Section of Chemistry

Molecular Synthetic Chemistry

Molecular synthetic chemistry

Within our research group we work on synthetic molecular chemistry of bio-inorganic model compounds and various aspects of molecular main group chemistry.

  • Bio-inorganic chemistry

Biomimetic research attempts to understand and copy the function (structure) of natural systems such as active sites in enzymes. The mechanistic understanding of active centers and their bio-inorganic analogs involved in energy conversion processes are the main focus of our work.   

  • Catalysis for Artificial Photosynthesis

We develop catalysts for chemical, electrochemical, and photochemical splitting of water and carbon dioxide for alternative fuel production (e.g. hydrogen or alcohols). 

  • Maingroup chemistry

We deal with different aspects of molecular systems containing maingroup elements. We search for new applications of main group compounds in unusual bonding situations in homogeneous catalysis, molecular- and organic electronics.

Research Groups

Sascha Ott Group
We do research in two different fields. We study molecular catalysts for hydrogen production or carbon dioxide reduction. We also work on how phosphorous substitution affects organic pi-conjugated systems with potential applications in molecular electronics.

Ottosson Group
Aromaticity effects in electronically excited states and novel forms of electron delocalization; potential applications in molecular electronics and energy research.

Anders Thapper Group
We study molecular transition metal based complexes as catalysts for water oxidation. We would like to understand how these catalysts work to be able to improve their functionality to be able to use them in solar fuel devices. 

Eszter Borbas Group
Research in the group concerns the development of diverse biological tools – which we also play with to some extent. For more information regarding our research, please check out the groups own website

Andreas Orthaber Group
Our reseach deals with main group elements (non-metallic elements) like phosphorus, and arsenic in unusual bonding situations. We explore how the hetereoelement incorporation affects opto-electronic properties of these materials. Moreover we investigate their use as ligands for homogeneous catalysis.