07 March, 2017: Papers with Rahul's group on CONs and anion-controlled gel-to-MOF transition accepted for publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc. and Chem. Commun., respectively. Congratulations to everyone involved!
20 February, 2017: Our injectable, self-healing and multistimuli-responsive hydrogel based on boronic acid-modified alginate just accepted for publication in Chem.Commun.!, congratulations!
15 February, 2017: Our papers on glass-metal click adhesives and unreactive gel networks for photoinduced processes accepted for publication in Macromol. Symp., respectively.
26 January, 2017: Judith's paper on antimicrobial ionene polymers just accepted for publication in Int. J. Mol. Sci., congratulations!
13 January, 2017: Our old idea on anticorrosion coatings made of polytriazoles just published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces! Congratulations, especially to Elaine and Rory!
11 December, 2016: We wish to all our colleagues and friends very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
30 November, 2016: Cover in ChemPlusChem online!
15 November, 2016: Welcome back to Alex who will do the Master Thesis with us!. Good luck!
31 October, 2016: A group of 12 students from Argentina, Colombia, India and the Czech Republic visited us last week through the iPUR program and attended to the Method Course "Chemical Photocatalysis". We had a great time with them!
24 October, 2016: Papers on azo dyes aggregation induced by ionene polymers and catalytic macroporous ferriting-encapsulated gold nanoparticles have been just accepted for publication in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces and ChemPlusChem, respectively!!, congratulations to everyone involved!!, specially to Dr. E. Dragan for her wonderful cooperation!
05 September, 2016: Part of the group (Marleen, Judith, Yeimy) will travel to Sevilla (Spain) to participate in the EuCheMS Chemistry Congress. DDD will promote in an oral keynote the iPUR and SynCat programs of our Faculty.
05 September, 2016: Congratulations to Tamal Ghosh from König's group for the succesful defense of his PhD dissertation "Visible Light-Induced Reductive Photoredox Catalysis in Organic Synthesis"! All the best in your future endeavours!
01 September, 2016: Judith starts her research stay at the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia in Barcelona working with our colleague and friend Santi in the group of Ramón Eritja!! A very exciting collaboration in the field of polycation-DNA complexes! Good luck and enjoy Barcelona!
01 September, 2016: NASA image of the day: Tenerife featured in Landsat Image Gallery of the NASA
30 August, 2016: Poker! Congratulations to Marleen for her Feature Article in Chem. Commun. on supramolecular metallogels with bulk self-healing properties prepared by in situ metal complexation.
23 August, 2016: Our latest papers on 1) self-healing biohydrogels via dynamic covalent chemistry with Juanvi & Marleen, 2) on catalytic properties of keratin protein with Marleen & Asja, and 3) on phase-transfer catalysis with ionene polymers -the latest through a very nice collaboration with the group of Prof. Mario Waser (JKU Linz)- have been accepted for publication in New J. Chem., Molecules and ChemistrySelect, respectively! Congratulations to the teams and specially to Marleen for the hat-trick, which could turn into Poker and very soon -stay tuned!-
10 August, 2016: Gels added to the CAS - Chemical Abstracts (ACS)
14 July, 2016: Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future ....
Where's DDD? ... "Aquellos Maravillosos Años -still with hair-"
28 June, 2016: DDD delivered a talk on photoinduced processes in gel media at the KTH (Sweeden) during the PNG2016 meeting and chaired the session on IPN hydrogels, amphiphilic gelators, TAD click chemistry and glycosaminoglycan hydrogels. A wonderful time at the KTH with an excellent organization!
16 June, 2016: Our study towards self-healing alginate-gelatin biohydrogels based on dynamic covalent chemistry has been accepted for publication in Mater. Chem. Front., congratulations to the team and specially to Asja!
09 June, 2016: Our presentation poster during "Der Tag der Chemie und Pharmazie"!
05 June, 2016: The DFG has approved the funding extension of the Heisenberg Professorship of DDD!
01 June, 2016: Papers on Gd-MOF for bimodal imaging with R. Banerjee's group and metal phthalocyanines-containing gel networks acceted for publication in ChemPlusChem and J. Porphyr. Phthalocyanines, respectively. Congratulations to everyone involved!
31 May, 2016: Warmest welcome to Dr. César Saldías from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He will spend some time with us working on exciting dendritic nanogels for hydrogen evolution!
23 May, 2016: The best reward that any professor could get is the appreciation of the students!. Thanks to the class of Biochemistry'16 for being such a great group of students and congratulations for passing "Moderne Synthesemethoden"! I wish you all good luck in your next steps and, as I use to say, my door will be always open!
09 May, 2016: About 5000 people ran in Regensburg! DDD completed the Bischofshof HalbMarathon (21.1 km) in 02:13:35 (alive!)
04 May, 2016: Review on the use of biohydrogels for applications in supercapacitors and secondary batteries accepted for publication in J. Mater. Chem. A, congratulations!
03 May, 2016: The paper on selective fluoride recognition by a multifunctional urea just accepted for publication in Sensors!, congratulations!
11 April, 2016: New papers on alcogels based on Herrera's squaramide and exciting self-healing metallogels just accepted in Soft Matter and Chemistry of Materials, respectively!, congratulations!
08 April, 2016: Paper on the encapsulation of niosomes on supramolecular biohydrogels for delivery of nucleic acid just accepted in RSC Adv.!, congratulations, especially to Santi! We miss you around!
01 April, 2016: Our warmest welcome to Ting Li that will carry out her Master Thesis on exciting superhydrophobic coatings!
24 March, 2016: Plenty of activities during the last month!
An amazing teamwork with students and professors from the faculty was carried out to participate in the promotional video of the new MSc Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis
(http://www.chemie.ur.de/fakultaet/studium/syncat/) that will be released shortly! stay tuned!
Asja finished her very sucessful internship in our group. It was really wonderful to have you with us and we enjoyed very much your presence, specially during the lasertag in Regensburg!
Marleen moved together with Asja and started her 3-months research internship at the group of our collaborator Dr. Francoise Quignard in Montpellier with exciting projects ahead!
Yeimy has returned from her research stay at the group of Dr. Pérez Herrera in Zaragoza (https://asymmetricorganocatalysis.com/), a very good experience she will likely repeat.
Michaela Bauer and Maria-Theresia also finished their OC internship in our group!, good luck!! And congratulations to all the students from Biochemistry because they showed a great commiment in class and passed the OC exam!
The article "Kleben mit Klick" from DDD has been published in Nach. Chem.2016, 64, 122-126.
and DDD closes his long-trip to India with a great and unique experience in his backpack. DDD delivered talks in Lucknow as part of the Indigo Conference and at IISER in Pune hosted by Prof. Harinath Chakrapani. It was a wonderful day at IISER with plenty of interesting scientific discussions with various groups. Different projects were also carried out with the groups of Dr. Rahul Banerjee and Dr. Sayam Sen Gupta at the NCL in Pune. His colleague Prof. C. Schalley from FUB also delivered a great talk at NCL during this time, what a wonderful coincidence! Our group will collaborate with Schalley in the area of slippery surfaces.
Thanks everyone at the NCL and IISER for the great hospitality!
Dr. Rahul Banerjee's group
Dr. Sayam Sen Gupta's group
08 February, 2016: Our warmest welcome to Michaela Bauer for her Organic Internship, good luck!.
26 January, 2016: Prof. Diaz delivers a talk at the University of Stuttgart (Institute of Physical Chemistry) and paid a brief visit to the Max Planck Institute with Prof. Firscher.
19 January, 2016: Highlight on MOF-hydrogen bonding organocatalysts just accepted in CrystEngComm, congratulations!
12 January, 2016: Review on biodegradable liposome-encapsulated hydrogels for biomedical applications just accepted for publication in Biomaterials Science. Congratulations to Santi and Judith!
10 January, 2016: Paper with Alemán's group on the development of sustainable supercapacitors accepted for publication in J.Mater.Chem. A, congratulations to everyone involved, especially to Mar!
08 January, 2016: We have returned with a new exciting year ahead! A lot of work already with the preparation of the next semester teaching, lectures and grant aplications! We also have some new faces in the group and very exciting collaborations that will make this year special!
23 December, 2015: Last teaching of the year! We wish all our colleagues a friends around the world Merry Christmas and all the best in a promising New Year!
Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr 2016!
19 December, 2015: We are very glad to welcome Markus Tautz to our group for his Master Thesis!
28 September, 2015: Our recent paper "Transformation of rigid metal-organic frameworks into flexible gel networks and vice versa" has been selected as a CrystEngComm Hot Article! It is currently featured on the CrystEngComm Blog at http://blogs.rsc.org/ce/.
19 September, 2015: Our paper reporting the first intragel photoreduction of ayl halides by green-to-blue upconversion in air accepted for publication in Chem. Commun.! The review on magnetic gel composites for hyperthermia cancer therapy has been also accepted for publication in Gels. Congratulations!
16 September, 2015: We are very proud to announce that Gels will apply a "double-blind peer review" process for the
evaluation of its manuscripts [a) referees anonymity will be preserved; b) identity and affiliation of the authors will not be disclosed to the referees].
03 September, 2015: We welcome Markus Tautz for his lab course in our group! Hope you enjoy the time with us and learn new things!
20 August, 2015: Our warmest congratulations to our colleague Tobi (Tobias Feldner) for his new position at the University of Sttuggart!
16 August, 2015: M.G. Finn (DDD's postdoctoral advisor), Víctor Martín (DDD's PhD advisor) and DDD meet in Tenerife! Such a wonderful time!
From left to right: M.G. Finn, Víctor Martín, DDD
09 June, 2015: The highlight on transformation of rigid metal-organic frameworks into flexible gel networks and vice versa just accepted for publication in CrystEngComm!
09 June, 2015: Our warmest congratulations to our colleagues M. Mar Pérez Madrigal (Prof. Alemán's group, UPC) for his sucessful PhD thesis defense and Chakadola Panda (Prof. Sen Gupta, NCL) for his AvH fellowship for a postdoc in Berlin!
05 June, 2015: The paper "Photophysical and photochemical processes in 3D self-assembled gels as confined microenvironments" has been accepted for publication in Soft Matter as Emerging Area. Congratulations!
01 June, 2015: We welcome Visit. Prof. Elaine Armelin from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, an expert on polymeric materials and corrosion protection using organic-inorganic coatings!
15 May, 2015: Our paper on phase-selective gelation by peptides bearing side-chain azobenzenes and their application for toxic dye removal and oil spill remediation has been accepted for publication in Int. J. Molec. Sci. Congratulations to everyone, and specially to Jürgen and Judith!
04 May, 2015: Earlier steps of "click" chemistry in materials synthesis and its historical evolution just accepted in Macromol. Symp.
31 March, 2015: Our paper on enhancing lifatime and functionality of elusive gel networks based on DAC tartrate salt has been just accepted for publication in CrystEngComm! Congratulations!
07 March, 2015: Congratulations to Ms Yeimy Mabel Martínez-Triana from Colombia who will conduct her PhD in our group sponsored by DAAD! Thanks DAAD! We are thrilled to have her in our group soon!
06 March, 2015: Congratulations to Andreas Müller from König's group for the succesful defense of his PhD dissertation "Modular Functionalization of Fluorescent Liposome Surfaces for Analytical Applications"! Good luck in your future endeavours!
02 March, 2015: DDD featured in Angewandte Chemie as part of the Polymer Networks Group Young Investigator Award together with the Novartis Chemistry Lectureship 2014-2015 (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 10; Angew. Chem., 2015, 127, 10)
28 February, 2015: DDD delivered the PhD course "Click chemistry: A versatile tool for materials synthesis and biotechnology" in the Univ. of Florence, Italy.
27 February, 2015: Our paper on the catalytic activity of DNA accepted for publication in Molecules for the special issue "Organocatalysis 2015". Congratulations to everyone involved!
28 January, 2015: Warmest congratulations to Dr. Dennis Kühbeck for his new exciting job at Showa Denko! We wish you all the best!
Now all members of the "first crew" have found their way in multinational companies! Good luck!
28 January, 2015: The paper with Pavel Rezanka on chiral surface modification of silver nanoparticles has been just accepted for publication in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineeering Aspects!. Congratulations!
23 January, 2015: The work on the identification of the sol-gel transition using a microwave sensor just accepted for publication in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.! Congratularions to everyone and specially to Prof. Catalá for his lessons on Maxwell's equations and his patience over the last years!
20 January, 2015: Prof. Díaz, Ambassador of the University of La Laguna and Visiting Professor at the University of Florence.
Congratulations to Marleen Häring for her MSc diploma and to Tobias Feldner for delivering his Master Thesis!
Milena Schenck joins the group for his research lab-course, welcome, have fun and good luck!
14 January, 2015: Nitroaldol reaction-mediated by metal ion-crosslinked alginates just accepted for publication in New J. Chem. Congratulations to everyone involved!
09 January, 2015: Warmest congratulations to Dr. Jürgen Bachl for his new job at Infraserv Gendorf in Burgkirchen as QC Engineering!! (well deserved!!). We wish you continuous success in both your career and personal life!
22 December, 2014: We sincerely wish all our friends and colleagues a joyful Christmas and a wonderful New Year filled with peace, health and happiness!
3 December, 2014: Our proof-of-concept demonstration for the synthesis of supramolecular soft materials with new functions based on amide-triazole isosteric substitution has been just accepted for publication in Chem.Commun. Congratulations to everyone involved in this exciting project!, especially to Judith and Jürgen!. The article has been selected for the Emerging Investigators Issue 2015.
1 December, 2014: Prof. Díaz awarded Visiting Professorship at the University of Montpellier (Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, France) by the Balard Pole of Chemistry (Pôle Chimie Balard).
17 November, 2014: Prof. Díaz Díaz has received in Japan the Young Investigator Award sponsored by Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd. during the 22nd Polymer Networks Group Meeting (PNG) and the 10th Gel Symposium in Tokyo. Díaz received the award for his pioneering work on "click chemistry" in materials synthesis including functional polymers and gel networks.
The award recognizes young investigators's outstanding achievements in the fields of polymer networks and gels. The Polymer Networks Group is an independent international organization for the promotion of international contacts and the stimulation of research in the field of polymer networks.
Pictures courtesy of Prof. Mitsuhiro Shibayama