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Alexander JC Kuehne

Prof. Dr. - Institute Director

I studied Chemistry at the University of Cologne and University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, before conducting an International PhD (Strathclyde/Cologne) under the supervision of Richard Pethrick and Bernd Tieke. After postdocs in the groups of Klaus Meerholz (Cologne) and Dave Weitz (Harvard, USA) I became a junior research group leader at DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen. After my habilitation at RWTH Aachen with Martin Möller as a mentor, I was appointed  full professor at Ulm University, where I teach and conduct research in the fields of organic and macromolecular chemistry.


Ulrich Ziener

Prof. Dr. - Vice Director

After studying and doing a doctorate in chemistry in Tübingen, I decided to do a postdoc at the MPI for Polymer Research in Mainz, followed by a postdoc with Jean-Marie Lehn in Strasbourg, France. The decision to pursue a scientific career was made after a two-year stay at the Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, after which I moved to Ulm University as a group leader. In 2008 I completed my habilitation and became a professor (apl) in 2012. I teach macromolecular chemistry and do research in the fields of supramolecular chemistry and self-organization.

(full CV, see here)


Christine Munz


I have been a public official at Ulm University since 1992, initially working in various departments
at the university hospital. In 2004, I switched to the Institute of Organic Chemistry III. In my
position as secretary, I am responsible for all administrative and organisational tasks that arise.


Magdalene Zimmermann


I am a chemistry technician and enjoy chemical synthesis.


I am an expert in size exclusion chromatography (GPC).


Markus Lamla

Dr. rer. nat. - Technician

After finishing my PhD thesis, in which I investigated the inhibition of the replication of mutated mtDNA under the supervision of  Hartmut Seliger, I started  working in the Institute of Organic Chemistry III in 2012.

I am an expert in mass spectrometry and cell culture experiments.


Günther Weber


I am a technician trained in high frequency technology as well as is chemistry.


I am an expert in vacuum and intergas technology and thermal analysis of polymeric materials (TGA, DSC).


Jiaying Han

PhD - Postdoc

I obtained my Bachelor diploma in Applied Chemistry at Southwest University in Chongqing, China, 2011. Afterwards, I moved to Beijing Normal University to pursue my Master degree in Analytical Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Na Na. Since October 2014, I joined into the Analytical Biochemistry Group at the University of Groningen under the supervision of Prof. Peter Horvatovich, Prof. Angela Casini and Prof. Rainer Bischoff to do my PhD study, working on metal-organic-supramolecular targeted drug delivery and mass spectrometry imaging. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher in the KuehneLab. My research focuses on the analysis of protein corona around conjugated polymer nanoparticles (CPNs) and the implications for biological applications.


Susanne Sihler

Dr. rer. nat. - Postdoc

During my PhD thesis I developed a new
concept for the stabilization of

miniemulsions by self-assembly of water-soluble dyes at the oil-water interface. My current research focusses on the application of these dye-stabilized oil droplets for interfacial reactions, particularly the sol-gel process, and understanding the role of the dye therein. My work in the lab is rounded off by the preparation of hydrogel micro- and nanoparticles for biomedical applications.


Mona Arnold

MSc. - Doctoral student

Designing stable trityl radicals for highly efficient doublet emission was the subject of my master thesis. While the focus is on experimental work in the organic laboratory, I like to complement my studies with theoretical DFT calculations. In my PhD work, I continue to investigate new materials with fascinating properties. Tuning the fluorescence of doublet emitters is again a combined experimental and theoretical study.


Lisa Chen

Msc. - Doctoral student

After I received my Master's degree from RWTH Aachen University, I started my PhD at the KuehneLab in 2019. During my doctoral studies, I design and investigate stable, luminescent radical dyes for optoelectronic applications.


Felix Goll

MSc. - Doctoral student

I joined KuehneLab 2019 for my master thesis on the synthesis of seed molecules for nanodiamond production. I then started my PhD thesis on the synthesis and characterisation of novel TADF materials to be used for the fabrication of more energy-efficient displays and light-emitting diodes. In addition, I am involved in the repair and maintenance of all kinds of technical equipment in the institute.


Andreas Hoffmann

MSc. - Doctoral student

After growing up and studying in western Germany, in 2018 I moved from Aachen to Ulm. My swabian accent improved quite a bit since then. In my PhD-studies, im focusing on processing of acrylonitrile polymers, including spinning of polymer-nanofibers and plasma treatment of polymer surfaces.


Felicitas Jansen

MSc. - Doctoral student

After studying chemistry at RWTH Aachen University, I moved to Ulm with the KuehneLab in 2018. During my PhD studies, I work on conjugated polymer nanoparticles with a focus on their biomedical applications.


Aileen Klaus

Msc. - Doctoral student

After I graduated from RWTH, I moved to Ulm in 2019. In my PhD, I am interested in 4D printing of soft materials for soft robotic applications. Like my topic I am a very creative person and a food and art enthusiast.


Andreas Schelhorn

MSc. - Doctoral student

During my master's degree at the University of Ulm, I worked on the synthesis and characterization of blue light emitting materials for efficient organic light emitting diodes (OLED's). This theoretical and practical background inspired me and my passion towards science to do a PhD. My project builds on the synthesis of tailored azaadamantane-containing polymers as nucleation templates in diamond anvil cells to produce fluorescent nanodiamonds.


Lennart Schleper

MSc. - Doctoral student

Initially trained (mainly) in Heidelberg, I have been at KuehneLab for my PhD since 2018. During my research, I develop and investigate new TADF materials and thus work on energy-saving light sources and display materials.


Philipp Schuster

MSc. - Doctoral student

I received my bachelor's and master's degrees in Ulm and since the end of 2019, I am working on my PhD thesis on polymer batteries. The goal is to develop a fully biodegradable polymer battery based on imidazoles. 


Michael Usselmann

Msc. - Doctoral student

After graduating in chemistry at Ulm University, I joined the KuehneLab for my PhD in 2019. In my research, I deal with melt processing of acrylonitrile-copolymers. The aim of the project is to produce carbon fibers and other carbon

materials more sustainably and efficiently by melt-spinning an FDM-printing.


Philipp Welscher

MSc. - Doctoral student

I joined the KuehneLab in 2020 during my masters's studies at Ulm University. During my PhD studies nowadays, I work on the design, synthesis and characterization of highly emissive TADF materials and their implementation into organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs).


N. N.

MSc / Doctoral student / Postdoc

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Sven Hartmann

BSc. - Master student

I studied chemistry and management at Ulm University and at HEC Paris and have done internships in strategy consulting, investment banking and transaction advisory. For my master thesis, I joined the KuehneLab to do research on novel Sulfur-enriched polymers in a collaboration with the Delius Group.


Felix Majer

BSc. - Master student

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Sarah Spiewok

BSc. - Master student

After I completed my bachelor´s degree in biochemistry, I continued my master in chemistry at Ulm University. I joined the KuehneLab for my master thesis where I´m currently working on the synthesis of prodrugs and polymer nanoparticles for biomedical applications.


Stefan Richter

BSc. - Master student

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team &


Dr. Naveed Anwar (went to postdoc at Uni Kiel)

Dr. Dennis Go (now at Boss)

Dr. Sibel Ciftci (now at Beiersdorf)

Dr. Tatjana Repenko (now patent attorney at f&e patent)

Dr. Annabel Mikosch (now at OxfordPV)

Ann-Kathrin Steppert (now at Labor LS)

Alexander Jans (went to postdoc at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen)