Chemistry and physico-chemical
characterization of fluoro-organic compounds; selective fluorination with
elemental fluorine, hydrogen fluoride and sulfur tetrafluoride; development of
reagents and mild methods for the selective introduction of fluorine or highly fluorinated
groups into organic molecules; hypervalent sulfur fluorides as architectural
building blocks of functional organic compounds; development of novel reaction types for fluoro-organic chemistry.
Design, synthesis and physical
characterization of liquid crystalline materials for displays and other applications; dichroitic and liquid crystalline functional dyes; development of
standardized methods for the automated parallel synthesis of liquid crystals;
chiral dopants for the induction of cholesteric and blue phases.
Organic Electronics and Molecular Nanoelectronics
Design and synthesis of organic semiconductors for field effect transistors (OFET); custom-taylored low bandgap semiconductors for photovoltaics (OPV); control of morphology and crystal structure by fluorinated structure elements; new materials concepts for CMOS-compatible molecular data storage.
Design and synthesis of
enzyme inhibitors; model compounds for the elucidation of the mechanism of
enzymatic reactions; synthesis of carbohydrates and glycoconjugates; exploration of novel, fluorinated functional groups; bio-degradable fluorosurfactants.
Applied Computational Chemistry
Application of quantum chemistry for the rationalization of reaction mechanisms, conformational analysis; design and property prediction of functional materials, such as polymers, organic semiconductors, materials for organic photovoltaics and molecular nanoelectronics.