Research Projects

Switchable Molecular Magnets

Synthesis of the smallest molecular spin switches for application as intelligent MRI contrast agents.

Key Publication:
Magnetic Bistability of Molecules in Homogeneous Solution
Science 2011, 331, 445-448.
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Molecular Assembler

Development of a molecular machine for the light-driven condensation of vanadates and phosphates.

Key Publication:
Thermodynamic and kinetic stabilization of divanadate in the monovanadate/divanadate equilibrium using a Zn-cyclene derivative: Towards a simple ATP synthase model
Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 81-89.
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Switchable Self-Assembled Surfaces (Platform Concept)

A modular concept to generate functional surfaces by self-assembly.

Key Publication:
Mounting Freestanding Molecular Functions onto Surfaces: The Platform Approach
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 442-444.
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Möbius Aromatics

Synthesis of the first twisted hydrocarbon with Möbius aromatic properties.

Key Publication:
Synthesis of a Moebius aromatic hydrocarbon
Nature 2003, 426, 819-821.
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Visualization of Aromaticity (ACID)

Development of a comprehensive visualization method for delocalized electrons. Implemented in Gaussian® 09 since Revision D.01.

Key Publication:
Delocalization of Electrons in Molecules
J. Phys. Chem. A 2001, 105, 3214-3220.
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Coarctate Reactions

Investigation of the mechanism and stereochemistry of a novel class of concerted reactions.

Key Publication:
Coarctate transition states: the discovery of a reaction principle.
J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 1994, 34, 91-102.
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