Chemical Approaches to Nanoscience

Organic synthesis enables the precise generation of functional molecular building blocks and constitutes the basis of chemical approaches that our group is developing to address current challenges in materials science.

Check out our group research either as a poster (Fall 2013) or summary (Fall 2011) in German (only).

Read the Angewandte Chemie author profile about SH (Summer 2011) in either English or German.

Read short interview in Adlershofer Kluge Köpfe / Adlershof Great Minds in English & German.

Videos

In this video clip, Stefan Hecht uses a historical setting to motivate his research on photoswitchable molecules that act as optically addressable gates in future transistor and other devices.
In this video clip, Stefan Hecht describes the creative process of developing a chemical concept, translating it into a molecular target structure, and realizing its synthesis.
In this video clip, Stefan Hecht motivates his group’s research in smart light-responsive materials and explains in simple terms the underlaying principle of photoswitchable molecules.
In diesem Interview motiviert Stefan Hecht seine Forschung in den Nanowissenschaften und erklärt die zugrundeliegende Philosophie und interdisziplinären Charakter.

What We Do

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Our main efforts are directed towards:
  • Remote-controlling function: Developing photoresponsive (switchable and triggerable) reactive and catalytically active systems as well as charge-transporters for spatially and temporally resolved chemistry, signal amplification, and smart materials.
  • Optomechanics: Designing various light-driven macromolecular systems (foldamers and rigid rods) that exploit cooperative phenomena (either folding and aggregation, respectively) to directly and efficiently convert light into motion.
  • Surface-confined chemistry: Controlling conformation, self-assembly, and chemical reactivity (switching and covalent bond formation) of individual molecules and their assemblies on solid substrates for nanoconstruction, molecular-scale electronics, and sensing.
A poster summarizing our research activities is provided here. For more information see our research highlight section and read our publications.

News

20.04.2015
Defending in style
 
19.04.2015
First efficient hybrid LEDs
 
19.03.2015
Being first
 
10.03.2015
Two Humboldt Fellowships
 
05.03.2015
Optically switchable transistors
 
19.02.2015
Molecular zippers based on polyazobenzenes
 
17.02.2015
How to switch with visible light
 
02.02.2015
Making photoswitches robust
 
20.01.2015
Welcome Niels!
 
14.01.2015
Following diarylethene photochromism on surfaces
 
01.01.2015
New project "iSwitch" started
 
23.12.2014
Smart release platform developed
 
04.12.2014
Watching single molecule rods bend by light
 
15.11.2014
Welcome Sebastian, Wenjie, Christopher and Petr
 
11.11.2014
Robert successfully defended his dissertation
 
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Keywords

  • molecular design & organic synthesis
  • macromolecular & supramolecular chemistry and photochemistry & (spectro)electrochemistry
  • molecular switches & devices and remote-controlled chemistry & surface confinement
  • nanoscience & material science