Main Group Element- and Transition Metal Catalysis is applied for the preparation of precise polymer microstructures for responsive surfaces, biologically active polymers and thermoactive bulk materials.
The re-integration of CO2-carbon belongs to the important issues of our time. We prepare on novel polycarbonates from CO2 and epoxides. Here, ultrafast catalysis allows not only to determine the mechanical properties but also defines optical applications as well as biodegradability. Molecular photocatalysis is applied to reduce CO2 to lower valent compounds, making CO2 a valuable building block for organic synthesis (“artificial photosynthesis”) (DOI:10.1002/cctc.201600530)
Additive Manufacturing is investigated as an innovative method for shaping heterogeneous catalysts. Contrary to the established industrial forming techniques such as tableting or extrusion, 3D printing offers the chance to obtain novel and complex geometries. Therefore, it is possible to manufacture tailor-made catalyst shapes for the desired applications. This project works in collaboration with Clariant Produkte Deutschland GmbH (Project of MuniCat – a strategic Alliance of Clariant and Technical University of Munich).
Low-valent Organo-Silicon Compounds
Within the Institute of Silicon Chemistry we explore the nature and reactivity of low-valent silicon compounds. Besides synthetic efforts to novel molecules which are stable under ambient conditions, we try to train such species to afford a transition-metal-type reactivity: can silicon perform catalysis?
Silicon Nanocomposites for (Opto)Electronic Applications
Within the international graduate school “ATUMS” (DFG: IRTG 2022) we explore inorganic nanoparticles in functional polymer composites. Major goal is the development of hybride materials for novel (opto)electronic devices. The research here is interdisciplinary and reaches from chemistry through physics to nanoelectronics and is performed in a high ranking international team with the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada