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's research: highlight or poster or short interview.
Read the Angewandte Chemie author profile about SH either in English or German.

Note that we are relocating to the Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials and RWTH Aachen University.
Stay tuned and visit us at:
dwi.rwth-aachen.de

Videos

In this video clip, Michael Kathan describes his award-winning work on light-driven covalent bond formation and scission using photoswitches that selectively reverse their reactivity upon illumination with visible light.
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 and energy transporting systems for spatio-temporally resolved chemistry and signal amplification.
  • Light-powered processes: Designing various light-driven macro- and supramolecular systems that exploit cooperative phenomena to directly convert (sun) light into materials response with regard to mechanical and (self)healing properties, among others.
  • 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

20.11.2020
Molecular telegraphy
 
27.09.2020
Light-powered logical actuators
 
18.09.2020
Self-assembly in real time
 
14.09.2020
Albert Weller-Prize for Michael "K2"
 
26.08.2020
Stefan elected member of AE
 
25.08.2020
Towards artificial synapses
 
27.07.2020
Cooperative switching realized
 
03.07.2020
Azulene adds new twist to DAEs
 
29.06.2020
Friedrich Hirzebruch Prize for "K2"
 
31.05.2020
Pushing the limit
 
29.05.2020
Microgel CRC funded!
 
22.05.2020
Interactive Materials Special Issue
 
18.03.2020
Deciphering the role of triplets
 
29.01.2020
Highlighting a key discovery
 
01.01.2020
Happy new decade!
 
09.10.2019
Towards photoswitchable SURMOFs
 
08.10.2019
Molecular Nanotour Symposium
 
27.09.2019
Communication Award for Kristin
 
23.09.2019
Smart sensing with smartphones
 
13.09.2019
Poster Award for Dragos
 
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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