News and Events

  • Our paper "PEGylated cationic serum albumin to boostretroviral gene transfer" has been accepted for publication in ChemBioChem. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Prof. Weil for her appointment as a senate member of the Leibniz Gemeinschaft!

  • Our mini review on converting human proteins into precision polymer therapeutics is accepted for publication in Current Pharmaceutical Design. Congratulations to the team!  
  • Congratulations to Yu Tokura, Yanyan, Yuzhou and Tanja for the acceptance of the paper titled "Bottom-up Fabrication of Nanopatterned Polymers on DNA Origami by In-situ Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization" in one of the top chemical journal, Angewandte Chemie International Edition!

  • Our bottom-up approach to fabricate toxin inspired structures have been highlighted in Materials Views. Read the article to find out more.

  • Our paper "pH responsive supramolecular core-shell protein hybrids" has been published on Taylor & Francis Online. Congratulations to Christiane, David, Yuzhou and Tanja!

  • Our paper "Water-Soluble Allyl Sulfones for Dual Site-Specific Labelling of Proteins and Cyclic Peptides" has been accepted for publications in Chemical Science! Congratulations to the team members who made this possible!

  • The collaborative work on "Self-assembling Oligothiophene-Bolaamphiphiles for Loading and Controlled Release of Doxorubicin into Living Cells" between OCII and OCIII has been accepted for publications in Chemical Communications. Congratulations to David, Yuzhou and Tanja!

  • Our joint project with Prof. Barth on engineering supramoleular fusion toxins has been accepted for publication in Macromolecular Bioscience. Congratulations to the team!

  • The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung has supported Prof. Weil with a funding to develop implantable intelligent biosensors as innovative healthcare diagnostics. More information is available here.

  • Prof. Weil has been awarded an EU grant under the Hyper Diamond project to develop hyperpolarized, nanometer-sized diamond is equally interesting for diagnostics, research and drug development. Congratulations! More information can be found in the press release.
  • Congratulations to Dr. David Ng who has won the Best Poster Award at the recently held Kármán Conference!

  • A warm welcome to our new postdoc, Dr. Bikram Keshari Agrawalla!

  • Our institute, together with that of the Scholz and Thonke groups, have been awarded a research funding from the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung to develop intelligent optoelectronic biosensors. Congratulations!

  • The minireview "Diamond Quantum Devices in Biology" from the Synergy team has been accepted for publication in one of the top-ranked Chemistry journals, Angewandte Chemie!

  • Congratulations to Yuzhou, Weina and Goutam. Our joint publication with Prof. Jelezko on "Programmable Biopolymers for Advancing Biomedical Applications of Fluorescent Nanodiamonds" has been accepted for publication in Advanced Functional Materials. The findings from this study brings us one step closer to realizing the potential of diamond quantum devices funded by the ERC Synergy Grant.

  • A warm welcome to Dr. Fangrui ZHONG who joins our institute from TUM!

  • Our invited article has been highlighted as a very important paper in the special issue of ChemPlusChem to mark the 50th anniversary of Singapore. Find out more about the special issue and the select group of scientists and researchers who have participated in the editorial.

  • Our paper titled "DNA-based self-assembly of fluorescent nanodiamonds" has been accepted for publications in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 

  • Wang Tao's paper on "Receptor Selective Ruthenium-Somatostatin Photosensitizer for Cancer Targeted Photodynamic Applications" has been accepted for publication in ChemComm. Congrats to Wang Tao, David, Stephan, Yuzhou and Markus!

  • Overcoming new challenges and making it to the top: Our proud members at the Wannenkopf during our recent scientific retreat. Wang Tao has impressed everyone with her hiking skills. 
  • Our manuscript titled "Programming Bioactive Architectures via Cyclic Peptide Amphiphiles" has been accepted for publication in ChemPlusChem. Many thanks to Seah Ling, Wang Tao, Marco, Weina and Markus for their efforts!

  • Warm welcome to our two scientific guests from the United States of America: Mr. Andrew Norris from Berea College and Ms Adewola Osunsade from the University of The District of Columbia. Ms Osunsade is one of the recipients of the highly competitive 2015-2016 ACS-IREU award

  • OC3 members enjoying some sun in the beer garden:

  • Congratulations to Andreas Riegger and Susanne Sihler for winning the Barbara Mez-Starck-Preis

  • Warm welcome to Yanyan Jiang, an exchange student from Prof. Martina Stenzel's group at the University of New South Wales!

  • Andreas Riegger was selected to present his PhD research in the 18th TOCUS last October and the event was reported in the 1st issue of Nachrichten aus der Chemie this year.

  • As part of our institute's rigourous effort in chemical education, an experimental kit on nanotechnology targeting high school students has been developed in collaboration with several schools. The kit is now available through the company Hedinger. More information can be found in the press release. Congrats to the team led by Apl. Prof. Ziener!

  • The New Year kickstarts with some great news for OCIII:
  1. Dr. Yuzhou Wu has been awarded the Forschungsbonus in recognition for the scientific excellence in her research in bionanomaterials for in vivo sensing and drug delivery. Congratulations!

  2. Prof. Weil has been appointed to the ACS Biomacromolecues Editorial Advisory Board and the International Advisory Board of Advanced Science (Wiley). 
  • A warm welcome to our DAAD Visiting Professor, Dr. Rachel Ee! Dr. Ee is a faculty member of the Department of Pharmacy at the National University of Singapore and will be with us from Dec 14 - Jan 15. 

  • Congratulations to Christiane Seidler whose Masters thesis has been selected for publications in the list of Springer spectrum as Best Masters thesis!

News Archive


Supramolecular Fabrication of Toxin-Inspired Structures

The potency of bacterial toxins (BTs) is attributed to the highly refined modular structures. Inspired by the evolutionary design of native BTs and their functional components, we have devised a bottom-up approach to fabricate precisely arranged synthetic macromolecules and an enzymatically active toxin from Clostridium botulinum. Find out more in the highlight in Materials Views.

Programming Supramolecular Biohybrids as Precision Therapeutics

How can one instill a set of defined chemical properties in macromolecular structures to behave in a sequential and precise manner? What are the potential applications of such precision biohybrids? Are they really the forerunners as next generation nanomaterials? All these and more are discussed in our review article in Accounts of Chemical Research.


Double Cause for Celebration during Schwörfeier

Prof. Weil has received the "Wissenschaftspreis der Stadt Ulm" on Schwörmontag for her contributions in strengthening the international recognition of scientific research in Ulm through her innovative, cutting edge research in chemically programmed biopolymers. More information is available from the press release.

Million Euro Grant for New Research Building

An interdisciplinary center for quantum biological sciences will be built at the campus of Ulm University. The 2700 m2 building will house researchers from physics, chemistry and medicine. The core team is formed by the four institutes led by Prof. Fedor Jelezko, Prof. Martin Plenio, Prof. Frank Kirchhoff and Prof. Tanja Weil. Construction will begin in 2015. More information are available in the press releases.

Molecular Engineering For Efficient in vivo Drug Delivery

Our joint collaboration with the groups of Prof. K. Müllen and Prof. T. Simmet has received a highly competitive funding from the Volkswagen Foundation. Look out for updates that will be coming soon on this project.


Spinach and Nanodiamonds

Popeye, the comic book hero. How is he linked to our research? Find out more in the press release on our publication in Nanoletters.

Ferritin: An iron storage protein

Peptides and HIV

What is the connection and how can this help in medical advancement? More information are available from these articles on UPEP (Ulmer Zentrum für Peptidpharmazeutika) and our collaboration with the molecular virology institute. Find out how it all started from Baden-Württemberg Health.

Tanja Weil: solutions involving biohybrid materials

Prof. Weil had travelled around half the globe to Singapore in 2008 and came back to Germany in 2010 to join the university. Read more about Prof. Weil's road to academics and her research visions.