Welcome to the Merten Lab

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.

Latest news

March 2021
Water determines conformation of macrolide

We use VCD spectroscopy to show that a single water molecule determines the conformation of azithromycin even in CDCl3 solution. Congrats to Daniel on the second exciting paper in ChemCommun from his postdoc time in Bochum. Read more.

December 2020
Chiral propellers of triarylborane ammonia adducts.

Congratulations to Michael on his first paper! An exciting example for the use of VCD spectroscopy for stereochemical characterizations – great job! Read more about it in Angewandte Chemie!

December 2020
New paper in PCCP

Important for AC determinations of tosylates by VCD spectroscopy: Kevin shows in his first paper just published in PCCP that polarization functions on sulfur are very important to correctly predict harm. S=O stretching frequencies. Read more in PCCP.


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Letzte Änderung: 03.05.2019 | Ansprechpartner/in: Inhalt & Technik