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.  


Congrats to Balakrishna Bugga on the publication of his paper about mechanically interlocked SWCNTs in Angewandte Chemie.

Congrats to Henrik Löw on the publication of his paper on in,out-orthoformate cryptands.

Congratulations to Oleg Borodin who was nominated to participate at the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 28 to July 3.

Congratulations to Dr. Sebastian Beil who was awarded with the PhD prize of the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for his outstanding PhD Thesis on Novel Studies on Molybdenum(V) Reagents.

Huge congrats to two group members: Dr. Sebastian Beil has secured a prestigious Leopoldina postdoctoral fellowship (with Prof. Dave MacMillan, Princeton) and Julian Vogel was awarded the "Studienpreis Wirtschaftschemie (VCW)" for the best degree in management & chemistry in Germany

Congratulations to Fabian Fritze on the successful defense of his PhD thesis!

A warm invitation to the upcoming Mini-Symposium "Dynamic Covalent Cages" (October 25, Ulm University) with the following speakers: Artur Stefankiewicz (AMU Poznań), Anna McConnell (Uni Kiel), Florian Beuerle (Uni Würzburg) and Sébastien Ulrich (IBMM Montpellier).

This winter term we will also have Grace Han (December 12, Brandeis University) and Crispin Lichtenberg (January 24, Uni Würzburg) as guest speakers visit our institute.

Congrats to Henrik Löw and Michael Bothe on the publication of their papers on orthoformate in/in cryptands and thioorthoester metathesis, respectively.


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Paper of the Month

July 2020: "A mobile robotic chemist" was used by Cooper and coworkers to perform a fully automated screening in a photocatalytic HER study.

June 2020: Otto and coworkers reported the chance emergence of catalytic activity and promiscuity in a self-replicating system.

May 2020: Lei and coworkers demonstrated the catalytic activity of the naturally occurring Morus alba Diels-Alderase as first stand-alone Diels-Alderase ever.

April 2020: The group of Williams presented a fascinating study about the self-assembly of  weblike structures by the evaporation of whiskey droplets.

March 2020: Wu and coworkers reported a "peripheral templation" in tetrahedral anion cages by chriral guests.

February 2020: Hermans and coworkers designed a fuel-driven reaction cycle which yields hydrogels with re-programmable morphologies.