“Hypercinth” challenge proclaimed + HYP*MOL-LinkedIn launch

At the HYP*MOL status meeting between 25 and 27 March, so-called “hypercinths” were distributed to TRR members. Challenge: whose hypercinth is the most beautiful after one year will be honoured. Not so easy, as the life cycle of the hypercintus is very similar to that of the hyacinth.

HYP*MOL is now also available on LinkedIn! Follow us via this link!


3 May 2024: HYP*MOL colloquium with Rafael Gutierrez

The 4th HYP*MOL colloquium will take place at Leipzig University (Faculty of Chemistry & Mineralogy) on 3 May 2024. The speaker is PD Dr. Rafael Gutierrez from TU Dresden (KIT). Further information will follow soon.


25-27 Mar 2024: HYP*MOL Status Meeting [EXPIRED]

From March 25 to 27, 2024, the HYP*MOL Spring Meeting will take place in Leipzig at the Faculty of Chemistry & Mineralogy. Members of our consortium are invited to spend three days discussing the latest findings and upcoming studies. The current schedule is as follows:

Mon., 25 March 2024 (great lecture hall)

14:00: Welcome with coffee & cake

15:00-16:40: Guided tours through campus

17:00: Updates on HYP*MOL organization

17:15: Till Biskup – “Future of Scientific Data”

18:00: Sandwiches, grilled food and drinks

Tue., 26 March 2024 (great lecture hall)

08:30-10:30: Talks on research data management, electronic lab books and computer environment

10:30: Coffee break

11:00-12:30: Talks on project updates and recent developments in the world of hyperpolarization

12:30: Lunch & break

14:00-14:45 (great lecture hall) Round table discussion on Joint Work Package 1

14:00-14:45 (small lecture hall) Round table discussion on Joint Work Package 2

14:45: Coffee break

15:15-16:00 (great lecture hall) Round table discussion on Joint Work Package 3

15:15-16:00 (small lecture hall) Round table discussion on Joint Work Package 4

16.15: Georg Schmidt: “Tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance and resistive switching in organic spin valves”

17:00: Till Biskup: “(Time-resolved) EPR on spin-polarised systems – from flavins to organic semiconductors”

17:45: End of session

18:00: Barbecue, sandwiches and drinks

Wed., 27 March 2024 (small lecture hall)

09.00: Jean-Philippe Ansermet: “Overhauser effect”

09:30: Kaustubh Mote: “Spin-diffusion in solid-state NMR”

10:00: Coffee break

10:30: Frank Ortmann: “Spin & charge transport mechanisms in spintronics”

11:00: Matthias Elgeti & Luca Gerhards: “Observer spins”

11:30: Discussion

12:30: Lunch break

13:30-15:00: Meeting of TRR management

13:30-15:00: iRTG afternoon session on spin transfer in molecules: Concepts of movement of any form of spins (e.g. electrons, protons) in physics, chemistry and biology; room for discussing research data infrastructure

15:00-15:30: coffee break & farewell


5 Apr 2024: HYP*MOL colloquium with Mario Ruben

The 3rd HYP*MOL Colloquium will take place at Chemnitz University of Technology on 4 April 2024. The speaker is Prof. Mario Ruben from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) & University of Strasbourg, France. The event will start at 11:30 in Lecture Hall N113, (Reichenhainer Straße 90). All guests are invited to scientific discussions and a small snack & coffee break before the colloquium at 11 a.m. in front of the lecture hall. – Information about the lecture provided by Prof. G. Salvan, Tel. 0371-531-33137.

Nuclear spin states in molecules will be proposed to act as quantum registers for Quantum Computing (QC). We report on the implementation of metal complexes into nanometre-sized spintronic devices by a combination of bottom-up self-assembly and top-down lithography techniques. The controlled generation of magnetic molecular nanostructures will be shown and persistence of their magnetic properties under confinement in Molecular Quantum Devices will be proven. The Hilbert space spanned by the nuclear spins will be engineered synthetically and addressed both electrically and optically, partially at the single molecule level.1-13 Finally, Grover ´s quantum search algorithm will be implemented on the nuclear spin register of a TbPc2 Qudit.10

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[4] R. Vincent et al. Nature 2012, 488, 357-360.
[5] M. Ganzhorn et al. Nature Nano 2013, 8, 165–169.
[6] M. Ruben et. al. Nature Nano 2013, 8, 377–389.
[7] S. Wagner et. al. Nature Nano 2013, 8, 575–579.
[8] S. Thiele, et al. Science 2014, 344, 1135-1138.
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[10] C. Godfrin et al. PRL 2017, 119, 187702
(perspective article by A. Morello Nature Nano 2018, 13, 9-10).
[11] H. Biard et. al. Nature Comms. 2021, 12, 4443.
[12] S. Kuppusamy et. al. Nature Comms. 2021, 12, 2152.
[13] D. Serrano et al. Nature 2022, 603, 241.


8 Mar 2024: Colloquium with Prof. Dr. Nabeel Aslam [EXPIRED]

Single spin qubits in diamond – applied to Nanoscale NMR spectroscopy

The 2nd HYP*MOL Colloquium will take place at Leipzig University on 8 March 2024. The speaker is Prof. Dr. Nabeel Aslam from Leipzig University who is specialized in quantum technologies based on colour centers in solid-state systems. The event will start at 13:00 in the Arthur Hantzsch Lecture Hall at the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy (Johannisallee 29). Cookies, coffee and drinks are available beforehand.

Single Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond can detect nuclear spins in the nanometer range. This enables NMR spectroscopy of individual molecules and surfaces and is therefore  promising for applications in biochemistry, biomedicine and materials science. In this talk, some recent advances in NV-based nanoscale NMR will be presented and possible applications will be discussed.


13-14 Mar: Interdisciplinary Symposium for Women in STEM Fields (ISINA) in Chemnitz [EXPIRED]

In March, Chemnitz University of Technology offers a platform for young female scientists and students together with female scientists in leading positions to exchange ideas about STEM research across disciplines. This format, called ISINA, has been held annually in Chemnitz since 2014. The initiators are sensor technology researcher Prof. Olfa Kanoun and Karla Kebsch (Equality Commissioner of TUC). The program includes lectures, workshops and further networking opportunities.


Thomas Wiegand elected GDCh chairman of the Aachen Local Section

HYP*MOL project leader Thomas Wiegand (project A2) has been elected Chairman of the Aachen Local Section of the German Chemica Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh). The election was held on January 9. We congratulate our expert for Magnetic Resonance of Complex Materials and Catalysts on this good news.

The GDCh comprises a total of 60 local sections throughout Germany. HYP*MOL member Michael Sommer (project B5), for example, is Chairman in Chemnitz.


2 Feb 2024: HYP*MOL colloquium with Dr. John Jolliffe [EXPIRED]

Introducing Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) & how they can support you with generating & publishing FAIR data

The 1st HYP*MOL Colloquium will take place at Chemnitz University of Technology on 2 February 2024. The speaker is Dr John Jolliffe from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The event will start at 1 p.m. in room N113 and will be held in hybrid form.

Dr. John Jolliffe from NFDI4Chem (National Research Data Infrastructure for Chemistry in Germany) will give an introduction to electronic lab notebooks: What are they? Why are they important? How can they help you make your data FAIR (now increasingly a requirement of journals and funders)? How to choose the right ELN? There will also be a general introduction to the free open source ELN Chemotion and its LabIMotion extension for interdisciplinary workflows.


Kirill Monakhov on revolutionary hybrid semiconductors in the current “Bunsen-Magazin”

Our project leader Kirill Monakhov is featured in the January issue of the Bunsen Magazine, published by the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry, and reports on exciting approaches for the synthesis of high-tech semiconductors based on polyoxometalates (POMs). Exciting techniques such as STM-machined graffiti are used here in a fascinating way. You are welcome to read the article under the following link.


HYP*MOL kick-off meeting from 29 November to 2 December 2023 in Chemnitz

The first HYP*MOL meeting also served as a kick-off and was initially heralded with a ceremony in Chemnitz. The multi-day event was then used for project presentations, elections of the Managing Board and new members as well as for courses on awareness, good scientific practice and further topics. The project leaders, doctoral students, postdocs and other associated contributors got to know each other in detail in the lecture building and physics building at Chemnitz University of Technology. The consortium is looking forward to the coming years of fruitful collaboration.

Photo: Niklas Schindler