Welcome to the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group!



 ''Moving fundamentals toward the application''



We currently develop four research topics in the area of molecular electronics and spintronics of metal-oxo clusters:

Synthesis, structure, spectroscopy, and magnetism of host-guest and organically modified polyoxovanadates

● Computational chemistry of polyoxometalates

● Surface modification and scanning probe microscopy of transition metal-oxo structures on solid surfaces

● Synthesis, structure, and magnetism of coordination clusters with structurally exposed anchoring groups








January 2018: A collaborative work "Configurational isomerism in polyoxovanadates" between our lab and the research groups of Prof. Bensch (Kiel University), Prof. Schalley (Free University of Berlin) and Prof. Kögerler (RWTH Aachen University) has been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie

Read more about this combined experimental and computational study in DOI: 10.1002/anie.201712417.


December 2017: Kirill Monakhov has been selected and participating in the Young European Talent (YET) project taking place in Maastricht (the Netherlands). Read the report about this project on the LimburgCrossBorders website.


November 2017: Maria Stuckart (Forschungszentrum Jülich) has joined our lab as a PostDoc, and Brigitte Jansen (RWTH Aachen University) as a laboratory technician.


October 2017: Two Emmy Noether-project papers entitled "The Cu(I)-catalysed Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition route to (bio-)organic functionalisation of polyoxovanadates" and "Reconciling valence state with magnetism in mixed-valent polyoxometalates: The case of {VO2F2@V22O54} cluster" have been published in RSC journals, Dalton Transactions and Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, respectively!

Read more about these combined experimental and computational studies in DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03376A and DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06390C.


September 2017: Maria Glöß (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) has started her PhD thesis.


August 2017: ✈ Prof. Dr. Elena V. Grachova from the Transition Metal Cluster Chemistry Group at St. Petersburg State University (Russian Federation) visits our lab and gives a workshop (get PDF) on interdisciplinary aspects of coordination chemistry and luminescence of transition metal complexes in the framework of “German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center” (G-RISC). Since 2017 our research groups take part in this intercultural project. Read more about this workshop on the website of G-RISC: www.g-risc.org/teaching.


May 2017: Kirill Monakhov has been elected member of the Aachen-California Network of Academic Exchange (ACalNet). Read more about our research activities on the ACalNet website.


April 2017: Two Emmy Noether-project papers entitled "A V16-type polyoxovanadate structure with intricate electronic distribution: Insights from magnetochemistry" and "Molecular characteristics of a mixed-valence polyoxovanadate {VIV/V18O42} in solution and at the liquid-surface interface" have been published in ACS journals, Crystal Growth & Design and Journal of Physical Chemistry C, respectively!

Read more about these combined experimental and computational studies in DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b01397 and DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b02138.


March 2017: Congratulations to Henrika Hüppe (B.Sc.) who has received an VCI travel grant to attend the 19th JCF-Frühjahrssymposium at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany). Henrika Hüppe has presented a poster describing the results of her Bachelor thesis.


February 2017: Our next Emmy Noether-project paper entitled "Breaking the Gordian knot in the structural chemistry of polyoxometalates: Copper(II)-oxo/hydroxo clusters" has been published in Chemistry - A European Journal!

Read more about the structural peculiarities of polyoxocuprates (POCus) adopting the motifs of classical and noble-metal-based polyoxometalates in the Concept article with DOI: 10.1002/chem.201605876.


January 2017: The group had the privilege of participating in the prestigious RWTHtransparent event where we presented the results of our multidisciplinary research.


November 2016: Our Emmy Noether-project review "The Lindqvist hexavanadate: A platform for coordination-directed assembly" has been published in Supramolecular Systems: Chemistry, Types and Applications (Ed.: C. Pena), Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, 2017, 39–66.

Get PDF to read more about the functionalization and derivatization chemistry of the Lindqvist {V6O19} hexavanadate, with main focus on its trisalkoxo derivatives.


October 2016: Hans Gildenast has received a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen VolkesCongratulations!

Two posters are presented by our co-workers, Dr. Aleksandar Kondinski and Henrika Hüppe (B.Sc.), at the "Wöhler Tagung" in Berlin (Germany) and at the "International Student Conference - Science and Progress" in Saint-Petersburg (Russia), respectively.


September 2016: Dr. Aleksandar Kondinski attends the 2nd ORCA User Meeting "Methods, applications and developments" taking place at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany).


August 2016: ✈ Henrika Hüppe (B.Sc.) will take a visit to the Transition Metal Cluster Chemistry Group at St. Petersburg State University (Russian Federation). Her research internship funded by the PROMOS scholarship program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) starts in September and will last 6 weeks.


From left to right: Viktoriia Khistyaeva, Igor Solovjov, Henrika Hüppe, Dr. Julia R. Shakirova.


July 2016: Ricarda Pütt (RWTH Aachen University) has started her PhD thesis.


May 2016: ✈ Dr. Aleksandar Kondinski will take a visit to the Quantum Chemistry Group at Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain). His Short-Term Scientific Mission funded by the COST Action CM1203 "Polyoxometalate Chemistry for Molecular Nanoscience (PoCheMoN)" starts in June.

 From left to right: Dr. Gerard Novell-Leruth, Dr. Aleksandar Kondinski, Prof. Josep Maria Poblet, Zhongling Lang.


March 2016: Our first Emmy Noether-project paper entitled "Rotational isomerism, electronic structures, and basicity properties of “fully-reduced” V14-type heteropolyoxovanadates" has been accepted for publication in Inorganic Chemistry!

Read more about this DFT study of the α-, γ-, and β-isomeric [VIV14E8O50]12– polyoxoanions and their heavier chalcogenide-substituted [VIV14E8O42X8]12– derivatives (E = SiIV, GeIV, and SnIV and X = S, Se, and Te) in DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02636.


January 2016: Aleksandar Kondinski (Jacobs University Bremen) has joined our lab as a PostDoc. 


December 2015: Oliver Linnenberg (RWTH Aachen University) has started his PhD thesis. 


November 2015: Our group will participate in activities of the Collaborative Research Centre 917 "Nanoswitches" (SFB 917).


October 2015: All our upcoming papers resulting from the Emmy Noether project will be marked with the DFG Emmy Noether label in our list of publications.


September 2015: Our lab has now joined the COST Action CM1203 "Polyoxometalate Chemistry for Molecular Nanoscience (PoCheMoN)" as Research Group.


August 2015: Open Access: Our review "Semimetal-functionalised polyoxovanadates" co-authored by colleagues Prof. Bensch (Kiel University) and Prof. Kögerler (RWTH Aachen University) has been accepted for publication in Chemical Society Reviews

Read more about the synthetic and structural chemistry as well as the reactivity of polyoxovanadates decorated with Si-, Ge-, As- or Sb-based heterogroups in DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00531K.


July 2015: ✈ Prof. Dr. Xavier López from the Quantum Chemistry Group at Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain) visited our lab with a Short-Term Scientific Mission of the COST Action CM1203 "Polyoxometalate Chemistry for Molecular Nanoscience (PoCheMoN)".





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