Welcome to the Esser Lab

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We moved to Ulm!

Since March 2022 we are part of the Institute of Organic Chemistry II and Advanced Materials at Ulm University. You can find us in M25 in rooms 3401 to 3410 and at the POLiS Cluster of Excellence building, Lise-Meitner-Straße 16.

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New PhD student!

Isabel Morhenn joined the group for her PhD. Welcome and good luck!


New PhD student!

After finishing his master thesis in the group Tobias Wasserrab rejoined us for his PhD. Welcome back!


New master students!

Eva Bräutigam and Nico Kokott recently started their master thesis. Welcome to the group!


New PhD student and new bachelor student!

Alexander Tombrink just started his PhD and Sarah Rieger started her bachelor thesis in the group. Good luck!


Two new bachelor students

Levin Göttinger and Moritz Podiebrad startet their bachelor thesis in the group. Good luck!


ERC Consolidator Grant

Birgit receives an ERC Consolidator grant. Excited to embark on project NanOBatt! PhD and postdoc positions will be available soon. Check out the press release here.


Two new group members

Daniel Baumgarten (PhD student) and Lars Hinrichs (Master Thesis) recently joined our group. Welcome and good luck!


Paper accepted

Gauthier's paper on an high capacity aluminum battery featuring a two-electron redox phenothiazine polymer cathode was accepted in Energy & Environmental Science! Check it out here.


Three new Group Members

Álvaro Martínez (visiting scientist), Michael Keis (Master Thesis) and Bernd Schulz (Bachelor Thesis) recently joined our group. Welcome and good luck!


New Master Student

Tobias Wasserrab just started his Master Thesis in the group. Good luck!


Two papers online

Mathias's work on perfluorophenyl-substituted thioether-dibenzopentalenes, which lead to a tighter solid-state packing, with theoretical calculations performed by David.

Find it here, published in Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry.


Collaborative work with Oliver Dumele's group on antiaromatic dibenzopentalene-based COF: First example of DBPs as battery electrode materials, measurements done by Manik, published in J. Am. Chem. Soc..

Find it here.


Paper Accepted!

Immobilizing poly(vinylphenothiazine) in Ketjenblack is a great strategy to boost its cycling stability: Check it out in Advanced Functional Materials.


Find it here.


Paper Accepted!

How does a vinylene versus styrene backbone perform in anisylphenothiazine-functionalized redox polymers? Gauthier's paper has been accepted in Batteries & Supercaps. Congratulations!


Find it here.


Paper Accepted!

Can organic redox polymers function well in batteries and solar cells? Robin's paper has been accepted in Macromolecular Rapid Communications. Congratulations!


Find it here.


New Postdoc

Somayeh Ahadi just started her Postdoc in the group. She will develop organic electrode materials for post-lithium batteries. Good luck!



New Postdoc

Md Adil just started his Postdoc in the group. He will be working on organic post-lithium ion batteries. Good luck!


New PhD student

Florin Adler just started his PhD in the group. Good luck!


Paper Accepted!

Pascals paper about high mass loadings in phenothiazine based organic batteries has been accepted in ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. !


Find it here.


Congratulations Gauthier!

Gauthier Desmaizieres successfully defended his PhD thesis with the title "Synthese und Untersuchung von redoxaktiven Polymeren für die Anwendung als Elektrodenmaterialien in organischen Batterien".



Two Papers Accepted!

Two Papers by Jan and Mathias about Dibenzopentalene containing nanohoops were accepted in Organic Letters and Synlett !


Find more information here.


Bachelor and Master students wanted!

If you are interested in joining our group for a Bachelor or Master Thesis feel free to contact Prof. Esser or one of our group members! You can find an overview over possible topics here.

Find the News Archive here.

Join us!

You are interested in joining our group? Find more information here.