We are active in two major research areas:
1) The investigation of complex dynamic networks based on non-covalent bonds, dynamic covalent reactions and dissipative reaction cycles.
2) The synthesis of functional organic materials for applications in organic electronics, spintronics and energy conversion.
Complex dynamic networks
We aim to develop new (coupled) reaction cycles, to design new 3D-printed flow reactors and to use computer-aided design in their optimization. We also explore and utilize new dynamic covalent reactions (e.g. orthester exchange) and use privileged binding motifs (e.g. amidinium ions, fluorinated cyclohexanes) to generate mechanically interlocked architectures or supramolecular polymers.
Functional organic materials
We synthesize highly strained macrocycles and use their supramolecular chemistry to achieve site-selective functionalization reactions of fullerenes and to achieve defect-free solution-processing of carbon nanotubes. We also synthesize (organic) materials and develop new concepts for organic photovoltaics, photocatalysis, battery science and quantum information processing.