13.11.2023 – Radek starts his PhD & Ahmed and Jule start their internshipsToday was a busy and exiting day for us as we dit not welcome one but THREE new members to the group! We say hi to Radek, who will start his PhD with us in the framework of BENCh and work on theory & experiment of photoswitches. Ahmed will start his Master’s internship and support Milan on a project on light-activated labelling chemistry, while Jule will team up with Elena for her Bachelor’s internship and thesis oh light-controlled bioorganic supramolecular assemblies.
02.11.2023 ¬ Graduation Ceremony 2023 – Our Undergraduates GraduateJannis, Leon, and Milan officially graduated! Well, they graduated already before but today, the Graduation Ceremony 2023 for all our Bachelor’s and Master’s took place and they got their diplomas handed over by the Dean, the Dean of Study, and the Head of the Examination Committee. We were happy to celebrate with them, their friends and families and are proud of having had them (or still having them) in our lab.
November 2023 – Shangshu starts his Master’s Thesis and Laura her Bachelor’s projectShangshu rejoins the team as a Master’s student. He will synthesize and study small molecules, which biological activity can be tuned by irradiation with light. Laura will work with Linda on chromoselective synthesis first in an internship and then for her Bachelor’s project. Good luck, Laura and Shangshu!
22-23.10.2023 ¬ Retreat and ENLIGHT Workshop in GroningenThe group took a train to Groningen to have our yearly internal retreat there. We discussed different aspects on where the group will go in the next years. The second day, we met up with the Feringa and Crespi Group for a one-day ENLIGHT workshop on Light-Control in different scenarios. Dongchen and Elena gave flash presentations and both of them as well as Ilze, Nils, Elisa, and Linda showed posters and Nadja gave a lecture. Besides the scientific program, there was plenty of time for mingling and networking and exploring the city of Groningen.
11-13.10.2023 – Nadja speaks at the Indo-German Workshop 2023Nadja travelled again to Bavaria, this time to Würzburg, to attend the 2023 Indo-German workshop. She gave a presentation and had the fantastic opportunity to meet old friends (from PhD times!) and to network in this fabulous setting, that kick started new upcoming collaboration. Thanks to Jürgen and Bernd for organizing and Alex for the support!
October 2023 – Hsin and Andreas start their intershipsA warm welcome to Hsin and Andreas, who join the group for their lab rotations! Hsin will work with Linda and synthesize photo-sensitive amino acids to study rate-selective release in in operando techniques. Andreas will develop multi-functional labelling agents for high-resolution microscopy together with Dongchen. Good luck to both!
01.10.2023 – Nadja becomes Vertrauensdozentin of the StudienstiftungNadja became Vertrauensdozentin (Liaison) for the German Scholarship Foundation. Thank you very much for this honor!
01.10.2023 – Milan starts as a PhD student!We proudly welcome back Milan, who rejoins us as a PhD student. Great to have you with us and much success and joy during your upcoming adventures in (bio)organic photochemistry, tracer development, and redox regulation!
27.09.2023 – Water-Soluble Photoswitches – A Top Cited Article!Wohooo, our review on water-soluble photoswitches was a top cited article: “The number of citations you received places your work in our top 5% of highly cited articles from the Royal Society of Chemistry.” Thanks everyone for your feedback 😊
25.09.2023 - Robert starts his Master's projectWe welcome Robert back! After a few months of summer break and finishing up lectures and exams, he joins our lab for “the last act” of his Master’s studies. He will start a project on light-responsive building block for automated SPPS and try to push the boundaries of the field. All the best, Robert!
25.09.2023 – Elena starts in HeidelbergToday, Elena had her first day in the Thomas Lab in Heidelberg! She will spend a few weeks there to work on a collaborative project and enjoy a beautiful city. Good luck, Ele!
September 2023 – Milan submits!Done! Milan hands in his Master’s thesis and becomes the third Master’s student graduating from our group. He extremely successfully design, synthesized, and studied light-responsive tools from the NMR tube via the cuvette to the inside of cells! The diversity of techniques used in his work was only matched by the variety of colours his compounds had 😉 Congrats, Milan! See you soon!
20.09.2023 – Nadja speaks at the GZMB Summer Fest 2023At the annual Summer Fest of the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB), Nadja got the chance to give a presentation and introduce the group’s research to the center. The group enjoyed a series of interesting lectures across the disciplines and got new inspiration for our ongoing projects.
13-15.10.2023 – Nadja joins the Bioorganic Conference for Young PIs in MunichNadja travelled to Munich to attend the 30th edition of the (Bio)organic Conference in Munich. Great place to connect with the junior group leader community in and around Germany and foster new collaborations. Many thanks to the organizers for their fantastic job and their invitation as well as the FCI for sponsorship.
September 2023 – Summer WorkshopsTo not get rusty over the more relaxed summer break, we had two internal workshops on Reading&Writing and Presentations to improve our skills outside the lab. Both workshops were highly interactive, and we will build on what we learned during the next semester.
11.09.2023 – Betriebsausflug! Group Outing 2023Together with the Diederichsen Group and the Walker Lab, we organized a team day. We quickly formed the “Ruby Red Reve(a)lers” (We reveal everything), the “Massive Blackhole Output” (Productive like the output of a blackhole), “the Underdogs” (the underdogs always win!), “the green dream team” (Chasing Greenery, Not Chemistry!), the “Old and Wise” (an ELEphant never forgets), and the “Azure Alliance” (Now blue and later too!) and went downtown on a treasure hunt. Despite tough riddles to crack and an even tougher heat to survive, we had a fun afternoon that ended in our first international evening.
September 2023 –Thanh Tan starts his internshipWe welcome Thanh Tan to the group, who is starting is internship with Linda. He is going to establish an analytic platform to quantify photochemical transformations by HPLC-MS analysis.
28.-30.08.2023 – Ilze and Elena travel to Jena to Join the German Peptide SymposiumIlze and Elena packed their posters and travelled to Jena to join the German Peptide Symposium. The presented their work and brought a huge amount of new ideas for their projects back to Göttingen!
27-31.08-2023 – Nadja and Linda attend the Photobiology Symposium in LyonLinda and Nadja travelled to the beautiful city of Lyon to attend the Symposium of the European Society for Photobiology. Nadja gave a talk and received the Young Investigator award and Linda showed a poster and gave an oral presentation. We used the time to network with the community and share our ideas on future directions of the field. See you in two years!
August 2023 – Nils' article is published in Nachrichten aus der ChemieNils wrote our second highlight article for "Synthese in Blickpunkt" in the journal of the German Chemist's Association. He summarized the latest developments on the enantioselective synthesis of helicenes. Congratulations on this nice work!
18.08.2023 – Summer BBQ with the Alcarazos & WalkersOnce again we celebrate the end of the summer semester together with the Alcarazo Group and the Walker Lab. Manuel prepared a gigantic paella to share and we spent a nice evening at the OC cafete. We used beers and wine to cheer to recent papers and cake to round of the evening.
10.08.2023 – Outreach: X-Lab students visit our lab!The age-average of our lab members significantly decreased for one morning! We had (for the second time) the pleasure to host high school students from all over the globe attending the XLab summer camp in our labs! Nadja, Dongchen, and Ilze showed them all the steps from synthesizing dyes, to fluorescence labeling and FRET measurements including experiments that they could do themselves. Everyone involved enjoyed the morning and we are looking forward to hosting the next round in one year :D
August 2023 – The summer brings new students to the lab!We welcome three new students to the group! Pia returns as a JuniorBENCher (see here for more info) to make a library of phenylazopyrazole photoswitches that will help us to kick off our BENCh projects comparing experiment and theory. Also, Klaas joins us as HiWi. He will support our peptide team and work on the synthesis of unnaturally modified peptides. Shangshu join us for his lab rotation and will make new labels for high-resolution fluorescence microscopy together with Dongchen. Welcome all and best of luck in your projects!
25.07.2023 – Nadja receives the ESP Young Investigator AwardNadja was selected as one of the two awardees for the Young Investigator Award of the European Society of Photobiology! Both awardees are invited to present their research in Lyon in late August. Thanks a lot for this recognition of our lab’s work!
22.07.2023 – Football Tournament of the Chemistry DepartmentWe teamed up with the Walker Lab and joined the Chemistry Football Tournament 2023 organized by the Fachschaft Chemie. As “the fluorescent and the furious” we died some T-Shirts to match our research interests and met up to see if our skills with the ball were matching with those handling round bottom flasks. While a detailed analysis is still pending, we can already conclude that some scenes on the field were definetly more spectacular than an average lab day 😉 We had lots of fun that day in and outside the field and now go back to enjoy the rest of summer in the lab or at a sunny holiday spot.
11.07.2023 – Nadja speaks at the SystemsChemistry Online SymposiumNadja was invited to deliver a flash presentation at the Systems Chemistry 23 Online Symposium and discussed the group’s most recent research and future directions the lab will undertake to move from the single molecule level towards building light-controlled systems bottom up. Thanks a lot for the invitation!
11.07.2023 – We are now Member of the GZMB!From today on, our lab is a junior research group as member of the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB). We are looking forward to work together in this network and intensify our interactions crossing the borders of disciplines!
27-30.06.2023 – Tetrahedron Symposium Gothenburg, SwedenNils, Elisa, Elena, Ilze, and Nadja traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden, to attend the 2023 Tetrahedran Symposium! Our PhD students presented posters on their current projects receiving a lot of attention and got new ideas and Nadja showed some photoclick chemistry from her postdoc work. Besides science, we also found some time to explore Gothenburg and its surroundings by foot and boat always looking out for sudden rain. With a bunch of happy memories, we all made it back safe to Göttingen und trying to realize our ideas in the lab.
17.06.2023 – Group Outing to the Unicorn CaveLast year, we went to the Broken – as high as you can go in the Harz – this year, we tried to go down and visited the “unicorn cave”. While “going down” did not fully work out as the cave is actually on a hill in the forest, we at least got to know the unicorn that led to the name of the cave as well as all its famous visitors – now also proudly listing the NASC lab 😊 On the way back, we also found a nice castle where we used all of our combined skill to make this artistic picture.
14.06.2023 – Summer Party of the FachschaftYou might not believe it as, again, there are no pictures from this event – but today we finished work a bit earlier and went to join the rest of the department at the summer party of Chemistry organized by the Fachschaft 😊 It was great fun and we try to provide some evidence next year!
05.06.2023 – Jennifer starts!Today, we welcome Jennifer, who starts her Master’s internship with Amrita. They will work on preparing a series of chromatically orthogonal photocages to explore their properties in various experimental settings. Welcome, Jennifer, good luck and a lot of fun in the next few weeks!
26.05.2023 – Introductory Talk for Biochemistry StudentsNadja gave a short lecture for biochemistry bachelor students to introduce the group’s research and present open topics for research stays (Fachvertiefung) or Bachelor’s projects. Interested students are encouraged to reach out via email (firstname.lastname@example.org & our team members) or swing by our labs for an informal chat!
22.05.2023 – Ilze’s paper got accepted!Even more good news! Ilze’s paper got accepted in ChemBioChem. The work is her first first-author scientific paper of her PhD and the second experimental paper of the group! Ilze presents how photolabile staples can influence both the secondary structure of peptides and their supramolecular self-assembly. We combined our experimental results with MD simulations in a team effort with Sophia and Jon from the Mata lab. Congrats to all, well done!
20-23.03.2023 – Elena, Elisa, and Ilze at Pint of Science in GöttingenFinally, after one year of waiting, Pint of Science is back in Göttingen – and with what a program! 22 speakers, 4 bars, 3 days – and several of our lab members were involved in making this possible. Elena and Elisa steered the organization in the last few months and Ilze joined the support staff for all three evenings. Also, Elena gave an experimental presentation on the “Science of Soap Bubbles” on the closing evening of the event!
20.05.2023 – Ilze and Elisa received Travel FellowshipsMonday morning came with good news – both Ilze and Elisa were able to secure travel fellowships from the Dorothea Schlözer-Programme to attend the Tetrahedron Symposium in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June. Congratulations to both!
15.05.2023 – Amelie starts her internship!Today, Amelie starts her intership with us! She will work together with Elisa on the synthesis of oligo-nucleotide analogous and hopefully will also do the first structural studies of our new molecules! Welcome and a lot of success!
12-13.05.2023 – EuChems YIW on Life Sciences in HelsinkiJust back in Göttingen and gone again – Nadja flew out to Helsinki to give a lecture at the EuChems Young Investigator Workshop of the Life Science division, she was selected for as one of two representatives from Germany. Finland greeted the attendees with beautiful weather and the European spirit was strong among the international attendees. What a great experience and encouragement to do science with the next generation of European Young Chemists. Many thanks to Olalla Vazquez for the nomination and GDCh for the support!
09.05.2023 – Lecture in FrankfurtNadja recieved her first external seminar invitation in Germany and travels to Frankfurt am Main to visit Alex Heckel and colleagues at the Goethe University! She was meeting up with renewed collaborators (Sebastian did his postdoc on the same floor in Groningen, which gave a paper), got to meet some people from the field finally in person, and gave a talk on the group’s latest research. Thanks for the hospitality!
08.05.2023 – BENCh gets funded!It is official! BENCh got funded – and so got we! The DFG confirmed that the success story of RTG2455 “Benchmark Experiments for Numerical Quantum Chemistry” (BENCh) will continue in a second funding period – and we are going to be part of it! Stay tuned for more information!
05.05.2023 – Eli & Ele make it into the Newspaper!Today we could find our two most cherished Italians reading the Göttinger Tagblatt – with good reason! Both are part of the Pint-of-Science Göttingen Organization team and the event that will take place in a few days was featured in the local newspaper including interviews with the team members. Congratulations! This is definitely worth paper cake 😊
If you want to learn more about PoS Göttingen or join the support crew visit their website or contact our team members!
03.05.2023 - Workshop at WileyTogether with our friends from the Walker Lab, the Bismuto Lab, and the Alcarazo Lab, the group was invited to Weinheim to visit the Wiley-VCH head quarters for a workshop. We got to know a lot about academic publishing, paper writing, and literature search and got to look into the editor's black box. Thanks a lot for the invitation! It was an absolute pleasure!
01.05.2023 – Milan's article is published in Nachrichten aus der ChemieMilan wrote a highlight article for "Synthese in Blickpunkt" in the journal of the German Chemist's Association focusing on the most recent developments in sceletal editing and making the content available for the German speaking readership. Congratulations!
27.04.2023 - Outreach! Nils hosts the Future Day!Today Nils is introducing an 11-year old high school student to chemistry! He put together a couple of experiments using houshold "chemicals" to show every day chemistry and biochemistry and explained the science of our daily lives as well as a bit of our work. Both mentor and mentee had a lot of fun and truely enjoyed the day!
25.04.23 – Robert starts his internshipThis week we say “Welcome!” to Robert, who will join us for his lab rotation. He started off with preparing a great cake and will work in the coming weeks together with Elena on preparing light-responsive amino acids and peptides. Good luck!
20.04.2023 – Angrillen! First Group BBQ of the yearAs spring seemed to be near, we plan our first group BBQ of the year – to unfortunately find out that we picked the coldest day of the week. Nevertheless, Nils and Dennis withstood the weather and made use of fire to warm their colleagues and friends and some more or less local specialties. We also took an updated picture of the group! “Sadly” we will need to repeat the event on a sunnier day to get a picture on which we are not freezing.
17-19.04.2023 – ArtMoMa Spring Workshop in BolognaNadja was invited to speak at the ArtMoMa Spring School 2023 in Bologna about how to use photoresponsive tools to visualize and manipulate the biological machinery (these days obviously focusing on peptide-based tools). A great meeting and a beautiful city, though the balcony of photochemistry has yet to be found…
12.04.23 – Pilar start her Master ThesisToday Pilar joins us to do her Master's Thesis project in our group! She previously did projects in the Meyer and Steinem labs and now will work in our group on ligh-responsive transport systems and nano storage containers for potential biological applications. Best of luck with your thesis, many adventures in our lab, and a smooth start!
24.03.2023 – Elena becomes a Hertha Sponer College MemberElena was selected as a new member to the Hertha Sponer College of the MBExC Göttingen. “The Hertha Sponer College targets particularly talented students and early career researchers and supports personalized research training to spark and foster enthusiasm for research at the boundary of the natural sciences and biomedicine. The overall aim is to promote cutting-edge, interdisciplinary early career researchers on their way to independence, to thus educate a new generation of future research leaders.” Congrats, Elena, to this achievement, we are very proud of you and are looking forward to a great cake to celebrate!
23.03.2023 - Nadja joins the Stunde der WissenschaftNadja was invited to contribute to “Eine Stunde für die Wissenschaft” of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The discussion was all around the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA), which was constituted in December 2022 to foster advances in the qualitative rather than the quantitative assessment of science and scientists. Thanks a lot for the invitation to speak about this important topic. Read more about the CoARA here.
22.03.2023 - Nadja was selected to join the 3rd YIW in HelsinkiNadja was selected as the Germany representative for the Young Investigator Workshop (YIW2023) of the EuChemS Division of Chemistry in Life Sciences in Helsinki in May. Thanks a lot for this great honor and supporting our work!
21.03.2023 - Leon submits!Leon Zinserling submits his Bachelor Thesis and officially concludes a wild trip through the world of synthesis, reaction monitoring, and spectroscopy! He did not let any name reaction untried in the quest of obtaining his target molecules and was usually found at the LCMS or the benchtop NMR analyzing the outcome of his endeavors. With the support of Dongchen and Nils, he wrote up a nice piece of work and finished his project – but not his stay in the group! Leon will come back as a HiWi and we are very happy for about this.
20-22.03.2023 - BENCh RetreatNadja travels to Burg Bodenstein to join the BENCh retreat (RTG 2455 Benchmark experiments for numerical quantum chemistry). Two and a half days filled with benchmarking of experiments and theory and vice versa past by far too quickly by highly enjoyable talks of students and guest speakers. Thanks a lot to the organizing team: Sophie, Robin, and Disha! And special thanks to Dan Obenchain for exploring the castle’s surrounding and options to conquer.
13-17.03.2023 - Chemiedozententagung 2023Nadja travels to Dresden to attend the Chemiedozententagung 2023, together with some of her colleagues from the department. It was a great meet-up with friends and collaborators and an ideal platform to discuss science and fiction. Also, the conference dinner at the museum for hygiene, that opened its doors for us during the night was a special highlight. See you next year in Aachen!
13.03.2023 - Dennis starts his internship – Welcome!We welcome Dennis Marzin, who will join us for his lab rotation and work with Nils on the synthesis and characterization of photoactive small molecules. Dennis was a Bachelor’s student in the Diederichsen Group and luckily already knows his way around. We with you a smooth start and a lot of fun in the next weeks!
March 2023 - Wohooo! The group receives startup funding from the CRC1286Good news everyone! Our group will be supported by the CRC1286 with a startup grant to strengthen our collaborations with several groups in biology and physiology! Exciting times to come :D
6-8.03.2023 - Linda, Dongchen, Nils, and Nadja were at the MBExC RetreatAfter only two weeks, we go back to Volpriehausen! Same location but different science as we joined now as a team of four the retreat of the MBExC. Linda, Dongchen, and Nils presented posters, and Nadja gave (actually a couple of) presentations of the group’s research and future directions. We had fruitful discussions with old friends and made some new ones, so stay tuned on what’s coming 😊
20-22.02.2023 - Elena and Nadja join the CRC1286 RetreatElena and Nadja travelled to Volpriehausen close to Uslar to join the retreat of the CRC1286 retreat. Nadja delivered a talk and Elena presented a poster to introduce the group’s research and discuss ongoing projects with collaborators. The evenings invited for a relaxed get-together, good food, archery, and brain stroming sessions for new joint projects.
17.02.2023 - Trampolines at the Group OutingToday, we left the lab a bit early to go together for a group outing to the trampoline world. We reached completely unforeseen heights and new criteria to receive a doctorate were proposed (“only one may get the title…”). Also, ninja-like speed contests as well as basketball skills could be refined. Afterwards, we went downtown for dinner to refill our carb stocks.
17.02.2023 - Angewandte Paper with the Szymanksi & Feringa GroupsA project that started during Nadja’s postdoc time and continued for a while afterwards eventually came to an end. Thus, we proudly present the results and a recent Angewante paper. Please enjoy reading our work on chemoselective, ultrafast photoclick chemistry and orthogonally reacting systems, nanoparticle-functionalization, and biorthogonal labelling!
17.02.2023 - Immanuel submitted his Thesis!Master #2 is in the house! Today, Immanuel submitted his thesis and becomes the second Master’s graduate from our lab. He went through a wild ride of synthesis, spectroscopy, and quenching experiments optimizing a challenging FRET-assay for his system. Thanks a lot for your hard work and all the best for your future!
10-12.02.2023 - Commission Work in HannoverNadja travels to Hannover to serve as member of the selection commission for the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes She spent a nice weekend discussion with first year students of all disciplines about their background and interests. As usual a refreshing change from the daily routine, while enjoying a well-organized weekend at the Stephanstift in Hannover.
We are hiring!We have a PhD Position open to combine synthesis, spectroscopy, and DFT to design and BENChmark the new generation of photoswitches! All information on how to apply are in the link.
We are looking forward to hearing from you.!
January 2023 - Jacob and Stefano visitDirectly in the first week of January, we were visited by our collaborators Jacob van der Wal and Stefano Crespi from the Ångströmlaboratoriet, Uppsala. To kick of a new project, we synthesized key molecules and performed some proof-of-principle experiments in our lab. Stay tuned for more to come😊
02.10.2023 - Linda starts!The New Year brings new faces to the group – and we say welcome to dr. Linda Eijsink! Linda joins us as a new postdoctoral researcher and will strengthen our team especially with her vast knowledge in close-to-all spectroscopic techniques that are out there. We are happy to have you with us and wish you a great start!
23.12.2022 – Holiday BreakThe End (of the Year) Is Nigh - and we say goodbye for a short Holiday Break! Happy Holidays! See you again in 2023 with new adventures and science from our lab!
14.12.2022 – Goodbye Party for BrianTime to say goodbye to Dr. Brian Pieter Corbet, one of our first group members and first postdoc of the lab, who signed up to help starting up the lab, do a bit of science, and supervise one, maybe two students. Eventually, Brian supervised and co-supervised a whole bunch of (under-)graduate students, set up literally every instrument, authored a paper after only a few months, was involved in serval other projects, and, and, and…Brian, thank you so much for being with us and all your help, you will be dearly missed! All the best for your future, we are looking forward to your visits!
As Brian was (maybe still is?) the group’s master of ceremonies, he used the evening’s opportunity to promote Nils to our specialist for fire and flames. Congratulations!
09.12.2022 – End of the Year Get-Together/Christmas PartyAs December turned out to be a hectic period, we had an early Christmas-Themed Get-Together to celebrate the end of the year with all (honorary) group members, our students, and our dear friends from the Diederichsen Group. Everyone contributed to a wonderful buffet and a great decoration and Nils prepared Feuerzangenbowle to complete the selection of drinks. We showed off Christmas outfits and played Secret Santa and White Elephant – traditions to be continued next year!
07.12.2022 – Our Review on Artificial Peptides is Accepted!Our Review “Artificial peptides to induce membrane denaturation and disruption and modulate membrane composition and fusion” is online! It was compiled by Ilze, Elena, and Nils Hesselbarth as part of the tribute collection for their late mentor Ulf Diederichsen. Congratulations to all authors!
26.11.2022 – Outreach - Nadja speaks at Saturday Morning ScienceThe Organizers of “Saturday Morning Science” , a cooperation of the JungChemikerForum (JCF), the young Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (jDPG), and the local groups of Biology und Geological Sciences, invited Nadja to give a lecture on Dyes for Medicine and Imaging for pupils and students interested in STEM fields. Thank you so much for this opportunity to engage with such a young and interested audience.
24.11.2022 – PowerPoint Karaoke & ThanksgivingThe lab came together to have dinner on the occasion of American Thanksgiving, which was combined with German Glühwein. Afterwards, we practiced our presentation skilled by playing PowerPoint Karaoke organized by Elisa. Several group members contributed customized presentation featuring great topics such as Travelling with DB and Pinguins.
11.11.2022 – Department Seminar in UppsalaNadja was invited to visit the Angströmlaboratoriet at the University of Uppsala and present the group’s research at the department seminar – the very first external seminar talk! She spent an exciting day in meeting the local researchers and learn about their endeavors in photo- and main group chemistry. Many thanks to Sascha Ott for the invite and the whole department for their hospitality.
09.11.2022 – NMR InstallationChristmas came early this year: today our new Spinsolve 60 Benchtop NMR was installed remotely. The machine is now up and running and will help us to quickly analyse compounds and reactions mixtures based on the 19F or 1 H spectra.
08.11.2022 – Post-Retreat EventThe lab came together to take care of unfinished business from the group’s retreat and finally designed our t-shirts and exchanging photos and memories. In the same process, we awarded the prize for the “Simeth Group Retreat Task List Fulfilment” that was given to Elena this year. Congrats – may this be the start of a long tradition!
Later in November 2022 – Ayse and Muaz start their internshipsAyse and Muaz join us for their Abteilungspraktika! Ayse will work with Elena anchoring artificial peptide hybrids onto vesicular membranes and Muaz with support Elisa in making nucleotide analogues to study the fastest known enzymes. Welcome to both!
03.11.2022 – Meet the Editor - with Stefano ProttiToday Prof. Dr. Stefano Protti from the University of Pavia, Italy, visited us virtually and gave a talk on his previous work as referee and (guest) editor for the Specialist Periodical Reports on Photochemistry and for different scientific journals. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us!
November 2022 – Felix starts his internship and Milan rejoins the groupIn early November, we welcome Felix, who will support Nils in his “spicy” project on photoresponsive channel modulators during his Abeitlungspraktikum, and we welcome back Milan, who will do his Master’s thesis with us. Milan will work on the photochemical release of metabolites with novel target-specific tools. Have a good start!
30.10.2022 – The first research paper is accepted!It is out! Exactly one months after submission, the first research article of the lab was accepted for publications in Eur. J. Org. Chem. as part of the special issue “#NextGenOrgChem”!! Many congratulations to Brian, Malte, and Elena and a special thanks to our collaborator Stefano Crespi (University of Uppsala) for his support. Check out how we combined dihydroazulene photoswitches and peptides and what we learned from that here. Let it be the first of many 😊
24-27.10.2022 – Conference Time: Ilze, Elisa, and Elena give talks!A part of the team joined the “2nd Virtual Symposium for Young Organic Chemists” . The abstracts of Ilze, Elisa, and Elena were selected as oral contributions and the three gave talks on Thursday presenting their individual PhD topics. Great job and exceptionally well done!
October 2022 -Pia, Marga, Leon, and Hossein join!October came with a fresh wind and many new faces: Hossein, who is a Humboldt fellow with MBExC colleague Wolfram Zimmermann, will do the synthetic part of his work as a guest in our lab. Pia and Marga are joining us for their Master’s lab rotation. Pia will be working with Elena on the synthesis and characterization of unnatural amino acids and Marga will support Brian in his work on chromatogonally orthogonal chemistry. Leon will start his Bachelor’s work under the guidance of Dongchen and Nils developing novel smart labelling agents for proteins.
15-19.10.2022 – Group Retreat in Wremen!On Saturday noon, we started our train trip North to arrive at a small holiday apartment in Wremen, right next to the North Sea. The following three days were packed with scientific lectures, presentation training, and team building events, such as a bike tour along the coast, visiting the Zoo in Bremerhaven under heavy rain, and a hike to a local watch tower. Special thanks to Dr. Katrin Rustler, who joined us virtually as external speaker explaining us what she is doing at Iris Biotech (https://www.iris-biotech.de/) and to everyone for their contributions to science, the cooking evenings and the general organization making this event a great success!
12-14.10.2022 – ENLIGHT Workshop & Get-together with the Crespis and the BrowniesTogether with fellow junior faculty Anna Krawczuk and Dan Obenchain, Nadja organized a workshop on “Observable Solvent Effects” supported by a grant of the ENLIGHT network in Göttingen. We welcomed representatives from the lab of Emilio Cocinero (Universidad del País Vasco, Spain), Wesley Browne (University of Groningen, the Netherlands), and Stefano Crespi (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Brian and Elena joined from our group. After the workshop, the whole lab used the opportunity to mingle with the Crespis and the Brownies, showing them our local bouldering gym and going out for dinner!
30.09.2022 – Submission and Birthday Party – the Lab turns 1!The last day of September was a special day for several reasons: just making the deadlines, we submitted our first review and research paper in the afternoon. Then, we smoothly transitioned into celebrating this milestone achievement together with the first birthday of our lab. Thanks for everyone from both our and the Diederichsen group and some friends and adopted members joining! Enjoy your long, well-deserved weekend and keep your fingers crossed!
29.09.2022 – Nadja speaks at the U4Society Leadership Training event in GöttingenNadja was invited to speak about her experiences on transition periods at the U4Society Leadership Training event in Göttingen together with local colleague Kata Moser and Tina Kretschmer and, Benjamin Leruth, members of Young Academy Groningen. Specifically, Nadja focused on her starting period as an assistant professor and reported on her new tasks and the challenges facing bureaucracy – surprising some of the Finish delegates that we still use stamps and ink at German universities 😊
27.09.2022 – 2nd München-Leiden Symposium (Virtual)The group attended the 2nd München-Leiden Symposium (Virtual) and spent a part of the day on listening to exciting talks featuring the latest developments in Chemical Biology.
20.09.2022 – Amrita joins as new postdocToday, Amrita Chaudhuri joins us as a postdoctoral fellow supported by a start-up grant of the CRC1190. She comes to us after a PhD at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and a short postdoctoral stay in Frankfurt. Welcome and much success with you research!
19.-22.09.2022 – 28th Lecture Conference on Photochemistry in DüsseldorfBrian went to Düsseldorf to represent the lab at the 28th Lecture Conference on Photochemistry. He presented our work on DHA-based peptidic switches as a poster and was additionally selected for an oral flash presentation!
15.09.2022 – Goodbye to Hanna, Laurin, and MalteTime to say goodbye to three of our long-term students: Malte was the first member of the Simeth group and finished his studies. Laurin was with us since the early days for a project that transitioned into his Bachelor’s thesis and later as HiWi. Also, Hanna stayed with us for almost one year for her internship and her Bachelor’s project that she did together with the Janshof lab. Both with switch university for their masters. Best of luck to the three of you! Keep us updated on your endeavors and stay in touch!
13.09.2022 – Malte submits his Master’s ThesisThe 13th of September was a special day for the lab – our very first lab member Malte, who joined us in December 2022 when there was not even a round bottom flask, submitted his Master’s Thesis together with his birthday! Thank you for your dedication and hard work, we are very proud of you being the first Master’s graduate of the lab!
11.-14.09.2022 – MACH5 in PlönNadja went to the castle of Plön to join the very first MACH5 (Molecular Machinery: Modelling, Making, Measuring) conference in the beautiful North of Germany jointly organized by Rainer Herges and Alberti Credi to bring the next generation of molecular machinists together. Thanks so much for the invitation to join this phenomenal meeting, we are looking forward to seeing you again in 2024 in Italy – on another castle 😊
05.-07.09.2022 – ORCHEM in MünsterA part of the lab travelled to Münster to join this years ORCHEM – in person!! Elena, Elisa, Ilza, and Nils presented posters and Nils’ poster was selected for an oral flash presentation additionally! The four enjoyed their very first conference trip, the fantastic science and the city of Münster and already planning the next one…
01.09.2022 - Tun-Hui starts his internshipTun-Hui starts his Abteilungspraktikum and becomes the first internal intern that we welcome in the lab. He will be working with Dongchen and new labeling approaches for peptides and proteins. Welcome Tun-Hui!
27.08-05.09.2022 – Nadja guides a workshop on Photochemistry in WroclawNadja together with her long-term collaborator Stefano Crespi (University of Uppsala) travelled to Wroclaw (Breslau) in Poland for a Summer Academy of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and led there a workshop on Photochemistry in the broadest sense. The 10 days were full of exciting discussions, bright moments, and enlightened students. Thanks all for your great contributions!
03.08.2022 – Jannis submits his Bachelor’s ThesisJannis submits his thesis and becomes Bachelor Nr 3 of the laboratory! He spent the last three months with Nils synthesizing highly functionalized dyes and studying their photolysis reactivity in different solvents. Congratulations on your nice thesis – we hope to see you soon again!
11.08.2022 – Outreach time! Elena and Brian meet the XLABOn Thursday we had young visitors around – a group of four international high school students, that is taking part in the XLAB International Science Camp 2022 visited us to see how we use luminescence in our research. Elena and Brian spent the morning with the group and explained the basics of UV-Vis absorption and emission spectroscopy. Then, they helped the students to synthesize their own fluorophores. The group followed the reaction by UV-Vis and analyzed the quality of emission properties using fluorescence spectroscopy. The final experiment they performed together was a quenching study, which eventually allowed them to see and understand FRET effects. An exciting morning and a great experience!
09.08.2022 – BENCh LectureNadja give a lecture for BENCh to talk about “Studying the (photo)isomerization pathways of organic photoswitches in a cross-disciplinary approach”, introducing the merger of theory and experiment she used during her PhD and postdoc work and her plans on how to exploit similar tools in the current and future research of the group. Thanks a lot to Dan Obenchain for the invitation and acting as a chair person – and obviously for initiating a BENCh-Beer-Brezen event!
08.08.2022 – Group Outing!This time our group outing was a bit more local – but not less explorative! We split up into three teams and had a treasure hunt through Göttingen downtown solving (more or less) tricky riddles and tackling several picture challenges. Afterwards, we came together to enjoy a summer BBQ and cold beers together.
August 2022 – Welcome to StefanoJunior group leader Dr. Stefano Crespi, University of Uppsala, Sweden, will stay a few weeks at the Department on Chemistry to strengthen existing collaborations and kick-start new ones. To introduce him properly to Göttingen, Nadja and a few (junior) group leaders took him for Italian dinner. Great having you here!
29.07.2022 - End of the Semester Paella & BBQTo celebrate the end of the lecture period this summer, the team came together with friends from the Diederichsen Group, the Walker Group, the Bismuto Lab, the Alcarazo Group, and the Obenchain Lab. Manuel prepared Spanish Paella, which we combined with a BBQ and some beers. Great way to finalize the semester!
20.07.2022 - Italian AperitivoThe group – missing some members due to the holiday season – came together with friends to enjoy an Italian aperitivo with carefully selected imported goods mixed with (more or less) local specialties. A very divertingly event on a quite warm July evening that needs to be repeated soon!
04.07.2022 - FCI funds our researchThe week started with great news! Our lab received a Material Costs Allowance from the Fonds der Chemischen Instustrie (FCI). Thank you so much for your support!
30.06.2022 - Jannis receives a teaching prize!Our very own Jannis Herling received a prize for his outstanding teaching achievements in Inorganic Chemistry tutoring the first year's lab course! The ceremony took place at the 14th Göttinger ChemieForum of the University organized by the JCF. Congratulations, Jannis, on this very well-deserved award!
26.06.2022 - Soccer TournamentHanna, Jannis, Elisa, and Nadja went to do some sports last Sunday - despite burning sun and hot temperatures - and competed in the department’s soccer tournament organized by the Fachschaft Chemie. While Hanna and Nadja ended on place 3, Elisa’s team made it to the finals and finished on place 2! Now we have one year to recover and practice to join with an own team in the coming summer!
22. & 23.06.2022 - Summer Festival & Group Meeting BBQThe group enjoyed the nice weather in June joining the department’s Summer festival 2022 organized by the Fachschaft Chemie on Wednesday and moved the group meeting to the institute’s terrace practicing flash presentation of the individual projects. We had a great time and completely forgot to take proper pictures…
20.06.2022 - Schlag den Prof!Team Simeth consisting of Nils, Frida, Nils Hesselbarth ( Diederichsen Group), and Nadja competed at the joint event of the young sections of DPG and JCF Göttingen Schlag den Prof. The team made the second place in a tight match against team Ropers from the physics showing hidden talents in building electronic circuits and geography! Thanks for the great organization and group members and friends for your support!
19-22.06.2022 - ISCHA6 in GöttingenDongchen and Nadja joined the International Symposium on C-H activation (ISCHA) with scholarships from the Wöhler Research Institute for Sustainable Chemistry (Thank you!). The meeting took place in Göttingen this year and was organized by conference chair Lutz Ackermann featuring the most recent developments in C-H functionalization by the most diverse methodologies.
13.06.2022 - MBExC MeetingBrian, Dongchen, and Nadja joined an internal symposium of the MBExC to meet colleagues and discuss next steps will collaborators.
Also, Nadja was elected as a deputy member of the research cluster's board. Looking forward to the new tasks to come!
June 2022 - Milan startsIn early June 2022 Milan Weitzel started his internship (Abteilungspraktikum) with us. He will work together with Brian, synthesize(d) a couple of dyes and will focus on comparing their characterization via in operando UV-Vis, HPLC-MS, and in operando NMR. Welcome to the Group!
Later in May 2022 - Coming & GoingLaurin submitted his thesis and became the second Bachelor of the group! He worked with Elisa and synthesized substrate analogous for OMPD. He will be missed - but not for long as he will come back to work with us over the summer as a HiWi. In contrast, Ferdinand will leave us for longer as he finished his internship and went back to Munich to continue his PhD there. Good luck with this endeavor, we are looking forward to you visiting us again! And last but not least: Immanuel just joined our team for his Master's thesis - he will work on bringing many different dyes together to probe membrane interactions. Welcome!
18.05.2022 - Bier & BrezelnNadja was invited by the Fachschaft Chemie to speak at the first Beer & Pretzels lecture of the semester to explain the research of the group to the students of the department. Using photochromism, she showed the spatiotemporat resolution of light (See Video).
Many thanks for the invitation and organisation of the event (incl. Tegernseer beer!), and a special thanks to Mr. Frauen, who did an excellent job as chairperson. It was great to see so many interested students in the lecture hall - we are looking forward to welcoming many of you in our labs to show you more of the magic of light!
14.05.2022 - Hiking Trip to the BrockenOn a sunny Saturday, the team travelled to Torfhaus in the Harz mountains and hiked from there to the Brocken. As we managed the climb pretty well, we decided to take a different route back and went via the Eckertalsperre to Bad Harzburg crossing the former border of East and West Germany. On the way, we saw a lot of other things to do, so we definitely will be back! For now, we are looking forward to a relaxing Sunday 😊
Special kudos go to Jannis, who acted as guide!
12.05.2022 - First BBQ of the seasonIt was finally time for "Angrillen" - we had the first BBQ of the season together with the Diederichsen Group, the Walker Group, the Bismuto Lab, and the Alcarazo Group. It was great to mingle between the different working groups and get to know each other in this informal setting :)
09. and 11.05.2022 - Elena organizes Pint of Science GöttingenElena and her colleagues from the local Pint of Science Team bring the worldwide famous event to life in Göttingen. They put together a fantastic program and our group went out to join the event and support our friend and colleague from Physical Chemistry, Dan Obenchain . Unfortunately, it was over much too fast, and we can’t wait for next year!
If you are interested to join or to contribute, please contact the local organizers!
May 2022 - Two New ArrivalsSpring brings fresh faces into the lab! We welcome Jannis Herling, who joins us for his Bachelor's project. He will work together with Nils on photolabile compounds. Our second new chemist is Ferinand Kiss, a PhD student from the de Vivie-Riedle Group at the LMU Munich. Ferdinand will stay with us for two weeks and work together with Brian.
19.04.2022 - PhD Defense in GroningenNadja traveled to Groningen to join the PhD ceremony of Jana Volaric as a member of the opposition. After more than three years of working together in the lab, sharing an office, and writing an enormous review article together, it was great to take part in this very special day – even wearing a toga (special thanks to Wiktor Szymanski!). All the best for your postdoc, Dr. Volaric!
11.04.2022 - Spring-Break Get-TogetherWe used the (a bit) calm(er) week(s) before Easter for larger project discussions and brainstromed ideas which directions we want to explore in our individual studies. To close the week and send a few group members on holidays, the team came together to enjoy some cakes and sweets.
We wish you a nice Easter/Spring break and welcome you back in a few days when the Semester starts!
28.03.-01.04.2022 - MBExC RetreatNadja joined the MBExC's retreat 2022 in Ramsau, Austria. She introduced the research of the group to the other members of the Cluster and brainstormed possibilities for furture joint projects. Five days packed with science and discussions on all levels went by far too quickly. A big "Thank you" to the organizers around Heike, Susann, Janina, Fritz and Tobias for making this memorable event possible!
21-23.03.2022 - Chemiedozententagung '22Together with colleagues from the department, Nadja traveled to Saarbrücken to attend the Chemiedozententagung 2022. A great opportunity to catch up with old friends and explore opportunities for new collaborations. Many thanks to the organizers for putting together this great meeting!
21.03.2022 - Frida submits her ThesisAs the first Bachelor's student of the group, Frida submitted her thesis today! Over the past months, she worked with Nils on the synthesis and characterization of novel photoactive biomolecules and studied them using our fiber-coupled UV-Vis spectrometer. Thank you for your hard work and valuable contributions and all the best for your ongoing studies!
03.03.2022 - First Group EventThe team came together for a first team event: We had a short workshop on project design and discussed different approaches and important aspects of designing and conducting a research project. Afterwards, we went bowling. While we actually played in two teams against each other, it became quickly clear that individual mentor-trainee competitions dominated the evening - with our undergraduates challanging their supervisors.
01.03.22 - Sabine and Dongchen join!Sabine Schacht takes up her new position as secretary of the junior research groups of our institute and will consequently support our group from the administrative side. Dongchen just finished his Master's project with the Heinis Group and will join us for his PhD. Welcome to both! We're happy to have you with us!
February 23-28 - New equipment and new LightThe last couple of days were busy and exciting for the lab - we finally got our new HPLC-MS system installed and also changed the light in our darkroom. We are looking forward to study our molecules with the new equipment and learn more about their properties.
February 2022 - Welcome to BrianBrian Corbet starts as the first postdoc in our lab! He just graduated from the Feringa Lab and will work on wavelength-orthogonal functional systems. Just arrived, he directly initiated Denksport sessions that will take place twice a month for the whole group.
January 2022 - Let there Be Light!Exciting times - Frida, Nils, and Malte synthesized the first photoresponsive compounds of the lab! Next up, adjusting the scale and introducing some functional units :)
27.01.2022 - Highlight in Angewandte Chemie publishedNadja's highlight "A Molecular Pump Facilitates Mechanical Adsorption Away from Equilibrium" on the recent Science paper of Astumian and Stoddart was published in Angewandte Chemie!
02, 03, and 09.12.2021 - Talks in DecemberNadja joins the Network Meeting for Humboldt Committee Members to speak about her experiences as a Feodor-Lynen Fellow on 02.12 and introduces the research of the group to the members of the Hertha-Sponer-College during their retreat (03/12) and to the Chemistry department during the GDCh Christmas Colloquium 2021 (09/12).
December 2021 - First Group Members arrive!Exciting times! The first group members arrive: Nils and Malte join the group for their PhD and Master's projects, respectively, and Frida will do her Bachelor's thesis in our lab working with Nils. PhD students Elena, Elisa, and Ilze from the Diederichsen Group, supported by their Bachelor students, Hanna and Laurin, will do their projects in collaboration with our lab.
29-30.11.2021 - Photopharmacology IIINadja joined the 3rd International Conference on Photopharmacology, which took place as online edition. She presented a poster and gave an oral flash presentation.
Many thanks to Dirk Trauner and Drew Woolley for putting together an impressive line-up of speakers and bringing this fantastic meeting to our offices and homes!
08-10.11.2021 - Humboldt Network MeetingNadja traveled to Köln to join the first Hybrid edition of the Network Meeting of the Humboldt Foundation and gave a talk there on research she did during her time as Feodor-Lynen Fellow in Groningen.
Lots of fun and great people both on site and online!