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. 


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!

Congrats to Yev Shchukin who won a poster prize at the SupraChem 2022!

Congrats to Oleksandr Shyshov who won the "Promotionspreis der Ulmer Universitätsgesellschaft" for his outstanding PhD thesis!

A warm welcome to our three new PostDocs Suchismita Saha, Xingmao Chang and Ruth Gomes.

Congrats to Selina Hollstein on the acceptance of her paper about chloride cryptates in Angewandte Chemie. Be prepared for her beautiful artwork on the inside cover!


to the news archive

Paper of the Month

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.

February 2023: Fukuzawa and coworkers developed a new platform molecule which allows the synthesis of divergent unsymmetrical disulfides.

January 2023: Xu, Nagata and Kumagai synthesized a new member of the porphyrinoid family: TEtraQuinoline.

December 2022: The Mastalerz lab observed the formation of giant dimeric and trimeric catenane cubes.

November 2022: The Stevens group designed nanoreactors which can communicate with each other by photoswitch-driven enzymatic feedback loops.