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). In 2011, he obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and from 2011 to 2012 he was a Leopoldina postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (Canada). From 2013 to 2016, he established his independent research group (Emmy-Noether programme) at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.


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 Youzhi Xu and Michael Bothe on the acceptance of their paper on the synthesis, supramolecular chemistry and photophysics (with Dirk Guldi) of modular fullerene/[10]CPP/porphyrine architectures!

A warm welcome to three new group members: Medina Jasarevic and Selina Hollstein join the group for their MSc theses and Zhong Hui Lim who joins the group from Oxford University for a three-month DAAD RISE internship.

Congrats to Youzhi Xu on winning the "Journal of Materials Chemistry C" Poster Prize at the 2nd From Carbon-Rich Molecules to Carbon-Based Materials Conference (Nassau, Bahamas).

We received excellent news today: the DFG has decided to fund the Ulm/Jena-based collaborative research centre TRR234 "CataLight", in which we contribute subproject B7 together with Prof. Andrey Turchanin (immobilization and dynamic covalent repair of HER catalysts on carbon nanomembranes).

Congrats to Henrik Löw on the acceptance of his "tour de force" study on the scope, structure and properties of self-assembled orthoester cryptands.

Congrats to Oleksandr Shyshov on the publication of his paper on anion-binding of all-cis C6H6F6 in solution and the solid state.

Mark your calendars - our institute will host the following visiting speakers during this summer term: 24.04.2018 Carsten Bolm (RWTH Aachen)  04.05.2018 Ivana Fleischer (Uni Tübingen), 14.06.2018 Marcel Mayor (Uni Basel), 06.07.2018 Birgit Esser (Uni Freiburg). 

Congrats to Fabian Fritze on the acceptance of his paper on the four-fold stimuli-responsiveness of disulfide-centered poly(methylacrylates).


to the news archive

Paper of the Month

June 2018: Herder and Lehn introduce the concept of a "photodynamic covalent bond" to the toolbox of dynamic covalent chemistry.

May 2018: Arnold and coworkers used the directed evolution of hemeproteins to achieve enzyme-catalyzed syntheses of highly strained, chiral carbocycles (cyclopropenes, bicyclobutanes).

April 2018: A spectacular nanoball (rugby-shaped) was prepared by Anderson and coworkers and delocalized electronic excitation over the entire system was found by fluorescence spectroscopy.

March 2018: Grzybowski and coworkers demonstrate that chemical syntheses of medicinally relevant molecules can be autonomously and successfully designed in silico (by their program "Chematica").

February 2018: Krishnamurthy and coworkers report that diamidophosphate (DAP) could possibly have been an important "ingredient" of prebiotic chemistry, enabling the phosphorylation of a wide variety of (pre)biological building blocks (nucleosides/tides, amino acids and lipid precursors) and their (self)assembly into higher order structures.

January 2018: Li and coworkers describe a fascinating (chiral, halogen-bonded, dual azobenzene switch) dopand that enables reflection color tuning in a liquid crystal host.