Welcome to the Jäkle Research Group !

Research in the Jäkle group is at the interface of organometallic, polymer and materials chemistry. Areas of current interest include:

  • Boron-doped Conjugated Oligomers, Polymers, and PAHs: We pursue new conjugated hybrid materials for applications in organic electronics and as luminescent sensory materials.
  • Nanostructured Luminescent Materials: We use controlled polymerization methods to prepare luminescent (co)polymers  and study their self-assembly.
  • Stimuli-Responsive and Supramolecular Materials: We utilize new scorpionate-type ligands for the development of supramolecular metallopolymers.
  • Sustainable Chemistry: We develop polymer-supported Lewis acids and “frustrated” Lewis pairs (FLPs) for catalysis applications.
  • Chiral Lewis Acids and Lewis Pairs: We investigate planar chiral ferrocenes that are functionalized with Lewis acid/base sites for stereoselective synthesis.

Group Picture
The group in December 2014

Recent Group News:

  • 2015/16 - Frieder & Alain to present at the upcoming Pacifichem meeting; Frieder (plenary) and Huina will attend the first Zing Conference on Inorganic Polymers in San Diego
  • 2015 - ACS SEED summer intern Cindy Gnawa wins best poster award at the North Jersey ACS section poster session. Congrats!
  • 2014/15 - We welcome new grad students Huina, Kanglei, Monika and postdoc Alain
  • 2014/15 - Best wishes to Wenming who assumed a position of Assistant Professor in China, to Jiawei at Colorado State with Eugene Chen, Pangkuan at MIT with Holten-Anderson, Xiaodong at Columbia U with Luis Campos, Kshitij and Ami at Sirrus, Fei at Alcon, and to Gajanan at Solvay company!
  • 2014 - Congrats to Mayyadah for winning the 2014 Sabat Award for Excellence in Inorganic Chemistry
  • 2013 - PolyRU-N, a new $2.1 M polymer/nanomaterials characterization facility is funded by the State of New Jersey and expected to be fully operational in early 2016.
  • 2013/14 - Frieder is appointed to the Editorial Advisory Boards of Organometallics and Macromolecules/ACS Macro Letters
  • 2013 - Fei wins the 2013 Dean's Doctoral Dissertation Award for the most outstanding thesis. Congratulations, Fei!
  • 2013 - Congrats to Clarisse for winning the 2013 Sabat Award for Excellence in Inorganic Chemistry
  • 2012/13 - Chengzhong starts as a scientist at WSP Chemical & Technology (Solvay) and Patrick at Novoset, a New Jersey start up company. Our best wishes to both of them!

The 2014 Boron in the Americas conference (BORAM XIV) took place on the Newark campus of Rutgers University from June 15-19th 2014.

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ADDRESS : Olson Hall, Room 336, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University, 73 Warren Street, Newark, NJ 07102


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