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 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.  


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!

Congratulations to Max von Delius who has won the 2022 Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize in Supramolecular Chemistry sponsored by ChemComm. Due to the shocking return of war to Europe, Max is donating the prize money to the families of three of our PhD students from Ukraine. Stand with Ukraine!

Congrats to Anna-Laurine Gaus on the publication of her paper about in situ mapping of HER and to Fabian Schwer on the acceptance of his paper about Aza[10]CPPs!

Welcome to Míriam Pujals from Catalonia who will join us for three months!

Welcome back to Andreas Ulmer and Anna-Laurine Gaus who just started their PhD!

Congrats to Julian Vogel and Jing Sun on the acceptance of their paper about the self-assembly of ribose-based amphiphiles in Chemistry - European Journal.

We are happy to join the POLis (Post lithium Storage) cluster of excellence! For that we are hiring 1 PhD student and 1 PostDoc together with kuehnelab (job ads linked here).


to the news archive

Paper of the Month

May 2022: Another impressive molecule was synthesized in the Itami Lab: A Möbius Carbon Nanobelt

April 2022: Roberts and coworkers achieved the fuelled directional rotation about a covalent single bond for the first time ever.

March 2022: Jiang and coworkers introduced polyrotaxanes in a polymer network to create novel materials for organic bioelectronics.

February 2022: The group of Di Stefano reported a dissipative system based on calixarene host-guest complexes.

January 2022: Qu et al. developed a dynamic timing emissive system by addition of chemical fuels.

December 2021: Feng and coworkers presented mechanochromic, self-healble and shape-programmable elastomers based on dynamic covalent boronic ester bonds.