Molecule of the Month

Molecule of the Month January 2018:
Carbene Iridium Catalysts for Reversible Hydrogenation Storage in N-Heterocycles
A. Vivancos, M. Beller, M. Albrecht;
ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8(1), 17–21; doi:10.1021/acscatal.7b03547

Awards and Honors

ICL 2017 Prize for Luminescence Research

Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Güdel has been awarded with the "ICL 2017 Prize for Luminescence Research", in recognition of his contributions to our understanding  of optical spectroscopy of rare earth and transition metal ions, upconversion, scintillation and energy transfer in inorganic solids.

Media Releases

Humidity Switches Molecular Diode Off and On
The tiny diode works by means of an asymmetry caused by water molecules at the molecular junction interface. At around 60% humidity, water molecules lump together at tip side of the molecular layer and cause an imbalance between the energy levels on both sides. This strongly limits the flow of electrons. Under dry circumstances, the molecule’s symmetry doesn’t break and the diode behavior disappears.
© Veerabhadrarao Kaliginedi
Details see Media Release of the University of Bern