Prof. Dr. Hermann A. Wegner's Group
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Our research is driven by the development of new sustainable processes in organic synthesis and their application to control functions in materials on the molecular level.
Under this scheme we are developing new catalytic processes based on bidentate Lewis acid, such as the inverse electron-demand Diels-Alder reaction.
Furthermore, we are looking for new ways of controlling structures with molecular switches and use this knowledge to create “smart” responsive materials, e.g. macrocylic oligoazobenzenes or switchable peptides.
We are also interested in new concepts to build polycyclic (hetero-) aromatic structures as materials for molecular electronics or other applications.
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In collaboration with the group of Prof. Lars H. Andersen "Action-spectroscopy studies of positively charge-tagged azobenzene in solution and in the gas-phase" were conducted. Our results were published in the Journal of Chemical Physics. The investigation demonstrates the potential of this technique to provide the intrinsic absorption properties of the ammonium-tagged azobenzene.
Recently, Burns and co-workers reported the successful implementation of the air-stable catalyst complex of 9,10-dimethyl-9,10-diboraanthracene with pyridazine in their total synthesis of azamerone.
After the successful completion of her apprenticeship as the best of her class, Elena Berger left the Justus-Liebig University Giessen to pursue her career in industry at the Panacol- Elosol GmbH. The Wegner group likes to express its gratitude for her commitment and for supporting science. We wish her all the best for her future. Goodbye Elena!
The investigation of B,N-acenes was conducted together with the groups of P. R. Schreiner and D. Schlettwein. The paper with the title "Control of excited state conformation in B,N-acenes" was published in Angewandte Chemie and is now online available.
One recent publication in 2018 of the Wegner group draw the attention of the press office of the JLU. As a result, the work was highlighted in a press release on the university homepage. As additional advantage, this release provides a comprehensive description of the work in German. See below for further information: