Our research goal is to transfer external stimuli into functionality on the molecular level. We focus on controlling intermolecular interactions in host-guest systems such as Metal-Organic Frameworks and at hybrid interfaces by light. Combining multiscale simulations with experimental methods - in particular time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy and scanning probe techniques - we investigate dynamic phenomena ranging from directed molecular motion to electron transfer processes and self-assembly mechanisms in well-defined molecular environments. Using this approach we study in particular the dynamics of photo-responsive molecular units with an emphasis on molecular machines. By correlating the dynamic phenomena on the molecular level with the resulting functionality of the molecular systems (e.g. photo-catalysis or selective drug release), we aim to derive new concepts for the development of smart stimuli-responsive nanomaterials.
Recent Research Highlights
H. Mönig, S. Amirjalayer, A. Timmer, Z. Hu, L. Liu, O. Díaz Arado, M. Cnudde, C. A. Strassert, W. Ji, M. Rohlfing, H. Fuchs, Nature Nanotechnology Advance Online Publication, DOI: 10.1038/s41565-018-0104-4.
S. Amirjalayer*, A. Martinez-Cuezva, J. Berna, S. Woutersen*, W. J. Buma*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 1792. (*corresponding author)
G. Wang, A. Rühling, S. Amirjalayer, M. Knor, J. B. Ernst, H.-J Gao, H.-Y. Gao, C. Richter, N. L. Doltsinis, F. Glorius, H. Fuchs, Nature Chemistry, 2017, 9, 152.
D. Ji*, X. Xu*, L. Jiang*, S. Amirjalayer*, L. Jiang, Y. Zhen, Y. Zou, Y. Yao, H. Dong, J. Yu, H. Fuchs, W. Hu, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 2734. (*co-first author)
S. Amirjalayer*, R. Schmid, J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120, 27319. (*corresponding
R. Becker, S. Amirjalayer, P. Li, S. Woutersen, J. N.H. Reek, Science Advances 2016, 2, e1501014.
E. M.M. Tan, S. Amirjalayer, S. Smolarek, A. Vdovin, F. Zerbetto, W. J. Buma, Nature Commun. 2015 , 6:5860.