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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A new paper published in collaboration with the groups of Andreas Dreuw and Josef Wachtveitl with the title "Ultrafast excited-state deactivation dynamics of cyclotrisazobenzene - a novel type of UV-B absorber" is now online available.
The Wegner group welcomes its new co-worker Sebastian Beeck, who started his PhD studies in the field of Boron based Lewis acid catalysis after successfully finishing his master thesis on cycloparaphenylenes.
The first publication of Andreas Heindl in Synthesis is now online available. In this report a macrocyclic bisazobenzene is presented that exists as the stable Z-isomer.
The publication "Chemical bond imaging using higher eigenmodes of tuning fork sensors in atomic force microscopy" demonstrates the ability of resolving the chemical structure of single organic molecules using non-contact atomic force microscopy with submolecular resolution.
Zhenpin Lu obtained his doctoral degree after beginning his PhD in June 2013.