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Professorship for Organic Chemistry

JProf. Dr. Max Martin Hansmann

Technische Universität Dortmund
Fakultät für Chemie und Chemische Biologie
Organische Chemie
Otto-Hahn-Str. 6
44227 Dortmund

Room: C2-04-503

Phone: +49 231 755 5362
Fax.: +49 231 755 5363

Silvia Lessing
Room: C2-04-528
Phone: +49 231 755 3857
Fax.: +49 231 755 5363

Portrait Max Hansmann © Bettina Engel-Albustin

The Hansmann group is a synthetic organic group with overlap into the areas of main-group chemistry, spectroscopy, electro-chemistry and computational studies. Currently, we are interested in the synthesis of redox-active organic molecules and their application in photo-catalysis and redox-flow batteries. Furthermore, we are interested in unusual molecules such as strong carbon based donor ligands or unusual P-heterocycles.

Open PhD Positions

We are currently looking for highly motivated students to join our research team and PhD positions are available. Our group recently received funding by the Emmy-Noether program of the DFG. In this project we are looking for students to work in the area of organic electron donors, electro- and photo-chemistry.  Please consider applying to: Max Hansmann

PhD and Postdoc Positions (ERC funding 2023)

We just received funding of the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant) for the project CC-CHARGED. We are looking for highly motivated PhD students or Postdocs to join our team. The research will involve the synthesis of new stable organic compound classes, novel C-C bond polarization strategies, the synthesis of new reagents for organic synthesis and more. If you are interested please get in touch: Max Hansmann


Portrait Antoni - Hansmann © Melissa Konomi​/​TU Dortmund
Patrick Antoni, JProf. Max Hansmann

Patrick received the poster prize at the JungChemiker Symposium Ruhr 2023. Congratulations!

Portrait Yijie He © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

Yijie joined our group as our newest PhD student in 2023. She comes all the way from Nanjing University with a CSC scholarship. Welcome!

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The group receives the prestigious ERC Starting grant for the project CC-CHARGED. The next five years we will study fundamental new organic compound classes, new bond polarization strategies, novel reagents for organic synthesis and more. Congratulations to the group!

Preisverleihung Patrick Antoni © Max Hansmann​/​TU Dortmund

Patrick receives the presentation award at the meeting “Academia meets industry” in Bieberach an der Riss at Boehringer-Ingelheim. Congratulations!

Award ceremony for Max Hansmann © Matthias Rethmann

Max Hansmann receives the ORCHEM award of the Liebig association of the German Chemical Society. A great honor and congratulations to the group!

Max Hansmann - Thomas Carell © VCI​/​Fuest

Max Hansmann receives the „Dozentenpreis“ des „Fonds der chemischen Industrie“. A great honor and congratulations to the group!

Max Hansmann receives the ADUC prize of the GDCH on the Chemiedozententagung in Saarbruecken. A great honor and big congrats to the team

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Max Hansmann receives the “Otto-Röhm-Gedächtnispreis” and was appointed as “Member of the Science of Synthesis Early Career Advisory Board”.

Manuel Alcarazo, JProf. Hansmann, Walter Leitner © MPI CEC

Max Hansmann receives the Ernst-Haage prize 2021 of the Max-Planck-Institute (CEC and KOFO). Congrats to the team!

Our discovery of a new room temperature stable organic functional group is published online in Nature Chemistry.

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The Hansmann group joined Twitter.

Hansmann Lab

Portrait Justus Reitz © Ralf Maserski​/​TU Dortmund

Justus joined our group as our newest PhD student in 2020. Welcome!

Emmy Noether program of the German Research Foundation

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Our group received funding from the DFG as part of the Emmy Noether program. The research will combine experimental work from organic and inorganic chemistry and focus on the application of strong electron donors, such as organic hybrid molecules, in the fields of electro- and photo‑chemistry. Applications of interested candidates can be directly send by email to max.hansmanntu-dortmundde

SPP 2248 – Polymer batteries

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In collaboration with the research groups Theatό (KIT) and Bresser (Helmholtz Ulm) we received funding for the development of organic polymer batteries (DFG funding program SPP 2248). This interdisciplinary project (small radicals, polymer synthesis and battery assembly) will focus on the synthesis and physical characterization of small redox-active, paramagnetic organic molecules.

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".

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