We do research together. Working in the Department of Chemistry at Konstanz means taking an interdisciplinary approach to science, exchanging ideas and researching within a network. Working together with other teams – within our department, but also crossing the border to colleagues from other disciplines – is the rule in Konstanz, not the exception. It is this philosophy which has helped to shape the special profile of our department. This is reflected particularly in the Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology (KoRS-CB), the DFG Research Group FOR 434, the Collaborative Research Centers 969 and 767, and the Center of Applied Photonics, which is operated conjointly with the Biology and Physics departments.
Our main areas of research range from modern, timely questions from life sciences to hot topics of material sciences. Together with national and international research partners, we work as part of a vibrant network to get to the bottom of the complex interplay of molecules, which determine the lives of each and every organism, and to promote the development of new materials with customized structures and properties.
Our interdisciplinary research enables us not only to enjoy the scientific interactions amongst colleagues, but also to rely on excellently equipped laboratories.
Böttcher Group - Biological Chemistry
Boldt Group - Nanoscience
Cölfen Group - Physical Chemistry
Drescher Group - Physical and Biophysical Chemistry
Gaich Group - Natural Product Synthesis and Synthetic Methodology
"The central research focus of the Gaich group comprises the synthesis of such natural products from commercial starting materials. Thereby the goal is to achieve a rationale, elegant and practical approach to these organic molecules that provides enough material for detailed pharmaceutical investigations and paves he way for new marketable substances."
Prof. Dr. Tanja Gaich
Hartig Group - Chemical and Synthetic Biology of Nucleic Acids
Hauser Group - Biophysical Chemistry
Kovermann Group - Physical Chemistry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Marx Group - Organic Chemistry / Cellular Chemistry
Mathies Group - Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Mecking Group - Chemical Materials Science
Peter Group - Theoretical and Computer-Aided Chemistry
Polarz Group - Functional Inorganic Materials
Winter Group - Inorganic Chemistry: Organometallic Chemistry
"Metal-organic π-systems are characterized by redox activity at low potentials, high electron mobilites, intensive absorption bands in the visible spectrum and the near infrared (NIR), and high stabilities of their paramagnetic states. We combine these properties in our research and thereby strive to develop new functions and applications."
Prof. Rainer Winter
Wittemann Group - Colloid Chemistry
Wittmann Group - Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry
"In nature, carbohydrates do more than just provide energy. They're involved in significant biological recognition process. Our aim is to gain a better understanding of these processes in order to control them and suppress the development of diseases such as cancer."
Prof. Dr. Valentin Wittmann