Research Interests

Our research goals involve (1) bottom-up synthesis of atomically precise, structurally well-defined enantiopure chiral nanocarbon materials (2) to use in-depth time-resolved spectroscopic investigations to get insight into the structure–property relationship, analyze effects that arise from the marriage of chirality and optoelectronic properties, (3) electron microscopic analysis to study their self-assembly behavior, and (4) explore the potential of these nano-structures for applications in organic electronics and investigate physical phenomena namely chirality induced spin selectivity and magneto-chiral anisotropy in a quest to develop multifunctional spintronics devices.

Methods and Techniques

Interdisciplinary nature our research activities requires learning and utilization of variety of spectroscopic-techniques and instrumentations. Synthetic organic chemistry. Spectroscopic techniques—1D and 2D NMR, EPR, UV-vis (absorption/emission), IR, Raman, CD and CPL. Mass spectrometry. Cyclic voltammetry and Spectroelectrochemistry. Microscopic techniques—AFM, SEM, STEM and TEM. DFT calculations.

Key Publications

Ravat et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, Dimethylcethrene: A Chiroptical Diradicaloid Photoswitch
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b05465

Ravat et al., Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 3707−3710, Configurational Stability of [5]Helicenes
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.7b01461

Ravat et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 1183−1187, Cethrene: A Helically Chiral Biradicaloid Isomer of Heptazethrene
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201507961

Ravat et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 983−991, Tschitschibabin type Biradicals: Benzenoid or Quinoid?
DOI: 10.1039/C4CP03522D 

Ravat et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 12860−12863, Positive Magneto-LC Effect in Conjugated Spin-Bearing Hexabenzocoronene
DOI: 10.1021/ja507421x   

CV of Dr. Prince Ravat

Since 2018 Research Group Leader, Institute of Organic Chemistry & Center for Nanosystems Chemistry, University of Würzburg, Germany
2017-2018 JSPS Research Fellow, University of Tokyo, Japan
2014-2017 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Basel, Switzerland
2011-2014 Dr. rer. nat. (Physical Organic Chemistry), Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

Backround and Motivation

Our objective is to harvest the additional—functionalities namely circular dichroism and circularly polarized luminescence and—physical phenomena such as chirality induced spin selectivity and magnetochiral anisotropy, which chirality brings in chiral-organic-molecules and translate them into further advancement of organic electronics devices.


Dr. Prince Ravat
Tel.: +49 931 31-81583