Organic Chemistry is a cornerstone of research at the department. We are working on the development of new synthesis methods to produce new molecules, but we are also very focused on developing molecules for perfectly well-defined purposes as well. Our researchers work among other things with molecular machines, modifications of DNA to create new medicines, the development of new organic solar cells and the development of new catalysts for industry. During the process, we use different characterization methods to confirm and analyze the new molecules. This include techniques like NMR, mass spectrometry and infrared (IR) spectroscopy as key analytical methods.
A fundamental element of our research area is an understanding of the structure of molecules and the interactions with other relevant molecules (e.g. enzymes, DNA or polymers). Computer calculations help us anticipate and later confirm our initial assumptions. We then use experimental measurements such as absorption spectroscopy and calorimetry to study different effects or we do biological tests of the new molecules.Our stated goal is to increase our knowledge of organic molecules and thereby help society develop effective solutions for industry and healthcare.