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April 2024

Welcome to our first internship students at the TU Braunschweig. We hope you enjoy your time in our labs and discover some exciting, new chemistry!

Maria Koutiva joins the group as a new PhD student. Welcome to Braunschweig!

March 2024

Chris talks at the 4th Anatolian Conference on Organic Chemistry. Thanks to the organisers for the invitation to a great conference!

We are delighted to welcome back Martina Lippolis to the group to start a postdoc funded by the Karl-Ziegler-Förderpreis!

Welcome also to Miriem Bacha who joins the group as a technician to provide invaluable support. We are very happy to have you with us!

January 2024

The group has relocated to Braunschweig and is busy setting up the laboratories! We are excited to welcome our first new group member, Dr Daniel Kusza who has joined us from South Africa as postdoc. Welcome and have fun!

Chris is delighted to join the Early Career Advisory Board of Organic Chemistry Frontiers!


Autumn 2023

Chris has been appointed as a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the TU Braunschweig! Hearty thanks to all of the group members, previous and current, for their hard-work which led to this point. The group will be moving in the next months and doctoral positions will soon be available. We all look forward to the next exciting step but will miss colleagues from Aachen!

Many congratulations to Victor who receives a well-deserved scholarship from the Stiftung des deutschen Volkes. Lots of exciting chemistry to come!

Many congratulations to Victor and Martina whose paper on diene/ketone coupling is deservedly published in Angewandte Chemie!

Chris tours through three locations as part of the CRC325 - thanks to all colleagues in Leipzig, Regensburg and Munich for their warm hospitality and interesting discussions.

Chris visits the University of Hamburg to give a talk! Thanks for the invitation to see your institutes and spend time in a wonderful city!

August 2023

We bid farewell to Martina and also to Bea who return to Italy and Spain, respectively to finish their PhDs. Thanks for all of your hard-work and being invaluable members of the group!

Chris has written a report for the Bürgenstock conference with Marc Reid from the University of Strathclyde. You can read all about it here in Chemical Science.

Jingyang, Manuel and Samikshan's paper, in collaboration with our partners at the University of La Rioja, has now been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie! Congratulations to all!

June 2023

Welcome to Beatriz who joins the group for 3 months from the University of La Rioja in Spain to work on an exciting catalysis project. We are delighted to have you as part of the team!

Chris joins the Early Career Advisory Board of JACS Au for the upcoming year.

Chris presents the group's work at the University of Paris Saclay. Thanks to all for a great couple of days!

May 2023

Chris is honoured to have been accepted into the Heisenberg programme of the DFG


Chris was selected as a JSP Fellow to attend the famous Bürgenstock conference in Switzerland and present some of the group's work! Thanks to the organisers for an unforgettable meeting!

Welcome to Niklas Bormann who begins his research internship with Victor!

Our latest review on photo- and electrochemical cobalt catalysed hydrogen atom transfer to alkenes is now online at Angewandte Chemie. Congratulations to Samikshan and Victor.

Huge congratulations to Manuel Barday who has successfully obtained a Walter Benjamin Postdoctoral Grant from the DFG!

April 2023

Chris attends the Karl-Ziegler-Jubiläumssymposium in Frankfurt and is honoured to receive the Karl-Ziegler-Förderpreis. Fantastic day, thanks for the invitation to be a part of it!

Chris pays a visit to our long-term collaboration partners in La Rioja to discuss new and exisiting projects and present the groups' research. Thanks for the invite!

© GDCh/Fotografin: Lina Prehn

March 2023

Chris presents the group's work on photoinduced metal hydride catalysis at the Chemiedozententagung in Dresden.

Welcome to Paco Barie who joins the group for 4 months and Reyhan Güdük who will be carrying out an internship in catalysis. We are delighted to have both of you with us and look forward to working together!

January 2023

Many congratulations to Enrico who superbly defends his doctorate and becomes the first PhD from the group! Thanks to the other examiners. Enrico, we will miss you a lot but best of luck for the future!

Enrico and Victor's work in ACS Catalysis was selected as one of Hepatochem's top 22 photochemistry papers for 2022 and has also been highlighted in Synfacts! Congratulations!

We welcome Martina Lippolis to the group - a visiting PhD student from the University of Camerino. We are really happy to have you here - good luck with discovering some exciting chemistry!


December 2022

Congratulations to Enrico and Victor whose paper in ACS Catalysis is the 2nd most read paper for December.

We say goodbye to Ben Quach who finishes his internship with Nikita and welcome Chae-Hyun Park to the group who will carry out his bachelor thesis with Manuel.

The group celebrated a fantastic 2022 with drinks and dinner. Thanks to everyone for their hard-work, motivation and for making the group such an exciting place to be a part of!

November 2022

Welcome back to Victor who begins his PhD with us just a few months after finishing his master thesis in the group!

Our recent publication in Angewandte Chemie has now been highlighted in OPR&D!

Chris was delighted to take part in the Indo-German week of the young researcher organised jointly by the DFG and SERB. Great to meet counterparts in India and discuss many aspects of science and science policy.

Many congratulations to Enrico and Victor - their work on photoinduced MHAT catalysis has now been accepted for publication in ACS Catalysis.

October 2022

A big welcome to our new group members, Manuel and Samikshan. We are excited to have you with us in Aachen and look forward to discovering lots of exciting chemistry together!

Our recent publication in Angewandte Chemie is amongst the most accessed papers during September 2022!

September 2022

Our latest paper on the role of hidden borane catalysis in chemoselective hydroborations is now online at Angewandte Chemie! Congratulations to Danijela and thanks to Nil and Ignacio for a great collaborative effort!

Chris's summary of the group's work on photoselective catalysis (in German) has been published in Nachrichten aus der Chemie.

Victor does a great job in finshing and defending his master thesis! Thanks for all of your hard work. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the group in a few months!

July 2022

Chris visits the University of Duisburg-Essen to give a talk. Great day - thanks for the invitation!

Chris is delighted to visit the Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry at Göttingen and present the work of the group. Thanks for the invite and a fantastic time!

Danijela and Enrico present their work at the 17th Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium in Naumur.

June 2022

Enrico represents the group at ISCHA-6 in Göttingen presenting some of his work on dual cobaloxime/photoredox catalysis.

Congratulations to Enrico whose work on light-gated alkyne hydroboration is accepted for publication as part of the special issue of Tetrahedron Letters, dedicated to Franziska Schoenebeck on her receipt of the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award.

The group enjoys a long-delayed meal together. What a privelege to work in a diverse team of such fantastic and talented young scientists! 

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May 2022

Welcome to Nikita Vystavkin who joins the group for his PhD! Best of luck, we are very happy to have you here!

Congratulations to Danijela whose PhD Scholarship from the RWTH Aachen is extended for another two years. Great recognition of her hard work and acheivements!

April 2022

Fantastic news for the group as we receive an Exploration Grant from the Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung to explore some new ideas in catalysis!

We welcome Fan Zhang to the group who will work with Danijela for an internship.

Welcome back to Yuqin Shen who rejoins the group for her master thesis!

March 2022

Chris attends his first Chemiedozententagung in person and is honoured to receive the ADUC Prize for 2022! Congratulations to all former and current group members for their hard work that has led to this point!

Great news for the group as we have a new DFG grant approved to fund our photoredox driven cobalt catalysis!

Our Angewandte paper has been highlighted in Synfacts!

February 2022

Chris presents some of the groups research as part of an 'après-midi thématique' seminar at the University of Strasbourg. Thanks to the organisers for the invitation!

Welcome (back) to Victor Mayerhofer who joins the group for his master thesis!

January 2022

Many congratulations to Enrico who wins the flash talk prize from a very strong field at the New Year's Symposium!


He presented a brief overview on our work in the area of photocontrolled cobalt hydride catalysis. You can read more about it in our publications.

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December 2021

Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year to everyone from the Teskey group!


Our latest paper on controlling chemoselectivity with light is now online at Angewandte Chemie! Many congratulations to the whole team for their work on this project.

November 2021

Welcome to Jingyang Qin who joins the group for his PhD funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council! We are looking forward to working with you.

Great news for the group as our DFG proposal on Photocontrolled Cobalt Catalysis is approved. Chris's Liebig Fellowship is also positively evaluated and extended for a further two years.

We say goodbye (for now) to Yuqin Shen and welcome Niklas Polter to the group who will carry out an internship with Enrico.

October 2021

We say goodbye to Kevin Weydert who has completed a masters internship in our group with Enrico and welcome Yuqin Shen for her internship with Danijela!

Best of luck to Liam in his new job back in the UK and thanks for your invaluable contribution to the group. We'll miss you!

August 2021

Welcome to Dr Liam McLean visiting from the Watson group at St Andrews on an AROP scholarship! We are delighted to have you here and look forward to developing some exciting new chemistry.

July 2021

Fantastic to see that our recent publication in Org. Lett. is already amongst the most read articles in the last 30 days!

Dawid Tomczak joins for a research internship - welcome! Melissa Hohenadel finishes her Bachelor thesis - thanks for all of your hard work!

June 2021

Congratulations to Enrico, Christopher and Victor whose work on dual cobaloxime/photoredox catalysis has been accepted into Org. Lett.! Thanks also to Ignacio for the calculations.

Great to hear that our former intern, Yi-Kai Chen, has been offered a place for a masters degree at the EPFL.

May 2021

Our Minireview on using light to modify selectivity of transition metal catalysed processes is now online at Angewandte! Congratulations to Danijela and Enrico for their hard work.

Great news as Danijela is awarded a scholarship from the RWTH for her PhD thesis! Many congratulations - it is very well deserved.

Joel Reuleaux finishes his master thesis and has his defence. Best of luck for the future! Meanwhile, welcome to Melissa Hohenadel who joins us for her bachelor thesis. 

March 2021

Chris presents some of the groups work at his first Chemiedozententagung. Great experience even on the online platform! Looking forward to the next one hopefully being in person.

We also said goodbye to our internship student, Yi-Kai Chen, who heads back to Taiwan. Thanks for all of your hard work! Hopefully see you again soon.

January 2021

Happy New Year to everyone! Chris was delighted to contribute to a C&En News article on some recent work from the Chirik group. Great to see light-switchable mechanisms receiving more attention - an exciting area to be working in!


November 2020

Chris's "After the Paper" blog post describing his journey since the publication of a paper from his postdoc can now be found online here.

October 2020

Two new members join the group. Danijela Lunic will begin her PhD and Joel Reuleaux his Master Thesis. Good luck to both and have fun with your chemistry!

Some new equipment arrives - the group is excited to try out our PhotoRedOx Box and the new light bulbs!

September 2020

Congratulations to group alumnus Frédéric Beltran who begins a postdoctoral position with Prof David Procter at the University of Manchester. We welcome Victor Mayerhofer for a Masters Internship in the group.

August 2020

The second paper from the group is accepted for publication in Angew. Chem.! Congratulations Frédéric, Enrico and Ignacio!

July 2020

A paper from Chris's postdoc time in Vienna is accepted for publication in Angew. Chem.!

May 2020

After a period of COVID-19-enforced absence from the lab, we are back doing research with some extra precautions. We welcome Christopher Weike who joins us for his Bachelor Thesis!

February 2020

The first paper of the group is accepted for publication in Chemistry A European Journal. Congratulations to Enrico and Frédéric for all of their hard work!

January 2020

The group attends the New Year Symposium at the IOC here in Aachen. Enrico presents a poster and gives a flash talk!


December 2019

The first work from our group is now on ChemRxiv!

Chris is a Thieme Chemistry Journal Awardee for 2020!

November 2019

October 2019

Chris is awarded a Young Researcher Award from the MSE profile area at RWTH Aachen.

Work from Chris's postdoc period in Vienna is accepted for publication in JACS!

September 2019

Sarah Esser joins the group for a master's internship. Welcome!

August 2019

Sascha Bindßus joins the group as an apprentice. Welcome!

The group joins the Schoenebeck group for a summer BBQ at the institute.

April 2019

Frédéric Beltran and Enrico Bergamaschi join the group as the first postdoc and PhD student respectively. Good luck with your chemistry and have fun!

March 2019

Chris is awarded a Liebig Fellowship

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