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 highlight (Winter 2016) or as a poster (Fall 2013).

Read short interview in Adlershofer Kluge Köpfe / Adlershof Great Minds (2014) in English & German.

Read the Angewandte Chemie author profile about SH (Summer 2011) in either English or 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 this lecture, Stefan Hecht motivates research in the field of photoresponsive molecular systems, illustrates some achievements of his own research group, and finally highlights general scientific challenges in the field, before transitioning to the other speakers in the session.
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

22.03.2017
Aromaticity in push-pull systems
 
16.03.2017
No competition
 
02.02.2017
Aurelio wins poster award
 
24.01.2017
Releasing stored light energy
 
16.01.2017
Tuning energy levels with light
 
01.01.2017
Happy new year
 
12.12.2016
Repair control by light
 
12.12.2016
Light-activated amine detection
 
08.12.2016
Switching azos with electrons
 
29.09.2016
Anne strikes: Two is better than one
 
27.09.2016
Albert Weller-Prize for Martin
 
06.09.2016
Disentangling cause and effect
 
23.08.2016
Assembly of molecular circuits
 
11.07.2016
Doctoral Fellow of Studienstiftung
 
06.07.2016
Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship
 
04.07.2016
Sunlight-driven actuators
 
01.07.2016
Photodegradation unraveled
 
20.06.2016
Flexible optical memories
 
08.06.2016
Gluing polymers with light
 
27.05.2016
Switching mindsets
 
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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