IREU Germany Projects

U.S. undergraduate students may apply to one of three programs in Germany for IREU in 2016. ACS has partnerships with the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Leibniz University of Hannover and Ulm University.

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FSU Jena
Ulm University
LU Hannover

Projects at Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Jena Project 1 (Project Code: JEN.1)

Research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Arndt is centered on synthesis and functioning of bioactive molecules and tool compound design. Current projects evolve around total synthesis or semi-synthesis of complex natural products with a special focus on peptide alkaloids, synthetic methods development, and natural product inspired compound library generation. Furthermore, integrated Chemical Biology studies enable the profiling of compounds and their synergistic improvement.

Project Mentor: Prof. Hans-Dieter Arndt

Jena Project 2 (Project Code: JEN.2)

The research interests of Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert include Polymers & Energy (organic radical batteries, polymer redox-flow batteries), Polymers for Life Science (drug delivery, gene delivery by polymeric carriers), Smart Materials (supramolecular polymers, stimuli-responsive materials, self-healing polymers). Additionally, the characterization of these materials and the processing (e.g., by printing techniques) are of interest.

Project Mentor: Prof. Ulrich S. Schubert

Jena Project 3 (Project Code: JEN.3)

The research group of Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert investigates organic signaling compounds in the environment, with a special focus on aquatic ecosystems (freshwater and seawater) and the regulation of the life cycle of marine microorganism. Isolation, structure elucidation and organic synthesis of natural products connected to these organisms are pursued, as well as metabolomics studies featuring state-of-the art mass spectrometry techniques.

Project Mentor: Prof. Georg Pohnert


Projects at Ulm University

Ulm Project 1 (Project Code: ULM.1)

Research at the Institute of Electrochemistry focuses on fundamental electrochemistry, where by combining theory and experiment we aim to reveal the structure of and the processes occurring at the electrode/electrolyte interface. Systems of interest are in the areas of fuel cells, batteries, photoelectrochemistry, corrosion and bioelectrochemistry.

Project Mentor: Prof. Timo Jacob

Ulm Project 2 (Project Code: ULM.2)

Research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Carsten Streb is focused on the development of functional molecular metal oxides and metal sulfides for energy conversion and storage. Focus areas are solar energy conversion using photocatalytic water splitting, electrochemical energy storage in battery materials and the self-assembly of multimetallic metal oxide clusters with tunable catalytic activity.

Project Mentor: Prof. Carsten Streb



Projects at Leibniz University of Hannover


Hannover Project 1 (Project Code: HAN.1) 

The Cox group investigates the biosynthesis of complex molecules in fungi. This work involves the combination of organic chemistry (for example synthesis and analytical methods) with enzymology, molecular biology and microbiology. The Cox group is based in state-of-the-art laboratories in the BMWZ building in Hannover which are well equipped for multidisciplinary projects in the area of natural products.

Project Mentor: Prof. Russell Cox

Hannover Project 2 (Project Coe: HAN.2)

The Kirschning group inside the Institute of Organic Chemistry works closely with other esteemed research bodies in the Hannover area to investigate three primary areas of interest: total synthesis of natural products, smart materials for regenerative therapy and synthetic technology. Learn more about the research profile of the Kirschning group.

Project Mentor: Prof. Andreas Kirschning

Hannover Project 3 (HAN.3)

To be determined

Project Mentor: Prof. Markus Kalesse