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