Institut für Anorganische Chemie

Prof. Dr. Ulli Englert

CV and Publications
Department of Inorganic Chemistry 
RWTH Aachen 
Landoltweg 1 
D-52056 Aachen 

Tel.:  +49 241 809 4666 
Fax:  +49 241 8092 288 
ullrich.englert "at"

Office hours: Tuesday 9:30 to 10:30 room N115, drop in and by appointment

Members of my team or I will try to be available for
checking potential diffraction samples
on Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 in our lab, room N110

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Active Group Members:


Ulli Englert 

Ulli has been leading the molecular structure group since 1989. He is interested in analysis, engineering and reactivity of molecular crystals - for short: in all solid state aspects of molecular solids. This spells many more ideas for future coworkers and research students...

Irmgard Kalf

Born April 12, 1963 in Aachen. Irmgard was trained as a laboratory technician. She is now working on the synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and crystal chemistry of coordination compounds. She is in charge of our crystallization lab.

Ruimin Wang

Ruimin received her BSc in 1984 from Nankai University, China and her Diploma with RWTH Aachen in 1995. She was awarded her PhD in 2000 for a thesis on mixed crystals of Cobalt (III) complexes and lattice energy calculations. Crystal modeling and charge density work apart, she keeps our good old LINUX computers alive...

Ai Wang

Ai has a BSc from Yunnan Normal University, China. In her MSc with Prof. Yuekui Wang in Shanxi University, she specialized on the theory of circular dichroism for coordination compounds. She now holds a fellowship from the China Scholarship Council and works for her PhD in synthesis and structural characterization of chiral complexes, in particular those suitable for additional crosslinking to extended structures. Ai is also the right person to talk to if you envisage an experimental charge density study on your (excellent!) crystals...

Qianqian Guo

Qianqian did her studies in Zhengzhou University, China. She earned her MSc degree in the group of Prof. Hongwei Hou, focusing on bidentate N donor ligands with large N...N distances and tunable rigidity for the construction of metalorganic frameworks. She joined our group with a fellowship from the China Scholarship Council. Qianqian will build and crystallize chiral coordination polymers.

Khai Truong

Khai obtained his B.Sc with a thesis on the ditopic ligand 3-(4-pyridyl)-acetylacetone. In his M. Sc. and now in his doctoral thesis, he combines lanthanide and silver cations in potential precursor materials for catalysis. These studies are done in cooperation with our colleagues in INS, Pulawy, Poland.

Stefanie Langenstück

Steffi was trained as a teacher in chemistry, biology and mathematics. In a joint venture with PD Michael Schroeder, IPC, she wants to build a bridge between up-to-date research and didactics. Steffi is in charge of the Schüleruni Chemie.

Marius Kremer

In the context of his M.Sc. thesis, Marius is investigating the degradation of one of our favourite ditopic ligands.

Ex-Coworkers and Visiting Scientists:

Beate Ganter 

Beate has finished her Ph.D. thesis in 1998 and is now working for a Bayer-G.E. joint venture.

Trixie Wagner

After her Ph.D. thesis in December 1995 Trixie completed a postdoc stage in proteine crystallography, and is now working for Novartis Switzerland
Xiaolai Zheng Following his Ph.D. at the RWTH Aachen in May 2001 (his 2nd - the 1st was at Dalian University of Technology, China, in 1998) Xiaolai went to the states and joined BASF.
Qi Li Qi Li worked with us for one year. He is professor and group leader at Beijing Normal University, Department of Chemistry.
His interest is focused on crystallization, structure determination, and database searches in the context of polymorphism studies.

Roland Härter

Diploma in Chemistry with RWTH Aachen in 1998 on Wide angle X-ray scattering of molecular compounds. Roland is now a grammar school teacher.

Chunhua Hu

Chunhua came from Shanghai, China. He obtained his first PhD degree in Fudan University (Prof. Peiju Zheng) in 1999.
He joined Ulli's group as postdoc fellow and obtained a second PhD from RWTH in July 2004 with a thesis on crystal engineering. After a stay in Frankfurt University, Chunhua moved to the States.

Janice Rubin-Preminger

Janice did her undergraduate studies in South Africa and obtained her PhD with Joel Bernstein in Israel. She joined our group for two years with a MINERVA fellowship. Janice has joined pharmaceutical industry.
Kambarali Turgunov Kambarali was a visiting scientist at the end of 2006 and, again, in 2012.
He is based in the Institute of the Chemistry of Plant Substances, Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan.

Mihaela Serb

Mihaela ("Mura") obtained her MSc from University 'Politehnica' of Bucharest. She was awarded a DAAD Fellowship for finishing her PhD in Aachen where she was assembling molecular building blocks to extended structures. Mura has successfully "petrified" one of the shortest O-H...O hydrogen bonds ever studied! Mura has recently been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Magaret Kondracka

Magaret obtained her M.Sc. in Poland. Her PhD thesis in Halle was on molybdenum and tungsten chemistry. She has been successfully involved in the synthesis and structural characterization of mixed-metal coordination polymers. Margret is now working for INS Pulawy, Poland.

Desiree van Holt

Desy joined the group for her diploma thesis on molecular alloys. She obtained her doctoral degree with experimental work done in FZ Juelich.

Beatrice Braun

Beatrice ("Betty") obtained her MSc from University 'Politehnica' of Bucharest. Based on a fellowship of the graduate program 'Methods in Asymmetric Synthesis', she earned her PhD degree in our group in summer 2004 on chiral solids. After a Postdoctoral stay in Spain, she returned to Aachen where she worked in the field of novel organometallic platinum complexes with potential antitumor activity. For scientific purposes and for publishing she uses the name Beatrice Calmuschi-Cula. In 2010, Betty joined Prof Christian Limberg's group at Humboldt University, Berlin, as a crystallographer.

Yutian Wang

Yutian graduated from Shanxi University, China, and joined us in May 2005 as a PhD candidate. His work centers around chiral coordination polymers, particularly silver derivatives. Yutian received his PhD in May 2009. He is now working for the Chinese branch of Bruker as an application scientist.

Nadine Boymans

Nadine has been awarded a MINT scholarship for her PhD which was in the field of chemical didactics. She was in charge of our lab courses for grammar school students and the organizer for the summer university in chemistry. She is going to be a teacher (and, of course, send her best students to join our group...)

Fangfang Pan

Fangfang obtained his MSc from Zhengzhou University, China with a thesis in coordination chemistry and joined our group for the PhD with a fellowship from the China Scholarship Council. Fangfang worked on crystal engineering and charge density of dynamic coordination complexes and sulfonamides. He also applied his charge density methods to secondary interactions. He finished his doctoral dissertation in July 2013 and joined Kari Rissanen in Jyväskylä university for a post doc.

Carina Merkens

Carina obtained her BSc with a thesis on thermolysis of organic-inorganic hybride materials. This strategy allows to prepare polymers which are not accesibble via conventional synthesis in solution. In her MSc and PhD project, she worked on the synthesis and structure of bimetallic networks. She was awarded the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Preis in 2012. Several of Carina's results will be published in the near future, so somehow she is still an "active group member"!

Friedrich Steuber

Friedrich did his B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses in our group, both on bimetallic coordination polymers and both with very good success. He is now working for his PhD in Ireland!

Kevin Lamberts

In his BSc thesis, Kevin studied a reversible crystal-to-crystal phase transition which is tunable over a wide temperature range by doping with an isomorphous compound. He was involved in an interdisciplinary seed fund project with graph theory experts (Prof. Guo & his team) and the virtual reality group (Prof. Kuhlen and coworkers) aiming at the simplification and understanding of extended structures. Kevin earned his doctoral degree with the coordination of amino acids of essential metals.

William Raven

William's PhD thesis focussed on the synthesis and structural characterization of cycloplatinated primary amines. He has addressed Pt(II) and Pt(IV) complexes, with the emphasis on potential applications in chemotherapy. These studies were performed in cooperation with Prof. Tolba and PD Dr. Steitz and with Prof. Mottaghy and his team in University Hospital Aachen (UKA).

Mansoureh Zahedi

Mansoureh was a visiting scientist in our group from Jan. to Sept. 2016. She has a M.Sc. degree from Tabriz University, Iran and is working for her PhD. Her interest is in ligand design, synthesis, structure and properties of coordination polymers.

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Autor: Prof. U. Englert, IAC (26.07.2004, 26.07.2004,  10.02.2017)