The Team

Tino Golub
PhD student
Phone: 0234 32-21799

BSc (RU Bochum, 2015), MSc (RU Bochum, 2018)

Tino uses VCD spectroscopy to study asymmetric catalysts in solution and tried to capture their active conformations

Corentin Grassin
PhD student
Phone: 0234 32-21799

BSc/MSc from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL). 2020

Michael Kemper
PhD student
Phone: 0234 32-19048 (office) / 24422 (lab)

BSc (University Duisburg-Essen, 2016), MSc (UDE, 2018)

Michael investigates chiral recognition phenomena in halogen-bonded weakly bound complexes and in amine-borane Lewis adducts.

Nora Kreienborg
PhD student
Phone: 0234 32-19048 (office) / 19071 (lab)

BSc (RU Bochum, 2015), MSc (RU Bochum, 2018)

Nora is in charge of the CryoVCD instrumentation, which she built in her Masters project. She uses the instrument to study the VCD of chiral molecules without the influence of solute-solvent interactions and to measure thermochemical data (enthalpy and entropy of formation) of halogen bonded complexes.

Prof. Dr. Christian Merten
Group leader
Phone: 0234 32-24529

For full CV, click here.

Dr. Ernesto Santoro
Postdoc (RUB Research School / FP-RESOMUS)
Phone: Phone: 0234 32-19048 (office)
Kevin Scholten
Master student
Phone: 0234 32-24422 (lab)

BSc (HHU Düsseldorf, 2017), MSc (RU Bochum, 2019)

Kevin is member of the Research Training Group "Confinement Controlled Chemistry" and investigates guest uptake in chiral cage-molecules by VCD spectroscopy.

Elliot J. Tay
PhD student
Phone: Phone: 0234 32-19048 (office) / 19071 (lab)

BSc(Hon) from University of Otago, NZ, 2018 MSc(Hon) from University of Otago, NZ, 2020

Luisa Weirich
PhD student
Phone: 0234 32-24422 (lab)

BSc (HHU Düsseldorf, 2016), MSc (RU Bochum, 2018)

As member of the Research training group "Confinement controlled chemistry" (GRK 2376), she is interested in studying guest binding in chiral organic macrocycles and its effect on photochemical isomerization reactions.

Olaf & R2D2
The really important group members

Wanna know what Olaf and R2D2 are doing? Just visit our lab and meet them!




  • Dr. Corina H. Pollok (11/18-03/21; PhD 11/2014-10/2018)
  • Dr. Daniel P. Demarque (03/2019-02/2021)
PhD students
  • Dr. Karoline Bünnemann (04/2016-11/2019; M.Sc. 2016)
  • Tobias Osowski (Master thesis student) – 2016
  • Summer 2019: Katharina Blanke
  • Summer 2019: Philip Woite
  • Summer 2018: Jan Philip Nau
  • Summer 2017: Melinda Nolten
  • Summer 2016: N. Hendrik Mohrbach
  • Summer 2016: Jana-Alina Zur
  • Summer 2014: Simon Nikutta
  • May-Oct 2018: Juliana Magalhães de Oliveira (visiting Master student from Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil)
  • Jun-Nov 2017: Zakia Afzal (visiting PhD student from Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan)
  • Feb-Jun 2017: Daniel P. Demarque (visiting PhD student from University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil)
  • Summer 2017: Tom Vermeyen (Erasmus student from Belgium)
  • Summer 2015: Jonathan Bogaerts (Erasmus student from Belgium)

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