News Archive

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!

The speakers list for the "Ulm-Erlangen Mini-Symposium on Functional Organic Materials" on July 10/11 is now complete: Stefan Hecht (HU Berlin), Sigurd Höger (Uni Bonn), Klaus Müllen (MPI Mainz), Albert Schenning (TU Eindhoven), Christoph Brabec (Erlangen), Andreas Hirsch (Erlangen), Milan Kivala (Erlangen), Heiko Weber (Erlangen), Peter Bäuerle (Ulm), Ute Kaiser (Ulm), Stefano Passerini (Ulm, HIU), Carsten Streb (Ulm). More details can be found here.

Dr. Gastón Orrillo (IIDEFAR, Rosario, Argentina) joins the group for an international research stay funded by CONICET. Welcome on board!

A warm welcome goes out to Balakrishna Bugga (PhD with Anton Vidal at ICIQ Tarragona) who joined the group for a postdoctoral fellowship!

Our latest paper on the "Adaptive Behavior of Dynamic Orthoester Cryptands" was just accepted for publication in ACIE. Congrats to Oleksandr, René and our collaborators! 

Our first postdoc joined the group today: a big welcome to Dr. Xiang Wang (PhD with Ivan Huc at CNRS Bordeaux)!

Elisabeth "Betty" Urbanke just joined our group for an undergraduate project (HiWi). Welcome to the group!

We just hosted an international workshop on "Dynamic Covalent Chemistry as a Tool in the Central Science". Many thanks to our four invited speakers for contributing excellent talks: Prof. Ricardo Furlan (Rosario, Argentina), Dr. Sébastien Ulrich (Montpellier, France), Dr. Euan Kay (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Prof. Michael Mastalerz (Heidelberg, Germany).

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa for their awesome work on molecular machines. Great recognition for this vibrant field of research!

Congrats to Oleksandr who has won the Advanced Science poster prize for Molecular Systems at the ERC Grantee Conference in Zandvoort (Netherlands)!

Mission accomplished - our first reactions are running in Ulm, where we have newly equipped three labs. Many thanks to everybody who helped with the move!

Elisabeth "Lizzy" Hofmeister joins our group as a PhD student. Welcome on board!

René's review article on the Dynamic Covalent Chemistry of Esters, Acetals and Orthoesters was just published in EJOC. Also, many congrats to him for winning the Prize for best talk at the 18th JCF Spring Symposium in Kiel, Germany. 

We just returned from our group trip to Frankonian Switzerland: great scientific exchange with the group of Dr. Florian Beuerle (Uni Würzburg) and some very enjoyable outdoor activities too (photo).

Tanya Rogova (from U of T, Canada) joins us for a RISE internship this summer. Welcome!

Max von Delius has been appointed Associate Professor at the University of Ulm. Stay tuned for updates regarding our group move this summer.

A warm welcome goes out to Lucía Morillas (MSc. thesis) and Henrik Löw (PhD thesis) who have just joined our group.

Congrats to Fabian: his paper on ultrasound-induced disulfide metathesis was just accepted for publication in ChemComm and will feature on the inside cover!

Youzhi Xu and Michael Bothe join the group for their PhD. Welcome!

Our year ends with a three-fold funding success: i) starting from January 2016, we will participate in the Collaborative Research Centre "SFB953: Synthetic Carbon Allotropes"; ii) we will receive the prestigious "Experiment!" grant by the Volkswagen Foundation (success rate 4%); iii) we have been awarded a research prize by the Dr.-Otto-Röhm-Gedächtsnisstiftung.

A study led by Prof. Brabec on the photodimerization of PCBM in organic solar cells, to which Fabian contributed valuable HPLC-MS data, was just published in Energy & Environmental Science. Congrats!

Oleksandr Shyshov (PhD student) and Corinna Weiss (HiWi/undergrad) joined the group this month. Welcome!

Double acceptance: René's and Harald's paper on the thermodynamics and kinetics of our new orthoester cryptates was just published in the Special Issue "Supramolecular Interactions" in IJMS and a perspective "Small Is (Also) Beautiful: Dynamic Covalent Synthesis of Cryptates" was published as a Synfacts article in Synlett.

Science & Sports: We are just back from a very productive group trip in Frankonian Switzerland, where we had plenty of time to discuss the progress on our ongoing scientific projects and to engage in some outdoor activities. Also, our group's team won the third place at this year's Iron Chemist triathlon! 

Double congrats to René who just won the first poster prize at ISMSC 2015 (out of more than 350 posters) and got admitted to the Graduate School Molecular Science (GSMS), a program that provides additional support to the most promising PhD candidates at our Department!

A warm welcome goes out to six new group members: Michael Bothe (Master), Sebastian Funk (Master), Lucia Morillas (HiWi), Nick Fastuca (RISE, USA), Mikaela Ebner (RISE, USA), Jennifer Tasneem (intern, USA)!

Our group's own flash purification system is now operational, including 4-fold solvent switch, DAD detector, fraction collector and the option to perform prepaprative reverse-phase chromatography. Thanks to the Daimler foundation for funding.

René's paper on dynamic orthoester cryptates was just published in Nature Communications. Congrats! Click here for a press release (in German).

Dr. Max von Delius is acting as guest editor (with Dr. John Hardy from QU Belfast) for a Special Issue on "Supramolecular Interactions" in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Please submit your work here.

René's paper on orthoester exchange as a new tool for dynamic covalent chemistry was just accepted for publication in Chemical Science. Congrats!

Fabian's paper on the first organic solar cell based on an azafullerene monoadduct (DPC59N) was just accepted for publication in Chemical Communications. Congrats!

Fabian Fritze has been awarded with a doctoral scholarship by the Villigst foundation. Congrats!

We participated with two teams at this year's departmental "Iron Chemist" triathlon (400 m swimming, 20 km biking, 4 km running).

Our group's own HPLC-MS is now operational, featuring 2 binary pumps, 8-fold solvent switch, autospampler, 6-fold column switch, DAD and ELSD detectors, single-quad mass spec. Thanks to the DFG for funding.

A warm welcome goes out to three new group members: Tobias Härtl (undergrad), Tobias Bachmann (undergrad) and Curtis Colwell (DAAD exchange student from Canada).

Dr. Max von Delius has been selected for the Young Leaders in Science programme of the Schering foundation, whose goal it is to help young scientists improve their managerial skills.

The DAAD has selected Curtis Colwell from Graham Bodwell's group at St. John's Memorial University (Canada) for a RISE internship. We look forward to welcoming him in our group this summer!

The Daimler foundation has awarded Dr. Max von Delius with a highly sought after postdoctoral grant for our project on new electron acceptors for organic solar cells.

Dr. Max von Delius has been admitted to the prestigious Emmy-Noether programme of the German Research Council (DFG). The grant is worth over one million Euros.

In summer 2014, we will participate in the RISE program of the DAAD. Interested undergrads from the US, UK or Canada can access our proposal after registering!

Fabian Fritze joins the group for his PhD thesis. Welcome aboard!

Stefan Grimm defends his MSc. thesis. Congrats!

René Brachvogel is awarded an FCI PhD scholarship. Congrats!