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What we do

Our group is home to the development of new organic reactions, that maximally rise the complexity of simple organic molecules in a single synthetic operation. This is typically achieved by guiding the starting material(s) through a sequence of transformative elementary steps. Evidently, the outcome of such a sequence heavily relies on the nature of the reactive intermediates encountered along the way. Most research in the area engages transition metal catalysts to generate these reactive intermediates. In a complementary approach, we try to identify and understand species that provide highly interesting reactivity and do not require a transition metal catalyst for their formation or follow up chemistry. Our current focus is on vinyl cations and boryl anions.

If you are a student at whatever stage of your studies and got interested in our work, please stop by @ our laboratories or email us to learn more about research opportunities for your bachelor/master thesis or your "Forschungspraktikum" in our group.

Research

Rearrangement sequences and domino/cascade reactions are ideal transformations for rising the complexity of simple organic molecules in a single synthetic operation. To efficiently realize these reaction types we engage high-energy reactive intermediates such as vinyl cations and boryl anions. As both of these species are still underdeveloped and poorly understood, all of our experimental work is accompanied by mechanistic analysis such as control experiments, time resolved NMR-spectroscopy and DFT based computational methods.

Publications

Recent contributions.

Raphael Eckert

PhD Student


lab m208; +49 (0241) 8094687
raphael.eckert@rwth-aachen.de

Since 11/2016 PhD Thesis @ Niggemann Lab,
RWTH Aachen
04/2014 - 09/2016 Master of Science, JGU Mainz
04/2011 - 05/2014 Bachelor of Science, JGU Mainz

Christina Strauch

PhD Student


lab m212; +49 (0241) 8090624
christina.strauch@rwth-aachen.de

Since 10/2018 PhD Thesis @ Niggemann Lab,
RWTH Aachen
04/2016 - 07/2018 Master of Science, RWTH Aachen
10/2011 - 03/2016 Bachelor of Science, RWTH Aachen

Sarah Roeb

PhD Student


lab m208; +49 (0241) 8094687
sarah.roeb@rwth-aachen.de

since 06/2020 PhD Thesis @ Niggemann Lab,
RWTH Aachen
10/2017 - 06/2020 Master of Science, RWTH Aachen
10/2014 - 08/2017 Bachelor of Science, RWTH Aachen

Peter Palchuber

PhD Student


lab m208; +49 (0241) 8094687
peter.palchuber@rwth-aachen.de

Since 04/2018 PhD Thesis @ Niggemann Lab,
RWTH Aachen
02/2016 - 02/2018 Master of Science, BME Budapest
09/2012 - 02/2016 Bachelor of Science, BME Budapest

Max Gerbershagen

PhD Student


lab m212; +49 (0241) 8090624
max.gerbershagen@rwth-aachen.de

since 09/2019 PhD Thesis @ Niggemann Lab,
RWTH Aachen
10/2016 - 09/2019 Master of Science, RWTH Aachen
10/2012 - 09/2016 Bachelor of Science, RWTH Aachen

Marina Chuchmareva

PhD Student


lab m212; +49 (0241) 8090624
marina.chuchmareva@rwth-aachen.de

since 05/2020 PhD Thesis @ Niggemann Lab,
RWTH Aachen
10/2016 - 05/2020 Master of Science, RWTH Aachen
10/2012 - 09/2016 Bachelor of Science, RWTH Aachen

Matthias Brückner

Master Student


lab m212; +49 (0241) 8090624
matthias.brueckner@rwth-aachen.de

since 06/2020 Master Thesis @ Niggemann Lab,
RWTH Aachen
10/2010 - 04/2017 Bachelor of Science, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Meike Niggemann

Group Leader

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News

The latest from the group.

Sebastian defended his thesis! Congratulations!

December 11, 2020

Marina and Sarah joined the group to start their PhD. Welcome girls!
Our new glovebox has also arrived to support the group!

June 1, 2020

The group celebrated carneval.

February 25, 2020

Raphael gave a talk about our recent work, Christina presented her poster @ 12th New Year's Symposium.

January 10, 2020

The group took part on the GDCh-WiFo 2019. Christina and Raphael presented their posters.

September 19, 2019