Research in the Bergbreiter group focuses on polymer, organic, catalysis, and surface chemistry and involves modifying polymers, inventing sustainable safe solvents, and making synthetic and catalysis chemistry greener.
The Bluemel research interests span from inorganic, organometallic, and surface chemistry, to catalysis and polymer chemistry. Multinuclear NMR spectroscopy of dia- and paramagnetic liquids and solids is applied and further developed as a powerful method in all fields.
Design of transition and rare earth metal compounds with conducting and magnetic properties. Applications of supramolecular chemistry of anions and organic radicals in the design of functional materials and drugs. Anticancer properties of photochemically activated metal drug complexes for photodynamic therapy. Metal-metal bonded complexes as solar photochemical and electrochemical catalysts for water and carbon dioxide reduction.
Current research centers around organometallic chemistry, and branches into catalysis, organic synthesis, enantioselective reactions, stereochemistry, mechanism, and materials and green chemistry. Present initiatives include enantioselective and recoverable catalysts, and organometallic building blocks for molecular wires and gyroscopes.
Developing new materials to improve the performance of medical devices and regenerative engineering therapies. Several specific research areas include anti-fouling coatings for blood-contacting devices & marine applications, self-cleaning membranes for implanted biosensors, shape memory polymer scaffolds & inorganic-organic hydrogel scaffolds for bone healing, and ultra-strong hydrogels as synthetic cartilage.
Studies in molecular transition metal and main group chemistry. Ligand design for novel elementary transformations and catalysis, with recent emphasis on borylation chemistry. Exploration of the frontiers of synthesis and reactivity of highly reactive cations and most weakly coordinating anions. New materials based on metallopolymers with redox-active ligands.
Application of fundamental organic chemistry reactions to the modification and functionalization of small molecules, polymers, and particles to prepare new composite architectures, and use of these structures to realize properties not possible with current state-of-the-art systems.
Organometallic and inorganic synthesis for the development of new strategies for oxidation chemistry. Investigation of the structures of reactive intermediates and the effects of confinement and proximity on organic reactions.
Spectroscopy, optical and scanning probe microscopies, materials science, nanoscience, focusing on optical behavior of nanoscale materials with applications in solar energy, photocatalysis, and more broadly, photochemistry and nanophotonics.
Synthetic strategies for degradable polymers derived from natural products, unique macromolecular architectures and complex polymer assemblies, designed for practical implementation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, as non-toxic anti-biofouling or anti-icing coatings, as materials for microelectronics device applications, or as pollutant remediation systems.
Inorganic and materials chemistry, focusing on design and synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent-organic frameworks (COFs) applied to energy-related research (e.g., CO2 capture, H2 storage), catalysis, and biomedical applications.