Welcome to the Niemeyer group!



We are glad you found us!

Our research group was started in 2014 at the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Our research interests are in the field of organic and supramolecular chemistry, with the particular aim of generating functional supramolecular structures. We are excited about interlocked molecules, stereochemistry and applications in chemosensing and catalysis. Please see our research page for additional information.

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Prof. Dr. Jochen Niemeyer
Faculty of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
University of Duisburg-Essen
Universitätsstraße 7
45141 Essen, Germany

Room: S07 S04 C21
Phone: +49 201 183-3148
Email:  jochen.niemeyer@uni-due.de


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Bachelor- and Master-theses

We are always looking for interested students! If you are interested in Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry and would like to join our group for your Vertiefungs- or Analytikpraktikum or for your Bachelor- or Master-thesis, don't hesitate to contact us. For a short description of two possible topics, please see here!

If you would like to know more please contact Jochen Niemeyer (mail) directly! I am happy to tell you more about our research and about possible projects!

PhD and Postdoc-applications welcome!

Applications from highly motivated graduate students are always welcome! If you look for research opportunities in the field of organic synthesis and supramolecular chemistry, please contact Jochen Niemeyer directly (mail). I am happy to help with scholarship applications!

Diversity commitment

Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences. In our group, we welcome all researchers without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other aspect which makes them unique. We are commited to create an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work and enjoy science as a team effort!


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April 2023

We have a couple of new group members!

Sohom joins the group as a new postdoc. He recently did his PhD in the group of Prof. Michael Schmittel in Siegen and will work on novel functional rotaxanes in our group!

Thomas joins the group for his Vertiefung- and Master-thesis. He will work on topologically chiral catenanes.

Adrian will do his Bachelor-thesis, working on the synthesis of chiral rotaxanes by active-template methods.

Also for his Bachelor-thesis, Nico will investigate novel synthetic routes towards BINOL-containing macrocycles.

Welcome everyone and good luck!


March 2023

2023 Bowling
The group goes on a two-day group retreat! We had very fruitful discussions about how to further improve life and work in the Niemeyer-group (and found out that Matthias and Sophia are the best bowlers in the group)!

March 2023

2023 Ejoc News

Jan´s Minirewiev in Eur. J. Org. Chem. about Mechanically Interlocked Molecules for Biomedical Applications was among the top-downloaded articles in 2021! Nice work, Jan!

March 2023

We have a new publication! Nikolai´s excellent review about organophosphate-metal complexes in asymmetric catalysis was accepted by Org. Chem. Front.! This will be part of the Emerging Investigator Series (thanks to the editors for the kind invitation). Congratulations, Nikolai!


February 2023

Sophia returns to the group for her Vertiefung and Master-thesis. She will work on halogen-bonding catalysis in rotaxanes in a joint project with the group of Prof. Stefan Huber from Bochum. Welcome back and good luck!

December 2022

The Niemeyer group celebrates Christmas at our favourite restaurant (Taste It India in Essen, highly recommended)! It was an eventful and exciting year (including a Cyberattack that made the pre-Christmas time a little more quiet in terms of emails). Thanks to everyone for their hard work in 2022!

November 2022

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We have a new publication! Robin´s work about bisphosphates as Taspase-inhibitors (joint work with the Knauer, Hoffmann and Bayer groups) was published in RSC Advances. Congratulations!

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September 2022 We have two new publications! A joint work with the Hoffmann group in the CRC 1093 was published in Beilstein J. Org. Chem.! Maike´s and Sophia´s Paper about covalently linked phosphoric acids in organacatalysis was accepted by Chem. Eur. J.! Congratulations everyone!


August 20222022 Defense Maike

​Dr. Thiele (formerly known as Maike) successfully defends her PhD! In her time in our group (starting with her Bachelor-thesis  in 2015), Maike has probably ​contributed to all of our important research projects. Congratulations!


2022 Suprachem

July 2022

After a long time without (real) conferences, the group travels to Mainz for the SupraChem 2022!

For more news, check our Archive!

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