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September 2018

Rudolf Gompper Memorial Lecture Will Be Awarded To Prof. Herges in 2019

Prof. Dr. Rainer Herges will hold the Rudolf-Gompper-Memorial-Lecture at the conference "Conjugated Oligomers And Polymers - New Horizons in Functional π-Systems" at Bad Honnef, Germany in May 2019.


August 2018

Nozoe Lecture Will Be Awarded To Prof. Herges in 2019

Prof. Dr. Rainer Herges will hold the Nozoe Lecture at the International Symposium on Novel Aromatic Compounds (ISNA-18) at Sapporo, Japan in July 2019.


August 2018

Invited Lectures 2018


March 2017

Invited Lectures 2017


Februar 2016

Invited Lectures 2016


August 2014

Let There Be LED: Successful Spin-Off from SFB 677 and the Herges Group

Proper lighting is crucial for molecules to be operated like machines. Chemist Benjamin Sahlmann has acquired the necessary know-how - and builds his existence on it. His company Sahlmann Photochemical Solutions has been on the market for a year. Kieler Nachrichten recently published a detailed story on this successful spin-off from our SFB 677 and the Herges group.

show Unizeit (Kieler Nachrichten) (article in German)


October 2013

Beilstein-TV Reports on "Record Player Molecules"

An episode from Beilstein TV reports on the development of switchable contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the workgroup of Prof. R. Herges.


click image to watch video on Beilstein TV

The movie shows the collaboration between organic chemistry and neuroradiology at the university medical center Schleswig-Holstein to foster the development of switchable MRI contrast agents. The synthesis of the so-called "record player molecules" in the laboratory as well as the envisioned clinical application are demonstrated.


August 2012

Beilstein-TV Reports on Molecular Switches from SFB 677

A podcast from Beilstein TV reports on the design, synthesis and characterization of new molecular switches from the workgroup of Prof. Dr. R. Herges.


click image to watch video on Beilstein TV

The new switches are based on the diazocine switching unit, which itself is an improved azobenzene. Upon irradiation, the substances not only undergo a color change, but the less flexible molecular structure enables their application as a molecular synthetic machine.

The Beilstein TV movie gives an insight into the process leading from an idea and computer-based development to an optimized synthesis yielding new molecular switches.


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