• Creating the Future

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

Overview of projects by associates

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 program, they can participate in numerous continuing education courses as well as at networking events, symposia or conferences. In order to be accepted as a fellowship student, they require the consent of the mentoring Hector Fellow.

The following projects are supported:

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...