The actual research topics of our chair:
- Catalytic Precision Polymerization (CPP) for Responsive Materials
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. (DOI:10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00313)
- CO2 Utilization (polymers & photocatalysis)
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)
- 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.