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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 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 

A Photochemical Single-Molecule Affinity Switch
A photochemical macrocycle, that incorporates a supramolecular resorc[4]arene receptor cavity and two photodimerizable anthracene moieties, has been investigated by single molecule force spectroscopy under external optical control which proved the repetitive and selective activation and deactivation at the level of individual molecular complexes. This synthetic photochemical single-molecule reaction acts as an intermolecular switch and can be affinity-tuned under external control, which allows new concepts for directed molecular assembly and motional functionalities at the nanoscale in the future.
'On the Way to Supramolecular Photochemistry at the Single Molecule Level' [mehr..]

[1] Christian Schäfer, Björn Decker, Matthias Letzel, Francesca Novara, Rainer Eckel, Robert Ros, Dario Anselmetti and Jochen Mattay, Pure Appl. Chem. 2006, 78, 2247–2259.  [10.1351/pac 200678122247]
[2] Christian Schäfer, Rainer Eckel, Robert Ros, Jochen Mattay, and Dario Anselmetti, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 1488–1489.  [10.1021/ja067734h]

Alle GDCh-Vorträge

CdCC 2017 Chemistry and Diagnostics for Clean Combustion


Magicbullet European Training Network MAGICBULLET

Core Facility

FOR 945

Nanomagnete: von der Synthese über die Wechselwirkung mit Oberflächen zur Funktion