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  • Creating the Future

    The Hector Fellow Academy initiates innovative research projects on latest scientific problems.

Overview of projects by Associated Fellows

Networking and interdisciplinary knowledge transfer are essential to encourage research cooperations. Besides the promotion of junior scientists within the context of their doctorate or a research project, the Hector Fellow Academy offers the opportunity to become part of the Hector Fellow Academy to doctoral students and PostDocs in the working groups of the Hector Fellows. Being part of the Associated Fellow Program, they can participate in numerous continuing education courses as well as at networking events, symposia or conferences. In order to be accepted as an Associated Fellow, they require the consent of the mentoring Hector Fellow.

The following projects are supported:

Chiral organoboron PAHs for application in organic electronics

Felix Full – Hector RCD Awardee Agnieszka Nowak-Krol

Boron-containing polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) draw increasing interest due to their appealing optical and electronic features. They are promising candidates for applications in organic electronics, e.g. OLEDs, transistors and organic solar cells. This project is focused on the synthesis of new chiral organoboron PAHs and the investigation of the impact of their chiral geometry on the operation of such devices. More...

From mitochondrial genotypes to phenotypes with single-cell multi-omics

Pauline Kautz – Hector RCD Awardee Leif Ludwig

Somatic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations are associated with a wide range of human disorders, yet it has been difficult to reliably establish mitochondrial genotype-phenotype associations. Therefore, we aim to integrate metabolic profiling readouts with single-cell multi-omics sequencing techniques to characterise the consequences of pathogenic mtDNA mutations and increased mitochondrial mutational burden at the cellular and genomic level. More ...

Three-dimensional Chiral Metamaterials

Julian Köpfler – Hector Fellow Martin Wegener

Metamaterials are rationally designed structures exhibiting effective macroscopic material properties that go beyond those of ordinary materials. For instance, by introducing so-called topologically protected resonances it is possible to locally enhance mechanical vibrations and make them robust against perturbations. In this project, chiral metamaterials with topologically protected resonances are designed and fabricated to realize a resonant mechanical laser-beam scanner (see Figure). Such laser-beam scanners are crucial for various applications such as LIDAR, confocal microscopy, projector displays, and material processing. More...

A Modular Synthesis of Nitrogen-Stabilized Carbene Complexes

Vanessa Vethacke – Hector Fellow A. Stephen K. Hashmi

This project under the supervision of Hector Fellow Stephen Hashmi attempts to develop a modular synthesis, giving access to a broad number of catalysts, with the aim to tune the properties according to the needs of each catalyzed reaction. Our synthetic access attempts to build up different N-heteroacyclic and N-heterocyclic carbene ligands with a wide range of electronic and steric properties directly at a metal center. More...