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Research profile of the Faculty of Chemistry

  1. Molecule-based Materials
    Aziz-Lange, Ghadwal, Glaser, Godt, Hellweg, Hoge, Kohse-Höinghaus, Mitzel
  2. Life Science Chemistry
    Dierks, Fischer v. Mollard, Gröger, Hellweg, Kottke, Lübke, Niemann, Sewald
  3. Gas Phase- und Atmospheric Chemistry
    Brockhinke, Eisfeld, Kohse-Höinghaus, Koop, Manthe, Mitzel
  4. Public Understanding of Science
    Dunker, Kohse-Höinghaus, Lück, Mitzel

Important subjects in the research area Molecule-based Materials are molecular magnets, biomimetic catalysts, cytostatic compounds, fluorinated compounds, organometallic compounds, silanes, spin probes an models for EPR-spectroscopy, microgels and microemulsions.

Protein crystallography is used and sulfatases, lysosomal hydrolases and membrane transport are studied in the research area Life Science Chemistry. An additional focus are bioorganic and biocatalytic topics in organic chemistry groups, which are also investigated by biochemistry groups within the Faculty of Chemistry.

Research topics in Gas Phase- und Atmospheric Chemistry are combustion, atmospheric aerosols and ice nucleation. The core facility „gas-electron diffraction and structure analysis of small molecules“ (GED@BI, N. Mitzel) is funded by the DFG and is unique within the EU.

The research area Public Understanding of Science focuses on research concerning instructions in chemistry during early childhood.

The Faculty of Chemistry is characterized by interdisciplinary research, which is typical for Bielefeld University. Researchers in the research area Molecule-based Materials cooperate with the department of Physics.

The research area Life Science Chemistry is strengthened by cooperation with the Faculty of Biology, the Faculty of Technology and the CeBiTec.
The „Center for Molecular Materials“ CM2 is an academic department with groups from chemistry and physics (coordinator B.Hoge), which aims at connections between technical know-how of industrial partners and basic research at the university.
In addition, each group is involved in national and international research cooperations.

Current work from our research groups 

2-Aminopyrimidine silver(I) coordination polymers: solid-state structure and optical characteristics
2-Aminopyrimidines show a diverse coordination chemistry, ranging from classical Werner-type complexes and one-dimensional coordination polymers (CPs) to metal organic frameworks (MOFs). Responsible for the principal structure formation are the metal ions, however, hydrogen-bond pattern of coordinating anions - especially carboxylates - also control the final outcome by interaction with the amino group and the metal ions present. Substitution at the para-position with perfluorinated aromatic residues further increased the structural diversity due to additional interaction of the fluorinated residues. Crystallization with silver trifluoroacetate gave a coordination polymer with extremely short silver(I) – silver(I)-distances, while two polymorphic crystals could be obtained by use of silver nitrate. These two polymorphs, with visibly different color and luminescence emission, feature the cover of the journal CrystEngComm, volume 15, issue 21.

Jens Eberhard, Ion Stoll, Regina Brockhinke, Beate Neumann, Hans-Georg Stammler, Arthur Riefer, Eva Rauls, Wolf Gero Schmidt and Jochen Mattay, CrystEngComm, 2013, 15, 4225–4248. []

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