The Group

Our group headed by Professor Silvio Decurtins comprises a lively and enthusiastic team of young researchers from several different countries. We take advantage of our cultural diversity and find that this benefits our research and makes working in the laboratory more interesting and fun. Although the scientific language of our group is English, the language spoken daily in the laboratory can range from German to French and Chinese.

A part of our research is centered around the field of coordination chemistry. We exploit the co-ordination geometries of metal ions to direct the self-assembly of inorganic architectures that convey interesting magnetic and photophysical properties. Furthermore, we also focus on the design and synthesis of annulated donor-acceptor molecules which exhibit ambivalent redox-properties.

If you are interested and would like to join the team then contact Professor S. Decurtins for further information: -> contact

The following researchers in the group make this chemistry possible
(as of December 2014):

Lecturer / Research Assistant

  • Dr. Shi-Xia Liu from the Lanzhou University, China. A former Humboldt-Fellow from the University of Siegen, Germany
  • Angela Liuyi Wang, our youngest group member, was born on June 15, 2009

Postdoctoral Fellows

PhD Students

Master Students

  • Luis-Manuel Mateo from the University of Berne, Switzerland

Lab Technician


  • Sandra Schr is getting her first experiences in chemistry

Technical Assistant


We still keep contact with some of our former Postdoctoral, PhD and Diploma students or technicians and with former visiting researchers.

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