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Functional Molecules

Chemistry allows the synthesis of ca. 1023 atomically precise copies of a given molecule, making it the ultimate method of nanofabrication from the "bottom up" perspective.

At the INT, in close collaboration among groups in synthetic, physical and theoretical chemistry and physics, we now develop functional molecular nanosystems by iteration of simulation, synthesis, purification, property measurement and device testing. The molecules often involve magnetic or optoelectronic function. Examples include single molecular magnets, electroluminescent organic molecules, photoswitchable organometallic species or inorganic-organic core-shell nanoparticles for medical applications.

 

Research Projects | Publications

Molecular Transition Metal Clusters
Clusters as Nanoscopic Functional Units

Synthesis of semiconductor cluster molecules in a bottom-up approach and characterization of their structure and properties

Andreas Eichhöfer

Annie Powell

 

Electronic Structure in Nanoscopic Systems
Electronic Structure in Nanoscopic Systems

Synthesizing coordination compounds for applications in electronic devices, medicine, and magnetic data storage

Annie Powell

 
Polyoxometalate-Based Molecular Magnets
Polyoxometalate-Based Molecular Magnets

Developing a new class of SMMs by using nanoscale POM as super ligands to stabilize 3d-4f SMM coordination clusters

Masooma Ibrahim

Annie Powell

Biomolecular Simulation
Biomolecular Simulation

Understanding and predicting biomolecular structure in order to understand the biological functions and mechanisms of disease

Wolfgang Wenzel

 
Computational Chemistry for Molecular Building Blocks
Computational Chemistry for Molecular Building Blocks

Understanding structural and electronic properties of nano-scaled systems

Karin Fink

Florian Weigend

Willem Klopper

Nano-Objects and Architecture
Nano-Objects and Architecture

Self-assembled 2D chiral porous networks and shape-persistent macrocycles

Michel Valášek

 
Functional Molecules and their Assemblies for Optical and Electronic Applications
Functional Molecules and their Assemblies for Optical and Electronic Applications

Devloping a versatile biomimetic strategy for the design of high-affinity artificial receptors

Frank Biedermann

Luisa De Cola

Molecular Motors
Molecular Motors

Light responsive imines - an omnipresent and easily accessible functional group for molecular motors and switches

Jean-Marie Lehn

 
Self-Organizing Nanoarchitectures
Self-Organizing Nano-Architectures

Using hydrazone-based ligands to generate and study metallo-supramolecular architectures

Adrian-Mihail Stadler

Jean-Marie Lehn

Optical Properties of Isolated Molecules and Clusters
Optical Properties of Isolated Molecules and Clusters

Using ion trapping techniques to study intrinsic photophysical properties of isolated chromophores

Detlef Schooss

Manfred Kappes