Institute of Nanotechnology

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.

electroluminescense
Tailor-Made Molecules for Electronics

Molecules that bridge the gap between molecular function and devices

Michal Valášek

Marcel Mayor

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

 

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

Understanding structural and electronic properties of nano-scaled systems

Karin Fink

Willem Klopper

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

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

molecules as qubits
Molecular Spintronics

Interplay of electronic and nuclear spins of magnetic molecules and itinerant electrons of electrodes

Mario Ruben

Functional PolyoxometalatesKIT/Ibrahim
Polyoxometalate-Based Functional Materials

Polyoxometalates represent a large class of discrete polynuclear metal-oxo anions with potential applications in  catalysis, medicine, magnetism, and material science.

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

Nano-Objects and Architecture
Nano-Objects and Architecture

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

Michal Valášek

Marcel Mayor