Organic Chemistry

Fields of research

Our research activities revolve around the use of intermolecular interactions in the molecular design of chemosensors, catalysts and pharmaceutically active compounds. Design, synthesis and determination of properties are the typical elements of all projects.

Research projects

We currently focus on the following challenges:

  • Molecular Recognition with functionalized vesicles or surfaces
  • Chemical Photocatalysis: using visible light for (enantio)selective organic transformations
  • Sustainable Chemistry: catalytic conversion of carbohydrates into fine chemicals
  • Medicinal Chemistry: molecular tools for the investigation of ABC transporters and GpcRs


Prof. König is spokesman of the research training group GRK 1626, which develops selective chemical photocatalysts for endothermic or kinetically hindered organic reactions and describes the key parameters of their design and function. This will pave the way to a broader use of solar energy for chemical transformations. List of partners:

  • University of Regensburg, Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Technical University of München, Department of Chemistry
  • Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität München, Faculty of Physics
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy

Furthermore, the group collaborates in a research project investigating “Artificial antibodies due to Nanosensors” with the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. The aim is to develop artificial antibodies which can be used for diagnosis of tumors or infections. The project was awarded as “Selected Landmark” in the competition “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” in 2011.

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