The Sarkar Group

Where Catalysis and Switchable Molecular Materials Meet (Spectro-)Electrochemistry

Thanks for visiting the homepage of the Sarkar group. We combine synthetic chemistry with a host of physical methods to gain insights into functional metal complexes. Typical projects in the group combine organic and organometallic synthesis with a battery of spectroscopic and (spectro)electrochemical methods. Students are thus trained in both synthetic as well as spectroscopic and (spectro)electrochemical methods. Some recent goals and interests being followed in the group (but are not limited to) are the activation of small molecules, homogeneous catalysis, bio-inspired catalysis, optically and magnetically switchable molecular materials, photochemical bond-activation reactions, and the utility of metal complexes for (potential) medicinal applications. Ligand classes that we currently employ are the potentially non-innocent quinone and azo ligands, and the emerging classes of click-triazoles and mesoionic carbenes. We strongly believe that the entire periodic system belongs to every chemist. Hence, the choice of elements is always dictated by the purpose at hand.

Apart from the core-competence of the group, we participate in several national and international collaborative projects where we either deliver our competence in physical methods to investigate substances from a collaborator’s lab or deliver substances synthesized by us for advanced investigations in a collaborator’s lab.

We are always looking for motivated chemists to strengthen the competence of our group. If you want to join the group for a Bachelor’s thesis, Master’s thesis, research practical or PhD thesis, please feel free to contact either the group leader or any of the PhD students of the group directly.