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Dr. Bernd M. Schmidt

Heisenberg Grant
Functional Supramolecular Systems

"Junges Kolleg", North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Telefon: 0211 81-10327

Research Areas

Dr. Bernd M. Schmidt researches simple organic building blocks that arrange themselves into well-defined, complex supermolecules within a short time. This process of association of individual molecules into superordinate structures is of great importance in nature, but also in many other areas.
In contrast to metal-containing networks, individual pores are formed in organic molecules. It is hoped that the very light porous compounds can be used to bind gases such as carbon dioxide. Schmidts´ research group is working specifically on ultrahydrophobic pores made of fluorinated building blocks in order to be able to use them to trap highly and partially fluorinated gases. In addition, the group is working on supramolecular systems that can be controlled by external stimuli such as light.

Academic Career 

Bernd M. Schmidt studied chemistry at Freie Universität Berlin and also conducted research at the Institute for Molecular Science in Okazaki, Japan as a student researcher. In 2013, he completed his PhD as part of the Fluorine Chemistry Research Training Group, also at FU Berlin. After postdoctoral stays at Humboldt University in Berlin and University of Tokyo, he joined HHU in 2018, where he leads a junior research group.

  • Heisenberg Programme of the German Research Foundation, since 2024

  • Dr. Otto Röhm Memorial Foundation Award, 2022

  • Member of the "Junge Kolleg", North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts and elected representitive of the initiative, since 2020
  • Humboldt Research Fellowship, 2013, 2017
  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship, 2014–2016
  • Research scholarship-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Foto: Hardy Welsch

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