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
Email: Michael.Giese[at]
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
Phone: +49 201 183 4915
Email: marco.saccone[@]

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: S07 S04 C17
Phone: +49 201 183 6950
Email: meik.blanke[at]

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
Email: tba

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 on the basis of antimalarial and antileishmanial active binaphthyl compounds. After this step Michael moved for his Ph.D. work into the field Materials Science where he is working on subtle changes in supramolecular liquid crystalline systems.

Room: S05 T00 A30
Phone: +49 201 183 4915
Email: michael.pfletscher[at]

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
Email: matthias.spengler[at]

Master Students

B. Sc. Alexander Kappelt


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

Bachelor Students

Bachelor Student Leona Postulka

Leona grew up in Bottrop, a small town in the southwestern part of Ruhr district.  In 2015 she finished her graduation at Willy-Brandt-comprehensiveschool and started to study chemistry immediately after. Now she is in her 6th semester of bachelor studies and is going to do her bachelor thesis in organic chemistry under supervision of Jun. Prof. Dr. Michael Giese. Her work will employ the modular approach towards liquid christals based on dynamic covalent chemistry.

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

Bachelor Student 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

Research Students

Research Student Angus Hawkey

Angus is from the UK where he has previously worked as a Laboratory Assistant and is now studying B.Sc. Chemistry at Queen Mary University of London. He joins us for 3 months this summer as part of the DAAD RISE programme, before beginning his final year of study. His project involves the infiltration of cellulose mesoporous host materials with liquid crystalline guests.

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

Lab Technichans

Lab Technician Christian Müller

Christian grew up in Essen.  Ever since he attended the advanced chemistry course at junior high, his interest in Science and the miracles of Chemistry grew bigger and bigger. So he decided to start an apprenticeship as a laboratory assistant and is now part of the Giese Group since the beginning of September.

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


Aleksandr Gelenberg, M.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)

Leonard Kaufmann, trainee

Tobias Hartung, trainee

Alexander Servas, trainee

Jacqueline Bruckmann, trainee