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.