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The Junior Research Group is affiliated with the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen and was started in June 2014. Our research field is the synthesis and analysis of supramolecular functional aggregates, especially those with liquid crystalline properties. A major goal is to utilize and control the molecular self-assembly of discotic aggregates and understand the underlying principles in detail in order to develop novel supramolecular liquid crystals for potential applications in optical and electronic devices such as organic solar cells or light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).



Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michael R. A. Giese
Institute of Organic Chemistry
University of Duisburg-Essen
Universitätsstraße 7
45141 Essen, Germany

Room: S07 S00 C21
Phone: +49 201 183-2087
Email:  michael.giese@uni-due.de


January 14th 2021 Tuning the solid-state emission of liquid crystalline nitro-cyanostilbene by halogen bonding

Subrata's work on tuning the flourescence of halogen bonded nitro-cyanostilbenes has beeen published in the special issue on “molecular recognition” in Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations!

August 11th 2020 Chiral induction in supramolecular liquid crystalline assemblies

Florian’s work on the chiral induction in supramolecular liquid crystalline assemblies has been published in Molecular Systems Design and Engineering. Congratulations on that work!

July 16th 2020 pH Responsive Polymeric Nanoparticles

Marcel and Jan-Erik's work on "Water-Soluble, pH Responsive Polymeric Nanoparticles: A Modular Approach" was published in ACS Applied Polymer Materials. Congratulations!

May 29th 2020 Supramolecular Materials with Switchable Fluorescence

Alexander Kappelt’s work on “Photo-switchable Fluorescence in Hydrogen-bonded Liquid Crystals” was accepted for publication in Chemistry – A European Journal, congratulations for this great work.

April 14th 2020 Review on Alkly-Alkly Interactions

The mini review by Markus Albrecht and Michael Giese on “Alkyl‐Alkyl Interactions in the Periphery of Supramolecular Entities: From the Evaluation of Weak Forces to Applications” was published in the special issue “Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors” of ChemPlusChem.

April 10th 2020 Smart polymeric Nanoparticles

Subrata Saha and Marcel’s paper on “Smart Glycopolymeric Nanoparticles for Multivalent Lectin Binding and Stimuli-controlled Guest Release” was accepted for publication in Biomacromolecules

April 9th 2020 20 Years of the Schmuck-motif

Jochen, Jens and Michael summarized Carsten’s scientific achievements in the minireview “Guanidiniocarbonyl‐Pyrroles (GCP) – 20 Years of the Schmuck Binding Motif”.

March 2020 Paper in Cooperation with Gökce Group

Meik published together with the Gökce group a paper on “Plasmonic seasoning: Giving color to desktop laser 3D-printed polymers by highly dispersed nanoparticles”.

January 8th 2020 Blocking Survivin - A Promissing Way to Inhibit Cancer


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Bachelor- and Master-theses

You are interested in supramolecular functional materials and liquid crystals? - Then contact Michael Giese for more details on prospective Bachelor- and Master-projects or stop by in his office (room S07 S04 C25)

Prospective Students, PhD students and Post-Docs

We are looking for motivated students who are interested in supramolecular materials. Students interested in joining the group for their bachelor or master theses or for a research project (Vertiefungspraktikum) are encouraged to apply.

Applications of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are welcome and we are happy to help highly qualified prospective coworkers with their scholarship applications. For details please contact Michael Giese.


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