- AG Wegner
The understanding of structure-property relations is the key to create function on the molecular level. We combine concepts and tools of physical organic chemistry to address this challenge.
In this context we explore the unique opportunities to substitute carbon-carbon bounds with boron-nitrogen moieties in catalysis as well as new π-materials. Alternatively, we investigate new concepts to control properties of π-nanocarbons such as cycloparaphenylenes (CPPs) via synthesis in solution, via flow chemistry, as well as by on-surface-synthesis.
Additionally, we use dynamic strategies, namely molecular switches based on the azobenzene scaffold as molecular tool to address fundamental questions. These include London dispersion interactions, smart supramolecular assemblies for instance in macrocyclic arrangements.
In general we place our fundamental research in the context of energy-related questions, such as organic flow batteries, molecular solar thermal storage systems (MOST), metal-free hydrogen storage, or novel electronic organic materials.
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The Wegner group welcomes its new co-worker Felix Bernt, who started his PhD studies in the field cycloparaphenylenes and flow chemistry.
Andreas Heindl successfully defended his doctoral thesis this week. Congratulations Dr. Heindl - You did a great job!
Congratulations to Andreas Heindl! New publication accepted in Chemistry - A European Journal: "Rational Design of Azothiophenes – Substitution Effects on the Switching Properties"
Congratulations to Longcheng Hong - great work! His work on lignin degradation was published in Catalysis Science & Technology: "Domino Lignin Depolymerization and Reconnection to Complex Molecules Mediated by Boryl Radicals".
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.