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October 2020

Dr. Sonja Pullen was featured in this research spotlight from the TU Dort­mund. The interview is about her research topic on light-driven catalysis and her in­ter­na­tio­nal research experience. Dr. Pullen also talks about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Fellowship (MSCA) from the European Union which made her stay in the Clever Lab possible. Read more here

We are happy to welcome three new mem­bers in the Clever Lab. Dr. Ananya Baksi (right) joins our group as a postdoc, PhD student Alexandre Walther (middle) and Dr. David Van Craen (left) as a young investigator who is conducting independent research on anion-binding helicates.

August 2020

The Clever Lab congratulates our PhD student Irene Regeni for being one of the poster prize winners of the virtual ISMSC poster session 2020, where she presented her work on multy-cavity coordination cages.

We have to say goodbye to Dr. Haeri Lee, who starts her independend career at Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea. All the best! We will be missing you!

May 2020

Part of our JSPS-funded collaboration with the group of Keisuke Umakoshi, Nagasaki University, Japan, has just been accepted for publication: S. Horiuchi, C. Matsuo, E. Sakuda, Y. Arikawa, G. H. Clever, K. Umakoshi, Dalton. Trans. 2020, 49, 8472. (HOT article).

March 2020

Congratulations to Irene Regeni for being selected to attend this year's 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting! In her PhD thesis, Irene works on dye-functionalized coordination cages and their application to DNA secondary structure recognition.

December 2019

The Clever Lab wishes Merry Chistmas!!!

A brand-new JASCO CPL300 is now installed in our Lab, the first one in Germany! It enables us to measure Circularly Polarized Luminescence (CPL) of chiral compounds, cages and so on. The new machine is funded within the RESOLV Cluster of Excellence.

November 2019

And again we are proud to welcome three new group mem­bers who will strengthen the Clever Lab: Dr. Pedro Montes Tolentino, postdoc from Mexico (left) and our new PhD students Hannah Kuckling and Simon Kotnig.

October 2019

We are happy to welcome three new mem­bers in the Clever Lab: PhD student Shota Hasegawa from Japan and our bachelor students Rameeya Muraleetharan and Marie Langenberg. We are looking forward to work with you!

August 2019

Congratulations to our PhD student Lukas Stratmann who was awarded a poster prize at the ICBIC19 in Interlaken, Switzerland, the biggest in­ter­na­tio­nal con­fe­rence on bioinorganic chemistry. He presented his project on EPR-based intermolecular distance measurements in higher-order DNA G-quadruplex structures which he is working on in collaboration with the group of JProf. Kasanmascheff from Physical Chemistry.

July 2019

See this recent highlight of the Clever Lab research activities in self-assembly and fullerene binding in the UniZet magazine (in German).

June 2019

Our PhD student Bin Chen won a IUPAC poster prize at ISMSC 2019 in Lecce, Italy, for his work on fullerene binding bowls recently published in JACS.

The Clever Lab congratulates!

May 2019

Wie macht sich die Natur Übergangsmetall-Kationen zu Nutze? Welche Relevanz haben Selten Erdmetalle wie Europium und Gadolinium in biologischen Markierungsexperimenten und der medizinischen Bildgebung? Welche spannende Chemie kann in künstlichen Nanokäfigen auf Basis von Galliumkomplexen durchgeführt werden?

Hierzu konnte US Chemiker Ken Raymond in den letzten zwei Wochen als erster “Mercator Fellow” des GRK2376, in welchem sich Wis­sen­schaft­ler von Ruhr-Uni Bochum und TU Dort­mund mit chemischen Reaktionen in nanometergroßen Hohlräumen und Kompartimenten beschäftigen, spannende Antworten liefern.

Mehr hier.

March 2019

Congratulations to PhD student Philip Punt who was awarded with the poster prize at the RESOLV Klausurtagung 2019 in Harsewinkel-Marienfeld for his work on “Imidazole-modified metal-binding DNA G-quadruplexes – a step towards artificial metalloenzymes”. In his work he could show how the introduction of imidazole residues in DNA G-quadruplexes leads to tunable metal-binding G-quadruplexes that are able to catalyze various reactions including Michael additions as well as Diels-Alder reactions.

February 2019

Congratulations to PhD student Irene Regeni who was awarded with a poster prize at SupraChem 2019 in Würzburg. Her work on dye-based coordination cages was awarded in the category "Molecular Cages, Switches and Machines" and the prize offered from Springer was presented by Prof. Dr. Markus Albrecht, Editor of J. Incl. Phenom. Macrocycl. Chem..

We regularly conduct diffraction experiments at biomolecular synchrotron beamline P11@DESY for structure elucidation of large metallo-supramolecular assemblies. Two publications in Angew. Chem. on a new M8L16 catenane and cage-in-ring pseudo rotaxane were chosen as science highlight in the 2018 DESY annual report (p. 32 - 33)

December 2018

We congratulate Irene Regeni who was awarded a poster prize on the Supe@Lyon 2018, a popular in­ter­na­tio­nal symposium on supramolecular chemistry. She presented her interesting work with the title "Self-assembled [Pd2L4] coordination cages based on well-known organic dyes." The prize was handed over by Nobel laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart!

We are happy to welcome two new mem­bers in the Clever Lab: Dr. Sudhakar Ganta, postdoc coming from the IIT in Madras, India and our guest scientist Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Eri Sakuda from Nagasaki University in Japan.
Both will work on functional coordination cages.

November 2018

Congratulations to Irene, Soham and Bo for winning the presentation prizes on the first edition of the International Clever Lab Conference!

October 2018

The Clever Lab goes social!

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September 2018

Great news for RESOLV: The joint proposal by RUB and TU Dort­mund University was selected by the DFG and the Cluster of Excellence in solvation science will be funded in Germany’s Excellence Strategy for the next seven years.

We happily announce that our recent paper on interpentrated peanut-shaped cages made it on the Front Cover of Angew. Chem.!

We welcome our two new lab mem­bers from the south of China: Qianqian Yan, PhD student coming with a CSC scholarship from Fuzhou University (right) and Dr. Kai Wu, postdoc coming from Sun Yat-Sen University (left). Both will work on functional coordination cages.

For this years scientific retreat, the Clever Lab crossed the north see to visit the island of Juist: Great landscapes, intense seminars and a lot of fun!

We are happy to announce that Haeri Lee from Korea starts her postdoc in the Clever Lab. Her expertise is X-ray crystallography and she will work on functionalized coordination cages.

July 2018

The Clever Lab welcomes new postdoc Jacopo Tessarolo from Italy who will work on functionalized cages.

Together with groups from the RUB Bochum, the Clever Lab is part of the new DFG-funded graduate school GRK 2376 "Confinement-controlled Chemistry" which starts from the 1st of July.

June 2018

Our recent publication "Catenation and Aggregation of Multi-Cavity Coordination Cages" (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.) was highlighted by Dr. Emiliano Feresin with a short article on the website of the RESOLV cluster of excellence.

May 2018

Dr. Sonja Pullen started her project entitled „Metal Organic Cages for Catalysis Applications” (short „MOCCA“) that is funded by the European Union within the framework of Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA). She will work on functional heteroleptic coordination cages for CO2 reduction.

March 2018

The Clever Lab congratulates Philip Punt for winning a poster prize at the RESOLV retreat 2018. On his poster with the title “Imidazole-modified metal-binding DNA G-quadruplexes - a step towards artificial metalloenzymes” he showed how to create designed coordination environments for metal ions on top of G-quadruplex structures.

Our recent publication "Hierarchical Assembly of an Interlocked M8L16 Container" (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.) was highlighted on the website of the RESOLV cluster of excellence. In a short interview, Guido Clever explains the significance of his new discovery described in this paper.

February 2018

We are excited to announce that our application for the second funding period of the joint project with Prof. Dr. Ricardo Mata, University of Göttingen, within the DFG priority program on Dispersion Interactions (SPP 1807) was successful.

January 2018

The Clever Lab is looking forward to start collecting diffraction data for crystal structure elucidations on its new Bruker D8 Venture single crystal X-ray diffractometer.

We happily acknowledge that our research activities aimed at understanding the formation of monomeric and dimeric palladium cages with banana-shaped ligands have recently received follow-up funding from the DFG.

We welcome our guest sci­en­tists Assist.-Prof. Dr. Shinnosuke Horiuchi and Assist.-Prof. Dr. Hironobu Tahara, both from the University of Nagasaki, Japan, in our group.

November 2017

The Clever Lab is looking forward to start its measurements on the new Bruker AV 500 Avance NEO NMR spectrometer.

September 2017

We are excited to start the operation of our new Bruker timsTOF ion mobility mass spectrometer.

The Clever Lab congratulates Irene Regeni for obtaining a PhD scholarship from the German Fonds of the Chemical Industry (FCI Kekulé stipend) to support her work on dye-functionalized coordination cages.

July 2017

We congratulate Marcel Krick who was awarded a poster prize on the ISMSC 2017 in Cambridge, the biggest in­ter­na­tio­nal symposium on supramolecular chemistry. He presented his work with the title “Endohedral Dynamics of Push-Pull Rotor-Functionalized Cages.“

April 2016

Susanne Löffler won the Young Researcher Award 2016 at the 7th Münster Symposium on Cooperative Effects in Chemistry (MSCEC) for her outstanding publication (JACS 2015, 137, 1060) exhibiting the control of host guest chemistry in supramolecular coordination cages. The Clever Lab congratulates!


Posterpreis für Rongmei Zhu auf dem IRTG Münster-Nagoya Abschlusssymposium, Münster 2014. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Muxin Han received a 2013 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Study Abroad by the China Scholarship Council. Congratulations!

Our paper describing the encapsulation of a polyoxometalate was featured in the recent ACS Inorganic Chemistry Virtual Issue on "Inorganic Cages and Containers" 2014.

Guido H. Clever received the 2014 Dozentenpreis (Young Investigator Award) of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI) for excellence in research and teaching.


Some of our papers were featured in the recent ACS Virtual Issue on "Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry" 2013.

Guido H. Clever received one of the ADUC Prizes 2012 (Young Investigator Award) of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) for his work on self-assembled coordination cages.


See our research featured on the Improbable Blog. Actually we are happy to show that our chemistry is amazing but not improbable...

Posterpreis für Muxin Han auf der 16. Wöhlertagung in Göttingen. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Posterpreis für Muxin Han beim JCF Chemieforum Göttingen. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

1. Posterpreis für Sabrina Freye auf dem SFB 858 Symposium Münster. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

1. Posterpreis für Sabrina Freye auf dem JCF Frühjahrssymposium Rostock. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Vortragspreis für Sabrina Freye auf dem 8. Koordinationschemietreffen Dort­mund. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English).