Welcome to the Delius Research Group



Prof. Dr. Max von Delius

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Advanced Materials

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 and Advanced Materials 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.  


Double congrats to Youzhi Xu who won an MDPI poster prize at ISMSC2019 and whose mini-review "The Supramolecular Chemistry of Strained Carbon Nanohoops" just got accepted in Angewandte Chemie.

Congrats to Xiang Wang and Oleksandr Shyshov whose paper on "inherently dynamic and adaptive orthoester crpytands" (the guest NH4+ acts both as a template and catalyst) was just accepted in JACS! Great added value came from a collaboration with Christof Jäger, Uni Nottingham.

This summer term we will have the following distinguished guest speakers visit our institute: Dave Leigh (May 2, Uni Manchester), Johannes Teichert (May 24, TU Berlin), Michael Sommer (June 21, TU Chemnitz) and Peter Schreiner (July 5, Uni Gießen).

Congratulations to Oleksandr and our collaborators at MPI Mainz (PI: Frederik Wurm) on the publication of our work on Polyorthoesters as Degradable PE Mimicks in Macromolecules.

Congrats to Oleksandr Shyshov who was awarded a Springer Poster Prize at SupraChem2019 Würzburg for his work on the supramolecular chemistry of all-cis hexafluorocyclohexane derivatives!

Congrats to our MSc student Julian Vogel who has been awarded a scholarship for his MSc project by the Stiftung Industrieforschung!

Max von Delius has received the prestigious Hoechst Dozentenpreis in Düsseldorf in the presence of the who's who of German chemistry (academia and industry)! To acknowledge the creativity and hard work by past and present team members, they will get a share of the prize (ski trip to Austria in March 2019). 

We inaugurated an amazing piece of art tonight in Ulm: a giant, fluorescing Erlenmeyer flask! Perfect outreach for our transregional SFB CataLight. Check out the pictures at SWP and Uni Ulm.


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Paper of the Month

August 2019: Philp and coworkers report an intriguing case of compositional persistence in a dynamic network of replicators.

July 2019: Alfonso, Quesada and Solà demonstrated that tripodal cages are able to kill cancer cells by means of pH-dependant Cl- transport.

June 2019: a new mode of living (annulative) polymerization has been developed by Itami and coworkers and used to prepare graphene nanoribbons. 

May 2019: Matile and coworkers demonstrated how adaptive networks of cyclic oligosulfides represent a new tool to achieve cell penetration.

April 2019: Moran and coworkers carried out a tour de force study of an Fe(II)-promoted chemical reaction network that may be a prebiotic precursor of the Krebs and glyoxylate metabolic cycles.

March 2019: Bradley and coworkers reported a fascinating breakthrough on radical polymerizations inside living cells.