International Research Training Group
"Generation of Supramolecular Functional Cavities - Container Molecules, Macrocycles and Related Compounds"

Druckkopf Universität Münster
International Research Training Group
"Generation of Supramolecular Functional Cavities -
Container Molecules, Macrocycles and Related Compounds"
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International Research Training Group 1444
WWU Münster
Institut für Anorganische
und Analytische Chemie
Corrensstraße 28/30
D-48149 Münster

+49 251 83-36611

+49 (251) 83-36660

igk1444 at
uni-muenster dot de

The generation of large macrocyclic or cage-like cavities up to a nanometer scale is a great challenge in current research. Such compounds are suitable to act as hosts for particular substrates and are thus of interest as storage devices or as reaction cavities. Encapsulation of catalysts in macromolecules, for instance, may enhance the selectivity of catalytic reactions by the formation of specific reaction channels, or redox processes may be supported by the delocalisation of charges. The scientific program of the International Research Training Group is directed towards the synthesis and characterization of such molecular cavities, which should be able to store substrates by either strong covalent and ionic bonding or by weaker van der Waals (dispersive) interactions. The research program comprises the synthesis of macrocycles, cages or supramolecular aggregates and considers contributions of main-group and transition metal chemistry, the design of appropriate ligands and the application of porous materials, of chelating Lewis-acids and anion recognition. Quantum-chemical calculations will accompany the whole research program directed towards understanding of the host-guest interactions, the properties of surfaces or the persistence of molecular aggregates.

Strong collaborations between researchers at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and the partners from the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry determined the formulation of this proposal and will accompany the project in future. Apart from excellence in scientific research the major thrust of the program is directed towards new methods in graduate student training in Münster. To this end each student of the IRTG will have a German and a Dutch supervisor who will together act as mentors for research and will evaluate and grade the PhD thesis. German PhD students will do research for at least six months in the laboratory of the scientific partner group in The Netherlands. The joint research projects are designed in a way that work of exchange students at the partner institutions is not restricted to the application of specialized methods for the characterization of chemical substances, but instead towards learning of new experimental techniques and special synthetic procedures. This will generate a truly collaborative research effort based on the strengths of the participating German and Dutch research groups. Besides achieving excellence in science, it is expected that both German and Dutch doctoral students will gain an advantage from their experience by carrying out research and being trained at top scientific institutions in Holland and Germany. Learning of communication in a foreign language and the ability to interact in a foreign laboratory will become a key qualification in a more globalised industrial world. The IRTG Münster - HRSMC aims at providing doctoral students with this key qualification thereby enhancing their ability to compete successfully in the national and international workplace.


Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
NRW Graduate School of Chemistry
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