Druckansicht der Internetadresse:

Logo UNI-Bayereuth Logo Friederich-Alexander Universität Logo Universtität Würzburg

Print page

Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner

Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner

Institut für Organische Chemie & Center for Nanosystems Chemistry (CNC)
University of Würzburg | BPI Executive committee | KeyLab coordinator

Job History

since 2002Professor, Chair of Organic Chemistry II, University of Würzburg
since 2010Director of the Center for Nanosystems Chemistry, University of Würzburg
since 2016Member of the Board of Directors of the Bavarian Polymer Institute (BPI) and Head of the KeyLab of Supramolecular Polymers in Würzburg
2007 – 2009Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Würzburg
2001/2002Professor of Organic Chemistry (temporally limited), Technical University of Karlsruhe
1997 – 2000Liebig and DFG fellow (Habilitation), University of Ulm
1995 – 1996Chemist at BASF AG, Central Research, Ludwigshafen. Research on functional dyes
1994 – 1995Post-doc with Prof. J. Rebek, Jr. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge/MA (USA)


2001Habilitation in Organic Chemistry, University of Ulm (with Peter Bäuerle):  Supramolecular Dye Chemistry
1990 – 1994Dr. rer.nat., University of Stuttgart (with Franz Effenberger): Synthesis and Properties of Donor-Acceptor-substituted Oligothiophenes
1984 – 1990

Study of Chemistry, University of Stuttgart

Awards and other responsibilities


2017Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences

Member German National Academy of Science Leopoldina
Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Award (Royal Chemical Society Spain)
Elsevier Lecture Award (Japanese Photochem. Association)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)


Emanuel Vogel Lecture (University of Cologne)
Molecular Science Frontier Lecture Professorship, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing

2014Listed as Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher & World's Most Influential Scientific Minds in Chemistry
K. S. Krishnan Memorial Lecture (Indian Association of the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata)
Solvay Lecture, Brussels

Steinhofer Award & Lectureship (University of Freiburg)

2003Tarrant Award & Lectureship (University of Florida)
2002Arnold Sommerfeld Award (Bavarian Academy of Science)
2000Otto Röhm Memorial Award
1997Liebig Fellowship (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie)
1995Feodor Lynen Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

Visiting Professorships


Academia Sinica (Taiwan), Taipei

2010/2011Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Chemistry, Beijing
2010Université d’Angers, France

Editorial Boards

since 2015Associate Editor Organic Chemistry Frontiers (Royal Society of Chemistry)
since 2015Editorial Advisory Board Member Open Chemistry (De Gruyter)
since 2012

International Advisory Board Member Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry (Wiley-VCH)

since 2010Editorial Advisory Board Member Journal of Organic Chemistry (American Chemical Society)
since 2008Editorial Advisory Board Member Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry (Springer)
2005Editor Topics in Current Chemistry Volume “Supramolecular Dye Chemistry” (Springer)

Advisory Borads

since 2010Member of the Scientific Council of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie
2007 – 2012

Member of the Selection Committee of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (Institutional Partnerships)

2007 – 2015

Scientific Consultant in the field of Organic Electronics for BASF SE

2009/2010Member of the Selection Committee for International Research Groups of the Max-Planck Society
2011 –2014

Member Evaluation Panel 5 of the European Research Council (Starter & Consolidator Grants)

Conference Organization


Secretary General 5th International Symposium on Functional π-Electron Systems, Ulm

2013Chairman 7th Conference on Conjugated Oligomers and Polymers (KOPO), Würzburg

Selection of Plenary Lectures at International Conferences (last years)


International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, Cambridge, UK (accepted)

20163rd Riken International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry and Functional Materials, Tokyo, Japan
2015Faraday Discussions on Supramolecular Photochemistry, Cambridge, UK
20148th Asian Photochemisty Conference,Trivandrum, India
20145. Fundación Ramón Areces Scientific Symposium "CHEMISTRY: ANSWERS FOR A BETTER WORLD ", Madrid, Spain
2014Gordon Research Conference on Electronic Processes, Lucca (Barga), Italy
2013Frontiers in Macromolecular and Supramolecular Science Symposium, Bucharest, Romania

Institut für Organische Chemie & Center for Nanosystems Chemistry (CNC)
University of Würzburg | BPI Executive committee | KeyLab coordinator

  • Dyes and organic semiconductors
  • Supramolecular chemistry and biomolecular recognition
  • Photochemistry
  • Self-assembly & supramolecular polymerization
  • gelation and organic nanostructure formation
  • Materials for organic electronics, photonics, photovoltaics & photocatalysis

Institut für Organische Chemie & Center for Nanosystems Chemistry (CNC)
University of Würzburg | BPI Executive committee | KeyLab coordinator

10 selected publications

A complete list of publications of Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner is available here.

A supramolecular ruthenium macrocycle with high catalytic activity for water oxidation that mechanistically mimics photosystem II
M. Schulze, V. Kunz, P. D. Frischmann, F. Würthner
Nat. Chem. 2016, 8, 576-583

Supramolecular block copolymers by kinetically controlled co-self-assembly of planar and core-twisted perylene bisimides
D. Görl, X. Zhang, V. Stepanenko, F. Würthner
Nat. Commun. 2015, 6, 7009

Mechanism of self-assembly process and seeded supramolecular polymerization of perylene bisimide organogelator
S. Ogi, V. Stepanenko, K. Sugiyasu, M. Takeuchi, F. Würthner
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 3300-3307

High-performance air-stable n-channel organic thin film transistors based on halogenated perylene bisimide semiconductors
R. Schmidt, J. H. Oh, Y.-S. Sun, M. Deppisch, A.-M. Krause, K. Radacki, H. Braunschweig, M. Könemann, P. Erk, Z. Bao, F. Würthner
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 6215-6228

Vesicular perylene dye nanocapsules as supramolecular fluorescent pH sensor systems
X. Zhang, S. Rehm, M. M. Safont-Sempere, F. Würthner
Nat. Chem. 2009, 1, 623-629

Supramolecular construction of fluorescent J-aggregates based on hydrogen-bonded perylene dyes
T. E. Kaiser, H. Wang, V. Stepanenko, F. Würthner
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 5541-5544

Photoproduction of proton gradients with π-stacked fluorophore scaffolds in lipid bilayers
S. Bhosale, A. L. Sisson, P. Talukdar, A. Fürstenberg, N. Banerji, E. Vauthey, G. Bollot, J. Mareda, C. Röger, F. Würthner, N. Sakai, S. Matile
Science 2006, 313, 84-86

Supramolecular p-n-heterojunctions by co-self-organization of oligo(p-phenylene vinylene) and perylene bisimide dyes
F. Würthner, Z. Chen, F. J. M. Hoeben, P. Osswald, C.-C. You, P. Jonkheijm,
J. van Herrikhuyzen, A. P. H. J. Schenning, P. P. A. M. van der Schoot, E. W. Meijer,
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 10611-10618

Fluorescent J-type aggregates and thermotropic columnar mesophases of perylene bisimide dyes
F. Würthner, C. Thalacker, S. Diele, C. Tschierske
Chem. Eur. J. 2001, 7, 2245-2253

Light-switchable catalysis in synthetic receptors
F. Würthner, J. Rebek, Jr.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 1995, 34, 446-448

Institut für Organische Chemie & Center for Nanosystems Chemistry (CNC)
University of Würzburg | BPI Executive committee | KeyLab coordinator

Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner
University of Würzburg | BPI Executive committee
KeyLab coordinator

Institut für Organische Chemie &
Center for Nanosystems Chemistry (CNC)
D-97074 Würzburg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)931 / 31 85340
E-mail: wuerthner@uni-wuerzburg.de
Homepage: Organic Materials and Nanosystems Chemistry