News Archive


9th September 2021 Shine bright like a liquid crystal

Jens Voskuhl and Michael Giese published a review article on “Mesogens with aggregation-induced emission properties” in Aggregates. Congratulations!

1st June 2021 New Team Member

Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Giese, Darius Zalzadeh will be responsible for the area of product innovations and 3-D printing in the newly emerging Co-Creation Lab as part of the project GUIDEPLUS.

Welcome to our team!

May 6th 2021 Mini-Symposium on Photo-active Materials

On May 6th 201 the groups of Prof. Voskuhl and Prof. Giese hosted the virtual Mini-symposium on "photo-active Materials". With more than 50 participants, we had an inspiring scientific exchange and looking forward to a fruitful collaboration in the future.

We would like to thank all participants making the meeting a success.

29th March 2021 DAAD Kick-off meeting with the Trišović group

On the 29th March we had our first bilateral meeting with our DAAD cooperation partners from the working group of Nemanja Trišović in serbia. We hope on a good and fruitful work together and many successful projects.

SoSe 21 Abschlussarbeiten und Froschungspraktika

Wir bieten die Möglichkeit in unserem Abreitskreis Bachlor- und Masterarbeiten, sowie Forschungspraktika im Bereich supramolekularer Materialien zu absolvieren. Nähere Informationen findet ihr hier oder auf unserer Research-Seite.

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March 24th 2021 Naturally occurring polyphenols as building blocks for supramolecular liquid crystals

Jan and Meik now published their second paper toghether on the Topic of "Naturally occurring polyphenols as building blocks for supramolecular liquid crystals – substitution pattern dominates mesomorphism". 


March 20th 2021 47th German Liquid Crystal Conference

The Giese group joined the GLCC meeting 2021 online. We would like to thank the organizers and all participants for a nice conference. In addition, Meik received a prize for his presentation, congratulations for that.

March 2021 Goodbye and Farewell

Subrata is leaving our group this week. We look back at a fruitful collaboration and a nice time together. We wish you all the best for your future!

January 25th 2021 Liquid Cristalline NO2 sensors

Matthias' work in cooperation with Lukas from the University of Applied Sciences Bonn‐Rhein‐Sieg on the topic "Photonic NO2 Gas Sensing with Binaphthyl‐Based Dopants" was published in Advanced Optical Materials. Congratulations!

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!

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 Switchable Fluorescence Paper published

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 Alkyl-Alkyl 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

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

Cecilia and Dennis published their paper on “Functional Disruption of the Cancer‐Relevant Interaction between Survivin and Histone H3 with a Guanidiniocarbonyl Pyrrole Ligand” in Angewandte Chemie – Congratualations!

January 6th 2020 New Paper on reveratrol-based liquid crystals

Meiks and Jans work on „Photo-switching and -cyclisation of hydrogen bonded liquid crystals based on resveratrol“ was accepted for publication in Chemical Communications. Congratulations!

October 25th 2019 "Shine like a Liquid Crystal"

Marcos and Meiks paper on "Mesogens with Aggregation-Induced Emission Formed by Hydrogen Bonding" was published in ACS Materials Letters. Congratulations to all participants and shine together.

July 1st 2019 Intramolecular Hydrogen-bond makes a difference

Michael‘s and Marco’s paper “Improving the Mesomorphic Behaviour of Supramolecular Liquid Crystals by Resonance-assisted Hydrogen Bonding" was published online in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. Congratulations!

June 2019 ISMSC 2019 in Lecce

Michael, Marco, Meik, and Matthias attended the ISMSC 2019 in Lecce in southern Italy, successfully presented posters on their current research and had a meet and greet with Nobel Prize Winner Ben Feringa.

June 24th 2019 Dies Academicus Teaching Award

The three award recipient Jun.-Prof. Michael Giese, Jun.-Prof. Jens Voskuhl and Dr. Jochen Niemeyer (from left) of the Dies Academicus teaching award 2019.

Michael Giese receives together with Jens Voskuhl and Jochen Niemeyer the University Duisburg-Essen teaching award for their extraordinary engagement for students. The price was presented by Marco Schmiedtchen and Louisa Waasmann during the DIES Academicus celebrations and is endowed with 5.000 EUR. Congratulations to the Young Group Leaders of the Organic Chemistry department!

May 23th 2019 MSDE most-read articles

Matthias and Michael's Review article "Cellulose nanocrystals in nanoarchitectonics – towards photonic functional materials" was recently highlighted as one of the ten most read MSDE articles for the first quarter of 2019. The collection of all articles can be found here as Open access until June 30th.

April 5th 2019 New Paper published

April 5th 2019 New Publication

Together with the group of Dr. Marcel Albrecht from the University of Saarland Meik and Marco published their studies on “Alkyloxy modified pyrene fluorophores with tunable photophysical and crystalline properties”. Congratulations!

March 2019 GLCC 2019 in Paderborn

The Giese group and Jens Voskuhl enjoy the German Liquid Crystal Conference in Paderborn.

March 2019 Global Young Faculty

Within the Global Young Faculty V, Michael worked together with other young scientist on a project which aims to increase the interest of the society into science and research in the Ruhr area. The project “Entdecke dein Ruhrpot(t)enzial” launched a website featuring two short movies which showcase the role of research and higher education in the Ruhrgebiet. Check it out...

March 21th 2019 New Publication

Marco, Michael and Ellen published their work on "Hydrogen-Bonded Liquid Crystals with Broad-Range Blue Phases" in Journal of Materials Chemistry C. The study was highlighted on the front cover. Congratulations.

March 14th 2019 New Paper published

Janek (AG Gutmann) and Michaels work on “Polymorphism of hydrogen-bonded star mesogens – a combinatorial DFT-D and FT-IR spectroscopy study” has been published RSC Advances – well done.

January 9th 2019 New Group Member

Subrata Nath joins the Giese group to work on “Self-Assembly in Confined Spaces – A Tool for Responsive Photonic Materials?”. Welcome and good luck with your project.

January 8th 2019 New Research Article

Marcos, Matthias’ and Michaels work on “Photoresponsive Halogen-Bonded Liquid Crystals: The Role of Aromatic Fluorine Substitution” has been published in Chemistry of Materials – great work!

December 10th 2018 New Research Article

Giada, Marco and Matthias published their research on "Supramolecular Modification of ABC Triblock Terpolymers in Confinement Assembly". This collaborative project with Gröschel group has been accepted in Nanomaterials, Nice work!

December 6th 2018 Review on Cellulose Nanocrystals published

Michaels and Matthias’ review on “Cellulose nanocrystals in nanoarchitectonics – towards photonic functional materials” has been published in Molecular Systems Design & Engineering. Great Job!

November 28th 2018 Cenide Best Paper Awards 2018 go to...

Matthias was awarded with the CENIDE Best Paper Award 2018 for his Advanced Functional Materials publication “Hydrogen-Bonded Liquid Crystals in Confined Spaces— Toward Photonic Hybrid Materials”. Congratulations!

November 28th 2018 Teaching Award

For the lecture "Functional Supramolecular Materials" Jens, Jochen and Michael recieved this year's Teaching Award of the faculty. Thanks go to the students for their kind evaluation.

November 26th 2018 New paper published

The paper of Marco "Alkylated Aromatic Thioethers with Aggregation‐Induced Emission Properties—Assembly and Photophysics" has been accepted in Chemistry - An Asian Journal, Great Job!

August 2018 Funding by Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung

The group receives funding an Exploration Grantby the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for our project on "Self-Assembly in Confined Spaces – A Tool for Responsive Photonic Materials?".

August 15th 2018 Michaels Paper

Michaels' paper "On the Impact of Linking Groups in Hydrogen-Bonded Liquid Crystals - A case study" was accepted for publication in Soft Matter and was highlighted on the Back Cover. Congrats!

August 1st 2018 New Paper!

Matthias' paper on "Hydrogen‐Bonded Liquid Crystals in Confined Spaces—Toward Photonic Hybrid Materials" was accepted by Advanced Functional Materials. Great work!

May 28th 2018 A new paper by Marco

Marco's work on "ortho-Fluorination of azophenols increases the mesophase stability of photoresponsive hydrogen-bonded liquid crystals" has been published in Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Congrats!

April 23rd 2018 New Group Members

Leona Postulka and Sascha Ernst joined our group for their Bachelor studies. Leona will investigate a modular approach towards new liquid crystals based on dynamic covalent bonds. Sascha will study halogen-bonded assemblies and their mesomorphic behaviour. Have fun and good luck for your projects!

February 1st 2018 New Group Member

Florian Malotke moved from the University of Düsseldorf to join the Giese group for his PhD works. He is intersted in photonic soft materials and their application in sensing. Good luck and have fun with your project!

February 1st 2018 New Group Member

Meik Blanke joined the Giese group for his PhD studies. He will investiagte a supramolecular approach to novel twist-bend liquid crystals. Good luck for your project!

October 10th 2017 Global Young Faculty V

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Michael was selected as a member of the Global Young Faculty 5, which connects young researchers from Essen, Bochum and Dortmund.

September 8th 2017 Paper accepted


Michaels paper on "Structure-Property Relationships in Hydrogen-bonded liquid crystals" was accepted for publication by Chemistry of Materials. Congrats!

August 14th 2017 New Trainee

Christian joins our working group and will do his trainee in the field of organic chemistry. Welcome!

August 2017 New Master students joining

Ellen and Alexsander joining the group for their masters studies. Ellen is working on chiral liquid crystalline systems and blue phases and Alexsander is investigating a new design of supramolecular materials by applying orthogonal binding sites. Welcome and good luck for your work.

July 15th 2017 Group BBQ

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Michael Giese invites the members of the junior research groups to come to his place for, scary horror stories and breakfast. Welcome guys and enjoy the time.

July 10th 2017 DAAD RISE student joins the group

​Leigh joins our working group as a DAAD Rise student! She is currently a chemistry student in the University Hull (England) and will be working on the synthesis of azopyrazole-based liquid crystals. Welcome and good luck for your project.

May 2017 New Bachelor Students

​Kevin and Sven join our working group for their Bachelor studies. Kevin will work on the synthesis and study of the structure-property relationships of fluorinated core units on supramolecular liquid crystalline materials. Svens project deals with the synthesis of new functionalized phloroglucin derivatives and their impact on the liquid crystalline behaviour of hydrogen-bonded assemblies. Welcome and good luck.

May 2017 Additional Funding by CENIDE

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The Centre for Nanointergration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE) supports the purchase of a sample heating stage with 10.000 €. Thank you!

April 26th 2017 Master Class in Mainz

​Matthias joins the Master Class “Supramolecular Functional Materials” in Mainz and shows his work on a poster.

April 2017 German British Liquid Crystal Conference - Würzburg


Michael P., Matthias and Michael G. enjoy the German British Liquid Crystal Conference in Würzburg and Michael P. wins the Poster Prize for his poster on "Rationalizing the Impact of Subtle Structural Differences on the Properties of Hydrogen-bonded Assemblies" - Congratulations!

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April 2017 PhD Position available

We are looking for a new PhD student. The research project includes the synthesis, isolation and characterisation of supramolecular assemblies with liquid crystalline properties. For more details or sending your application package (including a cover letter, your CV and two letters of recommendation) please contact Michael Giese.

March 29th 2017 JCF Frühjahrssymposium

Matthias joins the “JCF Frühjahrssymposium” in Mainz and shows his work in a poster talk.

February 1st 2017

We are looking for a new PhD student. The research project includes the synthesis, isolation and characterisation of supramolecular assemblies with liquid crystalline properties. For more details or sending your application package (including a cover letter, your CV and two letters of recommendation) please contact Michael Giese.

January 30th 2017

Matthias' and Michaels paper "Fluorination of Supramolecular Liquid Crystals – Tuning Tool and Analytical Probe" was accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry C. Congratulations!

January 16th 2017

Our group has received new funding bei the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG-Sachbeihilfe).

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September 1st 2016

Michael G. publishes new research on "Magnetic Mesoporous Photonic Cellulose Films" from his postdoctoral project at the UBC (Vancouver, Canada).

August 15th 2016

Michael received a startup grant of the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) supporting young researchers from the "Ruhr-area" at an early stage of their career.

June 20th 2016


Michael's (P.) paper "A modular approach towards functional supramolecular aggregates – subtle structural differences inducing liquid crystallinity" was accepted for publication in Chemical Communications - well done and congratulations!

March 18th 2016

Michael P. received additional funding from the Profesor Werdelmann-Stiftung for his PhD project. Congratulations!

January 12th 2016

Michael's Advance Article on "Experimental investigations of Anion-π interactions - applications and biochemical relevance" was accepted for publication in Chemical Communications!


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