6 months. Welcome in our group!

Our cooperative project about a matryoshka fullerene complex with the group of Xavi Ribas was published in nature chemistry.

Congrats to Oleksandr Shyshov on the successful defence of his PhD thesis about the supramolecular chemistry of orthoesters and fluorinated cyclohexanes!


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Paper of the Month

November 2021: Ito and coworkers synthesized Grignard reagents by mechanochemical synthesis in air and demonstrated their application for various reactions.

October 2021: Amabilino and coworkers used light to move a molecular traveller along a supramolecular path.

September 2021: Zonta and coworkers used wine and juice straight from the bottle to template the self-assembly of supramolecular cages.

August 2021: Richert and coworkers were able to control the incorporation of amino acids into a growing peptide just by the use of an RNA template.

July 2021: Leigh and coworkers designed a molecular machine that pumps up crown ethers from solution on an axle to form out-of-equilibrium rotaxanes.

June 2021: König, Mutruc and Hecht sreened α-cyanodiarylethene photoswitches based dymanic covalent Knoevenagel exchange.