Research Profile

Our research is devoted to the development of advanced organic materials based on functional dyes such as perylene and naphthalene bisimides, merocyanines, squaraines, chlorins and diketopyrrolopyrroles by employing supramolecular approaches. Towards this objective, we design and synthesize novel molecular building blocks and explore their self-assembly into nanoscale architectures and liquid-crystalline and crystalline solid-state materials that are applied in (opto-)electronic and photovoltaic devices as well as in photocatalytic water splitting.

Key Publications

S. Ogi et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 3300–3307: Mechanism of Self-Assembly Process and Seeded Supramolecular Polymerization of Perylene Bisimide Organogelator.
DOI: 10.1021/ja511952c

S. Seifert et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6390-6395: An Electron-Poor C64 Nanographene by Palladium-Catalyzed Cascade C-C Bond Formation: One-Pot Synthesis and Single-Crystal Structure Analysis.
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201601433

M. Schulze et al., Nature Chem. 2016, 8, 576-583: A Supramolecular ruthenium macrocycle with high catalytic activity for water oxidation that mechanistically mimics photosystem II.

 CV of Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner

since 2010Director of the Center for Nanosystems Chemistry, University of Würzburg
since 2002Chair Professor, Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Würzburg
1997-2001 Habilitation, University of Ulm
1995-1996BASF Central Research Laboratories, Ludwigshafen
1994-1995Feodor Lynen postdoctoral fellow (AvH), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge/MA (USA)
1993Dr. rer. nat. (Organic Chemistry), University of Stuttgart


Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner
Phone: +49 931 31-85340
Fax:      +49 931 31-84756