Center for Nanosystems Chemistry

Research Interests

Our current studies are concerned with the photocatalytic water splitting in metallo-supramolecular coordination polygons and polyhedra as well as metal-organic coordination frameworks. Therefore, we self-assemble catalytic active transition metal complex fragments and (metal)organic photosensitizers in the presence of auxiliary ligand systems to obtain well defined photocatalysts. In the field of organic electronics we aim to prepare open-shell organic materials based on electron deficient chromophores like perylene bisimides, isoindigo derivatives or diketopyrrolopyrroles which are discussed to be suitable materials for versatile applications like electronic devices, non-linear optics or energy storage devices.

Methods and Techniques

UV/Vis/NIR absorption & fluorescence spectroscopy, 1D and 2D NMR, CV, spectroelectrochemistry, ESR, single crystal structure analysis, HR-MS, FT-IR, AFM, SEM, computational chemistry, isotope labeling

Key Publications

D. Schmidt et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 13980-13984, Perylene Bisimide Radicals and Biradicals: Synthesis and Molecular Properties.

D. Schmidt et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 3611-3614, Ambient Stable Zwitterionic Perylene Bisimide-Centered Radical.
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201408067

CV of Dr. David Schmidt

since 2014

Research Associate & Junior Group Leader, Institute of Organic Chemistry & Center for Nanosystems Chemistry, University of Würzburg

2013-2014Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Nanosystems Chemistry, University of Würzburg
2013Dr. rer. nat. (Inorganic Chemistry), University of Würzburg

Background and Motivation

With a strong background in the synthesis of molecular metalorganic catalysts, our current efforts are focused on the controlled self-assembly of multidimensional metallosupramolecular architectures which should serve as artificial model systems for natural biocatalysts like the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II. Motivated by our knowledge on organic dye chemistry and reactive open-shell materials we additionally prepare highly functionalized chromophores with multiple radical centers for the fabrication of (opto)electronic and photovoltaic devices.


Dr. David Schmidt
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Center of Nanosystems Chemistry
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