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May 2024

At the Girona Seminar 2024 on Supramolecular Chemistry, PhD students Alexandre Walther and Lars Hebenbrock won prizes for their oral and poster presentation, respectively. Congratulations!

April 2024

PhD student Armin Durmisevic won a presentation award in the G4 webinar series for his talk on chemically modified DNA G-quadruplexes. Congratulations!

February 2024

We congratulate PhD students Alexandre Walther and Elie Benchimol for winning a poster prize at SupraChem 2024! Alexandre Walther presented his work on azulene-based cages and Elie Benchimol his work on non-statistical self-sorting.

December 2023

The CleverLab wishes Merry Christmas!

November 2023

Within the scope of her doctoral research, Laura Neukirch did a three month internship in the group of Prof. Schlau-Cohen at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. By applying ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy, she got insight into the excited state dynamics of coordination cages which she synthesized at TU Dortmund. We thank the group for their hospitality and RESOLV Cluster of Excellence for funding.

We welcome our new secretary, Astrid Riedel, who started to work with us on 02.10.2023.
Astrid comes from “outside” the university. She has a degree as a business economist and was working for the last 12 years as a coordinator and secretary in the health care sector.

Astrid, we are looking forward to work with you!

October 2023

We say farewell to our longtime secretary Birgit Thormann who retired in August 2023 after 49 years working at TU Dortmund (formerly University of Dortmund). Birgit started her professional life at the University of Dortmund where she was trained as a lab technician. Over the years she took over more tasks in the office and in 2015 she became chair secretary of Prof. Guido Clever.
Birgit, we wish you all the best for your well deserved retirement and want to thank you for your hard work and reliable support during the last years!

May 2023

Today, the 17th of May, it’s the CleverLab’s 13th birthday! The photos show some impressions about the beginning of the journey at the University of Göttingen: the first group photo, the first cage cake, the first synthetic works, and the set-up of the labs.

Picture of Yi Ming Yang, Mrunal Nanda and Dr. Weichao Xue © CleverLab​/​Tu Dortmund

We are welcoming Yi Ming Yang, visiting PhD student from the group of Prof. Keisuke Umakoshi in Nagasaki, Japan (left), Mrunal Nanda from Berhampur, India who joins for a RESOLV-funded research internship (middle), and new PostDoc Dr. Weichao Xue (right).
Dr. Weichao Xue performed his PhD in the group of Prof. Martin Oestreich at TU Berlin where he worked on catalysis with first-row transition metals. Afterwards, he joined the group of Prof. Jonathan Nitschke at Cambridge University with a DFG Walter Benjiamin Fellowship for working on metal-organic cages. His 6-month postdoctoral stay in our lab is funded by the Walter Benjamin Return Fellowship.

April 2023

PhD student Laura Neukirch was awarded for her talk on donor-acceptor functionalized coordination cages at the “Tag der Chemie” at TU Dortmund. Congratulations!

Laura Schneider starts her Bachelor‘s thesis in the group of Prof. Jonathan Nitschke at the University of Cambridge, UK. She will work the synthesis and characterization of polycatenanes, whereby she applies her great expertise in mass spectrometry. We wish you a good time and much success!

December 2022

Shota Hasegawa successfully defended his PhD thesis on coordination cages for fullerene encapsulation. Congratulations and all the best for the future!

We congratulate Qianqian Yan for defending her PhD thesis with great success! She worked on multi-component functionalized supramolecular assemblies. We wish you every success!

August 2022

Time to say goodbye to 3 excellent postdoctoral researchers: Dr. Pedro Montes Tolentino, Dr. Ananya Baksi and Dr. Jacopo Tessarolo. We will miss you and wish all the best for your next career steps (and yes, there will be some nice papers following soon!). Thank you!

July 2022

Elie Benchimol won a poster prize at the SupraChem 2022 in Mainz. Many congratulations for being awarded at this iconic conference.

May 2022

We welcome Tom Comerford, visiting PhD student from the group of Eli Zysman-Colman, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Tom will join us for a couple of months to work on coordination cages functionalized with light-responsive compounds.

March 2022

Julian Holstein and Lukas Stratmann went to Mosul, Iraq and participated in a teaching event from the DAAD  program. More information can be found in the corresponding tweet.

"Dr. Lukas Stratmann was awarded a Young Researcher Prize at the 4th CRC1093 International Symposium "Supramolecular Chemistry meets Biology" at University Duisburg-Essen for an outstanding publication (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 4939) within the field of the symposium's topics. In the VIP research article, precise intermolecular distances were measured in higher-order G-quadruplex structures such as dimers or sandwich complexes. The Clever Lab congratulates!


A second award at the CRC1093 International Symposium goes to the CleverLab! Dr. Irene Regeni won a Poster Prize for her work on metallo-supramolecular helicates for G-qaudruplex DNA recognition. Congrats to Irene!"

July 2021

We are proud to welcome a new group member in the Clever Lab: Laura Neukirch joined as a fast-track PhD student and is funded by RESOLV. We are looking forward to work with you.

May 2021

The Clever Lab is welcoming a new coworker. Chak-Shing Kwan joined the group as a postdoc. He was awarded with a prestigious Humboldt fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. We wish him all the best and success in his research in the Clever Lab.

April 2021

We are happy to welcome a new mem­ber in the Clever Lab: PhD student Elie Benchimol. We wish him all the best for his research and we are looking forward to work with you!

December 2020

„We say goodbye, thank you and wish all the best to Dr. Sonja Pullen who leaves the Clever Lab for starting her independent research career as a tenure track Assistant Professor at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam. Lots of luck and success, Sonja! Read more here

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!