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 studied chemistry at Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen  and at Louis-Pasteur University in Strasbourg (France). In 2007, he moved to Edinburgh (Scotland) where he worked with Prof. David A. Leigh on a PhD thesis on walking molecules. From 2011 to 2012 he was a Leopoldina postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Vy M. Dong in Toronto (Canada) where he worked on several projects in the area of homogeneous catalysis. From 2013 to 2016, he has been a junior research group leader (Emmy-Noether programme) at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and in May 2016 he was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Ulm.


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, dynamic mixtures and manipulate their composition in such a way that interesting systemic properties emerge, which cannot be deduced from the sum of individual compounds' properties (systems chemistry). We are also active in the field of functional materials and synthetic carbon allotropes, where we seek to apply the synthesized compounds in new-generation solar cells.


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.  


Oleg Borodin joins the group for his PhD - welcome on board!  

Max von Delius has embarked on a one-month visiting Professorship at Ryerson University Toronto (host: Prof. Bryan D. Koivisto). Support by the Ontario-Baden-Württemberg Faculty Mobility Programme (OBW) is acknowledged.

PhD positions available! Please apply by email, including an informative CV and a transscript.

Our "Mini-Symposium on Functional Organic Materials", held on July 10th & 11th on campus in Ulm, was a great success: 12 excellent lectures, 10 enthusiastic flash presentations and great scientific exchange among all attendants (66 posters!). Click here for the photo gallery! Special thanks to Ingrid Bopp, Elisabeth Hofmeister, Henrik Löw and Fabian Fritze for helping out with the organization! Congrats to the two Poster Prize winners: Miriam Hauschild (FAU Erlangen) and Ula Lewandowska (ETH Zürich)!

Deepsing Syangtan (Bates College, USA) joins our group for a RISE internship. Welcome on board!

Réne-Chris Brachvogel successfully defended his PhD today - with distinction ("summa cum laude"). Many congratulations, René and all the best for future endeavours!

Mark your calendars - our group will host the following visiting speakers during this summer term: 5.5. Dr. David Bléger (HU Berlin), 11.5. Prof. Christoph Schalley (FU Berlin), 1.6. Prof. Oliver Trapp (LMU Munich).

Our second-year PhD student Oleksandr Shyshov has been awarded a doctoral scholarship by the DAAD. Congratulations!


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Paper of the Month

October 2017: An impressive artificial transmembrane signal transduction system was developed by Williams and Hunter. 

September 2017: researchers from Japan, Germany, the UK and the US report a huge step forward towards synthetic 2D carbon allotropes.

August 2017: Hermans and coworkers describe non-equilibrium steady states in supramolecular polymerization, made possible by their ingenious use of a membrane flow reactor.

July 2017: The group of Aida created a supramolecular system, in which non-covalent polymerization occurs both upon heating and cooling.

June 2017: in a synthetic tour de force featuring consecutive Wittig reactions and a final Nickel-mediated six-fold C-C coupling, Itami and coworkers achieved the first synthesis of a carbon nanobelt.

May 2017: Cristiano Zonta an coworkers describe a metallosupramolecular/dynamic covalent cage whose rate of hydrolytic disassembly can be controlled by the size of ditopic guests.