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)731-50-22791



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 was awarded the Hoechst Dozentenpreis and from July 2019 his research activities are supported by the European Research Council (ERC starting grant).


Our research activities are positioned at the interface of systems chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and the synthesis of functional organic materials. One unifying goal of my team is to achieve supramolecular control over important processes such as (dissipative) self-assembly, selective functionalization reactions, (auto)catalysis and charge transfer. A second unifying goal is to expand the toolbox of systems and materials chemistry by developing original chemistry, wherever it is possible.


Coworkers in the Delius group will be trained in all aspects of synthetic organic chemistry , supramolecular chemistry, including a wide range of analytical tools. 


Welcome to our new PhD Patrick Hoffmann and our visiting PhD Alessio Carioscia!

Congrats to Adriana Sacristán who was awarded a PostDoc Scholarship by the Ramón Areces Foundation!

Huge Congrats to Max von Delius and Sébastien Ulrich for winning the Prix Forcheurs Jean-Marie Lehn that recognizes French-German research cooperation on topics at the interface of chemistry and health!

Congrats to Oleg Borodin and his team who won the 3rd place at the Merck InnoCup23.

A warm welcome to Adriana Sacristán, our new PostDoc!

Welcome to Emanuele Spatola from the di Stefano group who will join us for 6 month.

Welcome to our new PhD student Juanita Ferreira!

Congrats to Oleg Borodin on the defence of his PhD thesis!


to the news archive

Paper of the Month

August 2023: Liu and coworkers developed strong protein adhesives by Lanthanide-enhanced structure folding.

July 2023: Schmidt and coworkers developed a method for metabolic MRI with pyruvate hyperpolarized by reversible exchange.

June 2023: Tanaka and coworkers twisted a carbon nanobelt stereoselectively up to four times!

May 2023: The Anderson group managed to directly link porphyrins at the β-position to trimers and tetramers.

April 2023: Borchardt and coworkers used Palladium Milling Balls to perform mechanochemical Sonogashira Couplings.

March 2023: Smith and coworkers showed how to stabilize and deliver organolithium reagents in a organogel.