We are interested in the mechanisms of the transfer of chirality respectively chiral information in systems relevant for asymmetric catalysis and chiral recognition. Our main experimental tool is vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy.
March 2020 Advising JOC in questions of AC determinations
Recently, Christian has been asked by the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Organic Chemistry to join the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board. A pleasure to serve the community next to all these amazing colleagues!
February 2020 VCD spectroscopic insights to enamine catalysis
In Tino’s first paper (Congratulations!!), we show that VCD spectroscopy can be used to characterize the structures of in situ generated enamines of prolinol ethers. Check it out: dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201905614 !
December 2019 How to solvate diol for VCD studies?
Luisa and visiting student Juliana from J. Batista’s group answer this question in our latest publication in PCCP. Read here: dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9CP06030H
Interested in working on an exciting research project involving synthesis, experimental and theoretical IR/VCD spectroscopy? We are always looking for Bachelor and Master students and offer experiments for practical lab courses.
Currently, we have two open PhD positions on matrix-isolation VCD and CryoVCD!
Ruhr University Bochum
Organic Chemistry II
Prof. Dr. Christian Merten