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)731-50-22851



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


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 Oleksandr Shyshov on the successful defence of his PhD thesis about the supramolecular chemistry of orthoesters and fluorinated cyclohexanes!

Congrats to our Master students Pascal Wolff and Andreas Englert who were awarded the Dr. Barbara Mez-Starck-Preis for the best Bachelor degrees at ulm university.

A warm welcome to two new group members: Yevhenii Shchukin just started his PhD and Saptarshi Chakraporty joined us as PostDoc.

Congrats to Balakrishna Bugga on the publication of his paper about mechanically interlocked SWCNTs in Angewandte Chemie.

Congrats to Henrik Löw on the publication of his paper on in,out-orthoformate cryptands.

Congratulations to Oleg Borodin who was nominated to participate at the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 28 to July 3.

Congratulations to Dr. Sebastian Beil who was awarded with the PhD prize of the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for his outstanding PhD Thesis on Novel Studies on Molybdenum(V) Reagents.

Huge congrats to two group members: Dr. Sebastian Beil has secured a prestigious Leopoldina postdoctoral fellowship (with Prof. Dave MacMillan, Princeton) and Julian Vogel was awarded the "Studienpreis Wirtschaftschemie (VCW)" for the best degree in management & chemistry in Germany


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Paper of the Month

June 2021: König, Mutruc and Hecht sreened α-cyanodiarylethene photoswitches based dymanic covalent Knoevenagel exchange.

May 2021: Wooley and coworkers presented a degradable polypeptide organic radical battery.

April 2021: Tian and coworkers achieved the sequence-selective synthesis of a decapeptide by two parallel operating molecular machines.

March 2021: The group of Haino investigated a supramolecular polymer based on the association of fullerenes with calixarene hosts in the main chain.

February 2021: Braun and coworkers observed the formation of structured oligonucleotide sequences from a random pool after replication by templated ligation.

January 2021:The group of Ulrich achieved cell-selective siRNA delivery by RNA-templated dynamic covalent polymers.