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.

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 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

23.05.2019
CRC 951 "HIOS" renewed
 
22.05.2019
Complex surface patterning
 
20.05.2019
Doctoral fellowship for Christoph
 
05.04.2019
Photoswitches for soft materials
 
29.03.2019
The Yves finally defended
 
20.03.2019
Switchable polymerization catalysis
 
18.02.2019
Enlightening full-color displays
 
18.02.2019
Bavarian duo defends in style
 
01.02.2019
Cold yet sweet revenge
 
03.01.2019
Stereo information relay revealed
 
01.01.2019
Happy new year 2019!
 
11.12.2018
ITN "iSwitch" Final Symposium
 
26.11.2018
Controlling chirality transfer by light
 
23.11.2018
CRC "F3" will be funded by DFG!
 
21.11.2018
Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship
 
19.11.2018
Sebastian's defense & Ivan's talk
 
01.11.2018
Highlighting some recent efforts
 
30.10.2018
Electrochemistry of "stiff" DTEs
 
01.10.2018
Stefan new Associate Editor of JOC
 
27.09.2018
UniSysCat has been granted!
 
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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