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.  


A warm welcome to two new group members: Shao Li will start his PhD studies this week and Fabian Schwer will work with us this year as an undergrad (HiWi).

Max is off to a DAAD-funded collaboration trip to Australia, including lectures at QUT (Brisbane), UNSW (Sydney) and USyd (Sydney). 

Congrats to Michael Bothe on publishing his paper on the use of 2nd generation azafullerenes in organic solar cells.

2 HiWi positions available (ca. 5 h/week, organic synthesis). Please apply by email.

Mark your calendars - our institute will host the following visiting speakers during this winter term:  24.11.2017 Akimitsu Narita (MPI Mainz), 8.12.2017 Holger Helten (RWTH Aachen), 11.1.2018 Hans-Achim Wagenknecht (KIT), 12.1.2018 Andreas Orthaber (Uppsala), 26.1.2018 Henry Dube (LMU Munich), 8.2.2018 Ivan Huc (LMU Munich).

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

Max 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.


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Paper of the Month

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.

December 2017: Rowan and coworkers managed to crack one of the toughest nuts of supramolecular chemistry (and polymer chemistry): the first synthesis of poly[n]catenanes (n = [7–26]).

November 2017:  Dave Leigh and coworkers designed and synthesized rotary and linear molecular motors that are enabled by an ingenious Brownian energy ratchet mechanism (driven by "traceless" fuel pulses, responsive kinetic barriers based on orthogonal DCC, thermodynamics and kinetics inherently coordinated through pH pulses).

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