Jun.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael R. A. Giese

Michael studied chemistry at the RWTH Aachen University. After receiving his doctoral degree he moved to Vancouver and worked with Prof. MacLachlan at the University of British Columbia. Since 2014 he leads his independent research group on Supramolecular Functional Materials at the University Duisburg-Essen.

Room: S07 S00 C21
Phone: +49 201 183 2087
Curriculum Vitae

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Marco Saccone

Marco Saccone was born in Palermo, Italy where he studied chemistry at bachelor and masters level. He obtained his PhD in “Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering” from the Polytechnic University of Milano, “Politecnico di Milano” in 2014, studying materials for optoelectronics application assembled through halogen bonding. After two postdoctoral research appointments in Finland (Aalto University, Helsinki and Tampere University of Technology, Tampere), he recently joined the research group of Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michael Giese at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research interests cover specific non-covalent interactions, soft materials, fluorine chemistry and crystal engineering.

Room: S05 T01 E32
Phone: +49 201 183 4915

Dr. Subrata Nath

Subrata Nath was born in Golaghat, a small town in Assam, a north eastern state of India, where he completed his bachelor degree and then moved to University of Gauhati, Guwahati, India, to study his masters. He concluded his PhD thesis in Material chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India on “Design and syntheses of some heterocyclic liquid crystals and organogelators”. After his first postdoctoral appointment in IISER Mohali, India, he moved to University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen to join in the research group of Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michael Giese.  His research interest focused mainly on synthesis of organic materials for optoelectronic devices, organogelators, sensors and liquid crystal nano particles. Apart from lab, his interests include playing different musical instruments, listening to music, playing badminton and travelling.

Room: S07 S04 C17
Phone: +49 201 183 6216

PhD Students

M. Sc. Meik Blanke

Back in his schooldays, Meik already had a growing interest in chemistry and he knew he would study the subject once. Therefore he began his studies in chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2012. After finishing his bachelor thesis in inorganic chemistry, he also concluded his master thesis at the same department. On this occasion he deepened his knowledge in metal-organic chemistry by his works on heterobimetallic Indium-compounds. Although his previous works have taken place in inorganic chemistry, he joined Jun. Prof. Dr. Michael Giese´s Group for his PhD in organic chemistry in February 2018. Currently he is working on hydrogen-bond induced twist-bend nematogens.

Room: S05 T00 A30
Phone: +49 201 183 6950

M. Sc. Florian Malotke

Raised in Dinslaken, a town in the northwestern part of the Ruhr district, he decided to study at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf to obtain his Bachelor and Master's degree from 2011-2017. As a part of his studies, he worked on the synthesis and characterization of functionalized smart polymers for material and biomedical applications under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Laura Hartmann and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Schmidt. After graduating, he eventually joined the Giese Group in February 2018 as a PhD to broaden his horizon in materials science and supramolecular chemistry. He is currently researching hydrogen bond-induced chiral-nematic mesophases.

Room: S07 S04 C17
Phone: +49 201 183 6216

Dipl.-Ing. Michael Pfletscher

Since he had discovered science in his younger years, Michael decided to study chemistry (2008-2012) with the main focus on organic chemistry. During his diploma work at Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG in Vienna, he already dealt with the synthesis and investigation of the structure-activity relationships (SAP) of antitumor active pyrimidine derivatives, before he continued his work at the Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg (2012-2014). Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gerhard Bringmann, Michael worked on total syntheses of napthalene-isoquinoline alkaloids, showing bioactivities against pathogens of tropical diseases. After this step, Michael moved into the field Materials Science for his Ph.D. work where he is working on subtle changes in supramolecular liquid crystalline systems.

Room: S05 V01 E32
Phone: +49 201 183 4915

M. Sc. Matthias Spengler

Matthias grew up in Feldhausen, a small one-horse town in the northern part of the Ruhr District. He completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry under supervision of Prof. Dr. Carsten Schmuck at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2014 and continued with his Master’s Degree straightaway. After finishing his Master’s Thesis at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, under supervision of Jun. Prof. Dr. Michael Giese and Prof. Mark MacLachlan, he joined the Giese Group for his PhD in October 2016. He’s currently working on halogen-bonded supramolecular liquid crystals and the development of thermochromic composite materials using mesoporous organosilica. When not in the lab, he enjoys skiing, sailing, playing volleyball, cooking, and having a drink with friends.

Room: S05 T00 A30
Phone: +49 201 183 7508

M. Sc. Alexander Kappelt

Alexander has always been curios about how mechanisms work, a trait he kept ever since. After the discovery of the manipulation of substances by mixing them, he found his love for chemistry to the discontent of his Mother. Many ruined shirts and other mishaps later he decided after school to first become a lab technician and then studied chemistry at the Westfälische Hochschule from 2007-2013. He finished his bachelor thesis at ACTEGA Terra on the topic “Dual-cure coatings for the paper industry”. Alexander achieved his Master degree at the department of organic chemistry at the University Duisburg-Essen under the supervision of Jun. Prof. Dr. Michael Giese. Following this, he stayed in the group of Michael as PhD student and continued his work on supramolecular orthogonal binding motifs for functional materials.

Room: S07 T00 A77
Phone: +49 201 183 6977

Master Students

Bachelor Students

Bachlor Student Tobias Thiele

Tobias grew up in Duisburg. He has always been interested in science and experiments and ended up studying chemistry. In his bachelor thesis at the group of Prof. Giese he is working on the twist-bend nematic phase in supramolecular assemblies. He may always be found in the range of a coffee machine.

Room: S05 T00 A30
Phone: +49 201 183 7508

Research Students

B.Sc. Sascha Ernst

Sascha grew up near Kaiserslautern. He completed an apprenticeship as a CTA in 2015. Since 2015 he has been studying chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He wants to write his bachelor thesis in the group of Prof. Giese, to get a more detailed insight into organic chemistry of functional materials.

Room: S05 T00 A30
Phone: +49 201 183 7508

Lab Technichans


Aleksandr Gelenberg, M.Sc.

Isabelle Ciara, B. Sc.

Jarmok Abozolof

Leona Postulka, B. Sc.

Kevin Rudolph, B.Sc.

Sven Kather, B.Sc.

Martin Fenten, B.Sc.

Leigh Peck, B.Sc. student (Hull)

Nicholas Van Zee, B.Sc. student (Florida)

Angus Hawkey, B. Sc. student (London)

Leonard Kaufmann, trainee

Tobias Hartung, trainee

Alexander Servas, trainee

Jacqueline Bruckmann, trainee

Christian Müller, trainee