Smart Molecules – Supramolecular Anions Chemistry (September 20-21)


This module provides an overview of some recent developments in the field of anion recognition and links it to topics in supramolecular chemistry, biomedical applications and nanochemistry. The doctoral researchers will gain insight into specific syntheses and modifications of anion receptors, their specific functions and their integration into functional materials with optimized catalytic activity and adjustable physical, magnetic, electronic, biological and optical properties.


Anion recognition chemistry has grown from its beginnings in the late 1960s and a variety of charged and neutral, cyclic and acyclic, inorganic and organic supramolecular host systems for the selective complexation, detection, and separation of anionic guest species have been developed. Recent developments include exciting advances in anion‐templated syntheses, directed self‐assembly, ion‐pair recognition, the function of anions in supramolecular catalysis, anion recognition in aqueous systems, fluorescence sensing of anion, recognition of anions in metal-organic frameworks. The present two day module will provide an introduction into the field and will look at recent developments, covering anion recognition based on biomolecules, polymers, and nanoparticles.


  • Synthesis of macrocyclic receptors
  • anion as templates in synthesis
  • macrocyclic chemistry
  • molecular spectroscopy (fluorescence spectroscopy, IR, NMR, UV-Vis, etc.)
  • Solution thermodynamics
  • Structural changes due to anion binding
  • calculations (quantum chemistry).

Recommendations for literature, e-learning

  • P.D. Beer, P. A. Gale, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2001, 40, 486-516
  • Kataev, E. A., C. Müller (2014). Tetrahedron 2014, 70, 137-167.

Detailed program

  • Responsible scientists: Berthold Kersting, Harald Krautscheid,  Leipzig University
  • Guest lecturers: Markus Albrecht (RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany), Anthony P. Davis (University of Bristol, Bristol, UK), Enrique García-España (Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain), Evgeny Kataev (TU Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany), Stefan Kubik (TU Kaiserslautern), Carmelo Sgarlata (University of Catania, Italy)
  • Date: September 20/21, 2018
  • Time: 8:30-17:30/8:30-13:00
  •  Location: Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Johannisallee 29, SR102
  • Language: English

Registration for the course

Please register at the following website of BuilMoNa.

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