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 August 2016

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Openings. We encourage inquiries of prospective new undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing cutting-edge research at the interface of main group and materials chemistry. Please contact Prof. Jaekle at

Postdoctoral Positions: We are currently inviting applications for two different postdoctoral positions. If interested, please contact Prof. Jaekle at

(1) Postdoctoral Position in Boron-Doped Conjugated Materials. Extensive experience in organic and organometallic synthesis and the characterization of conjugated materials is required. Prior experience with computational studies and optoelectronic device applications is desirable.

(2) Postdoctoral Position in Polymer-Supported Lewis acids for Catalysis and Materials Science Applications. Extensive skills in the area of polymer synthesis and characterization are required. Prior experience with main group chemistry and catalysis is desirable.

Recent Group News:

  • 2017 The group will give several poster and oral presentations at the upcoming Fall ACS Meeting in Washington. We are also coorganizing a symposium on "Non-conventional building blocks in conjugated materials". Hope to see you there!!!
  • 2017 Michela joins us for a 3-month internship, coming from the Univesity of Fribourg.
  • 2016 Frieder presents a plenary lecture at the European conference on Smart Inorganic Polymers in Portugal and a keynote lecture at the International Symposium on Catalysis and Fine Chemicals (C&FC-2016) in Taiwan
  • 2016 ACS SEED summer student Mary-Jane wins a Poster Award for her work on borinic acid monomers and polymers
  • 2016 Huina, Nurcan and Kanglei will present their research at ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia
  • 2016 Welcome to ACS SEED summer scholars Jamila and Mary-Jane; summer interns Shivani, Nandini and Weijia; and postdoctoral fellows Yi from Lynn Loo's group and Joydeb from Chandrasekhar's group
  • 2015/16 - Frieder & Alain present at the Pacifichem meeting; Frieder (plenary) and Huina 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 Gajanan at Solvay company!
  • 2014 - Congrats to Mayyadah for winning the 2014 Sabat Award for Excellence in Inorganic Chemistry
  • 2014 - 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 2016.
  • 2014 - Frieder is appointed to the Editorial Advisory Boards of Organometallics and Macromolecules/ACS Macro Letters

Some Recent Research Highlights:


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


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