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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The Publication originated from an interdisciplinary collaboration of the Art & Chemistry departements of the JLU. The concept of the central perspective is transfered to chemistry to develop new graphical representations for molecules and atoms. The project was supported by the Schering Stiftung.
The two publications with the titles: "Long-lived azafullerenyl radical stabilized by supramolecular shielding with a cycloparaphenylene" and "Exploring London dispersion and solvent interactions at alkyl-alkyl interfaces using azobenzene switches" are now available online as accepted article in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed..
Sebastian Ahles obtained his doctoral degree today. For his Thesis, he mainly worked on new Applications of the Inverse Electron Demand Diels-Alder (IEDDA) reaction and successfully merged it with a photochemical approach.
Hermann Wegner has been appointed as a member of the committee on "Kinetics and reaction mechanisms" of the DECHEMA.
In the publikation with the title "Combining Bidentate Lewis Acid Catalysis and Photochemistry: Formal Insertion of o-Xylene into an Enamine Double Bond" a new reaction pathway for o-quinodimethane derivatives upon irradiation with blue LEDs is presented.