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Wolfgang Schmitt
Professor, Chemistry


1999: Diplom-Ingenieur (Chemistry), Technical University Darmstadt (Germany);

2002: PhD, Technical University Karlsruhe(Germany);

2003-2004: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Technical University Karlsruhe and at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (London);

2004-2005: ICYS Fellow, National Institute for Materials Science (Japan)

since Oct. 2005: Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Malik, S. and Ruddock, F.M. and Dowling, A.H. and Byrne, K. and Schmitt, W. and Khalakhan, I. and Nemoto, Y. and Guo, H. and Shrestha, L.K. and Ariga, K. and Hill, J.P., Graphene composites with dental and biomedical applicability, Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 9, (1), 2018, p801-808 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

McCarney, E.P. and Hawes, C.S. and Kitchen, J.A. and Byrne, K. and Schmitt, W. and Gunnlaugsson, T., A Lanthanide luminescent cation exchange material derived from a flexible tricarboxylic acid 2,6-Bis(1,2,3-Triazol-4-yl)pyridine (btp) tecton, Inorganic Chemistry, 57, (7), 2018, p3920-3930 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Soriano-López J, Schmitt W, García-Melchor M , Computational Modelling of Water Oxidation Catalysts, Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, 7, 2018, p22-30 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

Sensharma Debobroto and Vaesen Sebastien and Healy Colm and Hartmann Jens and Kathalikkattil Amal Cherian and Wix Paul and Steuber Friedrich and Zhu Nianyong and Schmitt Wolfgang, CO2 Adsorption in SIFSIX†14†Cu†i: High Performance, Inflected Isotherms, and Water†Triggered Release via Reversible Structural Transformation, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2018, (19), 2018, p1993-1997 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Klein-Hitpaà , M. and Lynes, A.D. and Hawes, C.S. and Byrne, K. and Schmitt, W. and Gunnlaugsson, T., A Schiff-base cross-linked supramolecular polymer containing diiminophenol compartments and its interaction with copper(II) ions, Supramolecular Chemistry, 30, (2), 2018, p93-102 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Healy, C. and Twamley, B. and Venkatesan, M. and Schmidt, S. and Gunnlaugsson, T. and Schmitt, W., Hetero-metallic, functionalizable polyoxomolybdate clusters: Via a "top-down" synthetic method, Chemical Communications, 53, (77), 2017, p10660-10663 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Chen, Y. and Zhou, J. and Vajda, F. and Maguire, P. and O'Connell, R. and Schmitt, W. and Li, Y. and Yan, Z. and Zhang, Y. and Zhang, H., Multi-metallic Hydrate Hollow Structures in Cobalt Hydrate Based Systems, Crystal Growth and Design, 17, (4), 2017, p1568-1573 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Shanmugaraju, Sankarasekaran, Umadevi, Deivasigamani, Savyasachi, Aramballi J., Byrne, Kevin, Ruether, Manuel, Schmitt, Wolfgang, Watson, Graeme W., Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur, Reversible adsorption and storage of secondary explosives from water using a Troger's base-functionalised polymer, Journal of Materials Chemistry a, 5, (47), 2017, p25014-25024 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Byrne, K. and Zubair, M. and Zhu, N. and Zhou, X.-P. and Fox, D.S. and Zhang, H. and Twamley, B. and Lennox, M.J. and DÃŒren, T. and Schmitt, W., Ultra-large supramolecular coordination cages composed of endohedral Archimedean and Platonic bodies, Nature Communications, 8, (15268), 2017 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Lynes A.D, Hawes C.S, Ward E.N, Haffner B, Möbius M.E, Byrne K, Schmitt W, Pal R, Gunnlaugsson T, Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide n-alkyl ester and carboxylic acid derivatives: tuneable structural, morphological and thermal properties, CrystEngComm, 19, (10), 2017, p1427 - 1438 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Marzec, B. and Zhang, L. and Zhu, N. and Schmitt, W., Bio-inspired synthetic approaches: From hierarchical, hybrid supramolecular assemblies to CaCO3-based microspheres, Dalton Transactions, 46, (19), 2017, p6456-6463 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Hawes C.S, Lynes A.D, Byrne K, Schmitt W, Ryan G, Möbius M.E, Gunnlaugsson T, A resilient and luminescent stimuli-responsive hydrogel from a heterotopic 1,8-naphthalimide-derived ligand, Chemical Communications, 53, (44), 2017, p5989 - 5992 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Ako, A.M. and Hawes, C.S. and Twamley, B. and Schmitt, W., Facile adaptation of 1D Mn(ii) chain motifs to form 3D azo-pyridine-based coordination polymers, CrystEngComm, 19, (6), 2017, p994-1000 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Shanmugaraju S, Dabadie C, Byrne K, Savyasachi A.J, Umadevi D, Schmitt W, Kitchen J.A, Gunnlaugsson T, A supramolecular Tröger's base derived coordination zinc polymer for fluorescent sensing of phenolic-nitroaromatic explosives in water, Chemical Science, 8, (2), 2017, p1535 - 1546 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Hawes C.S, Byrne K, Schmitt W, Gunnlaugsson T, Flexible Porous Coordination Polymers from Divergent Photoluminescent 4-Oxo-1,8-naphthalimide Ligands, Inorganic Chemistry, 55, (21), 2016, p11570 - 11582 Journal Article, 2016 URL DOI

Zhu N, Sensharma D, Wix P, Lennox M.J, DÃ"ren T, Wong W.-Y, Schmitt W, Framework Isomerism: Highly Augmented Copper(II)-Paddlewheel-Based MOF with Unusual (3,4)-Net Topology, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2016, (13-14), 2016, p1939 - 1943 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL

Zhang L, Chimamkpam T, Onet C.I, Zhu N, Clérac R, Schmitt W, Anion-directed supramolecular chemistry modulating the magnetic properties of nanoscopic Mn coordination clusters: From polynuclear high-spin complexes to SMMs, Dalton Transactions, 45, (44), 2016, p17705 - 17713 Journal Article, 2016 URL DOI

Chen, Yanhui, Zhou, Junfeng, Maguire, Pierce, O'Connell, Robert, Schmitt, Wolfgang, Li, Yonghe, Yan, Zhengguang, Zhang, Yuefei, Zhang, Hongzhou, Enhancing capacitance behaviour of CoOOH nanostructures using transition metal dopants by ambient oxidation, Scientific Reports, 6, 2016, p20704 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI

Shit S, Nandy M, Saha D, Zhang L, Schmitt W, Rizzoli C, Row T.N.G, Synthesis, crystal structure and fluorescence properties of two dinuclear zinc(II) complexes incorporating tridentate (NNO) Schiff bases, Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 69, (16), 2016, p2403 - 2414 Journal Article, 2016 URL DOI

Chimamkpam T.O, Clérac R, Mitcov D, Twamley B, Venkatesan M, Schmitt W, Structural variation in cation-assisted assembly of high-nuclearity Mn arsonate and phosphonate wheels, Dalton Transactions, 45, (4), 2016, p1349 - 1353 Journal Article, 2016 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Tobin G, Comby S, Zhu N, Clérac R, Gunnlaugsson T, Schmitt W, Towards multifunctional lanthanide-based metal-organic frameworks, Chemical Communications, 51, (68), 2015, p13313 - 13316 Journal Article, 2015 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Lin J.-D, Onet C.I, Schmitt W, Photoluminescent lead(II) coordination polymers stabilised by bifunctional organoarsonate ligands, Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, 16, (2), 2015, 024803- Journal Article, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Chen, Y.H., Zhou, J.F., Mullarkey, D., (...), Coey, M., Zhang, H.Z., Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of ultrafine Co3O4 octahedra, AIP Advances, 5, (8), 2015, p087122- Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text DOI

A. R. Patterson, W. Schmitt*, R. C. Evans*, Lighting-Up Two-Dimensional Lanthanide Phosphonates: Tunable Structure-Property Relationships towards Visible and Near-Infrared Emitters., Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118, 2014, p10291 - 10301 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Zhu N, Lennox MJ, Tobin G, Goodman L, Düren T, Schmitt W, Hetero-epitaxial approach by using labile coordination sites to prepare catenated metal-organic frameworks with high surface areas., Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 20, (13), 2014, p3595-9 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Mahimaidoss MB, Krasnikov SA, Reck L, Onet CI, Breen JM, Zhu N, Marzec B, Shvets IV, Schmitt W, Homologous size-extension of hybrid vanadate capsules - solid state structures, solution stability and surface deposition., Chemical communications (Cambridge, England), 50, (18), 2014, p2265-7 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Mahimaidoss, M.B., Krasnikov, S.A., Reck, L., (...), Shvets, I.V., Schmitt, W., Homologous size-extension of hybrid vanadate capsules - Solid state structures, solution stability and surface deposition, Chemical Communications, 50, (18), 2014, 2265-2267 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

Zhu N, Lennox MJ, Düren T, Schmitt W, Polymorphism of metal-organic frameworks: direct comparison of structures and theoretical N2-uptake of topological - and -isomers., Chemical communications (Cambridge, England), 50, (32), 2014, p4207-10 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

Houston JE, Patterson AR, Jayasundera AC, Schmitt W, Evans RC, Charge-modulated self-assembly and growth of conjugated polyelectrolyte-polyoxometalate hybrid networks., Chemical Communications, 50, 2014, p5233 - 5235 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

Zhang L, Marzec B, Clérac R, Chen Y, Zhang H, Schmitt W, Supramolecular approaches to metal-organic gels using 'Chevrel-type' coordination clusters as building units., Chemical communications (Cambridge, England), 49, (1), 2013, p66-8 Journal Article, 2013 DOI TARA - Full Text

Zhang L, Onet CI, Clérac R, Rouzières M, Marzec B, Boese M, Venkatesan M, Schmitt W, A facile "bottom-up" approach to prepare free-standing nano-films based on manganese coordination clusters., Chemical communications (Cambridge, England), 49, (67), 2013, p7400-2 Journal Article, 2013 DOI TARA - Full Text

Sanchez-Ballester NM, Shrestha LK, Elsegood MR, Schmitt W, Ariga K, Anson CE, Hill JP, Powell AK, Ligand displacement for fixing manganese: relevance to cellular metal ion transport and synthesis of polymeric coordination complexes., Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003), 42, (8), 2013, p2779-85 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text DOI

Zhang, L., Clérac, R., Onet, C.I., Healy, C., Schmitt, W, Towards nanoscopic Mn-containing hybrid polyoxomolybdates: Synthesis, structure, magnetic properties, and solution behavior of a {Mn 6Mo10} cluster, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 10-11, 2013, p1654-1658 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Duke RM, McCabe T, Schmitt W, Gunnlaugsson T, Recognition and sensing of biologically relevant anions in alcohol and mixed alcohol-aqueous solutions using charge neutral cleft-like glycol-derived pyridyl-amidothiourea receptors., The Journal of organic chemistry, 77, (7), 2012, p3115-26 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Breen JM, Zhang L, Clement R, Schmitt W, Hybrid Polyoxovanadates: Anion-Influenced Formation of Nanoscopic Cages and Supramolecular Assemblies of Asymmetric Clusters., Inorganic chemistry, 51, (1), 2012, p19 - 21 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Reck L, Schmitt W, catena-Poly[[[dichlorido(pyridin-1-ium-3-yl)arsenic(III)]-"-chlorido] mono-hydrate]., Acta crystallographica. Section E, Structure reports online, 68, (Pt 12), 2012, pm1437-8 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Zhang L, Clérac R, Heijboer P, Schmitt W, Influencing the symmetry of high-nuclearity and high-spin manganese oxo clusters: supramolecular approaches to manganese-based keplerates and chiral solids., Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), 51, (12), 2012, p3007-11 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Zhu, NY, Tobin, G, Schmitt, W, Extending the family of Zn-based MOFs: synthetic approaches to chiral framework structures and MOFs with large pores and channels, Chemical Communications, 48, 2012, p3638-3640 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text DOI

Breen, JM, Clerac, R, Zhang, L, Cloonan, SM, Kennedy, E, Feeney, M, McCabe, T, Williams, DC, Schmitt, W, Self-assembly of hybrid organic-inorganic polyoxovanadates: functionalised mixed-valent clusters and molecular cages, Dalton Transactions, 41, 2012, p2918-2926 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text DOI

Reck L, Schmitt W, Tetra-butyl-ammonium hydrogen phenyl-arsonate-phenyl-arsonic acid (1/1)., Acta crystallographica. Section E, Structure reports online, 68, (Pt 9), 2012, pm1212-3 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Zhang L, Clérac R, Onet CI, Venkatesan M, Heijboer P, Schmitt W, Supramolecular approach by using Jahn-Teller sites to construct a {Mn13}-based coordination polymer and modify its magnetic properties., Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 18, (44), 2012, p13984-8 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Zhang L, Schmitt W, From platonic templates to Archimedean solids: successive construction of nanoscopic {V16As8}, {V16As10}, {V20As8}, and {V24As8} polyoxovanadate cages., Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133, (29), 2011, p11240-8 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Archer RJ, Hawes CS, Jameson GN, McKee V, Moubaraki B, Chilton NF, Murray KS, Schmitt W, Kruger PE, Partial spin crossover behaviour in a dinuclear iron(ii) triple helicate., Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003), 40, (45), 2011, p12368-73 Journal Article, 2011 DOI TARA - Full Text

Marzec B, Mariyatra MB, McCabe T, Schmitt W, {4,6-Bis[(E)-1-methyl-2-(pyridin-2-yl-methyl-idene-κN)hydrazinyl-κN]pyrimidine-κN}dichloridocopper(II) methanol disolvate monohydrate, Acta crystallographica. Section E, Structure reports online, 67, (Pt 8), 2011, pm1073-m1074 Journal Article, 2011 DOI TARA - Full Text

Onat, CI, Zhang, L, Clerac, R, Jean-Denis, JB, Feeney, M, McCabe, T, Schmitt, W, Self-Assembly of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Polyoxomolybdates: Solid-State Structures and Investigation of Formation and Core Rearrangements in Solution, Inorganic Chemistry, 50, (2), 2011, p604-613 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Walsh, DP, Zhang, L, Kruger, PE, Schmitt, W, Supramolecular Coordination Assemblies Using 2-Aminodiacetic Terephthalic Acid Ligands: K[Ni-II(Hadta)(H2O)(2)]center dot H2O and K[Cu (1.5) (II) (adta)(H2O)(1.5)]center dot H2O, Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 21, (3), 2011, p655-661 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Marzec, B, Mahimaidoss, M, Zhang, L, McCabe, T, Schmitt, W, {4,6-Bis[(E)-1-methyl-2-(pyridin-2-ylmethylidene)hydrazinyl]pyrimidine-kappa N-3,N ',N ''}dichloridomanganese(II), ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION E-STRUCTURE REPORTS ONLINE, 67, (12), 2011, pm1676 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Vijayakumar C, Tobin G, Schmitt W, Kim MJ, Takeuchi M, Detection of explosive vapors with a charge transfer molecule: self-assembly assisted morphology tuning and enhancement in sensing efficiency., Chemical communications (Cambridge, England), 46, (6), 2010, p874-6 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text DOI

Frimannsson, D.O., McCabe, T., Schmitt, W., Lawler, M., Gunnlaugsson, T., Synthesis and crystallographic analysis of short pyridine-based oligoamides as DNA-targeting supramolecular binders, Supramolecular Chemistry, 22 , (9), 2010, 483-449 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Okuda M, Takeguchi M, Ruairc OO, Tagaya M, Zhu Y, Hashimoto A, Hanagata N, Schmitt W, Ikoma T, Structural analysis of hydroxyapatite coating on magnetite nanoparticles using energy filter imaging and electron tomography., Journal of electron microscopy, 59, (2), 2010, p173-9 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text DOI

Schmitt W, Zhang L, Anson CE, Powell AK, Aggregation of dinuclear {Fe2hpdta} units to form polynuclear oxy/hydroxy-bridged Fe(III) coordination complexes., Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003), 39, (42), 2010, p10279-85 Journal Article, 2010 DOI TARA - Full Text

Pelleteret D, Clerac R, Mathoniere C, Harte E, Schmitt W, Kruger PE, Asymmetric spin crossover behaviour and evidence of light-induced excited spin state trapping in a dinuclear iron(II) helicate, Chemical Communications, 2, (2), 2009, p221 - 223 Journal Article, 2009 DOI TARA - Full Text

David P. Walsh, Rodolphe Clérac, Nigel G. R. Hearns, Paul E. Kruger and Wolfgang Schmitt, Modulating topologies and magnetic properties of coordination polymers using 2,2-bipyridine and 5-aminodiacetic isophthalic acid as ligands, CrystEngComm, 11, 2009, p1666-1673 Journal Article, 2009 TARA - Full Text

Peng XS, Jin J, Kobayashi N, Schmitt W, Ichinose I, Time-dependent growth of zinc hydroxide nanostrands and their crystal structure, CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS , 16, (16), 2008, p1904 - 1906 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Breen JM, Schmitt W, Hybrid organic-inorganic polyoxometalates: Functionalization of V-IV/V-V nanosized clusters to produce molecular capsules, ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION , 47, (36), 2008, p6904 - 6908 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

La Spina, G. , Cleìrac, R. , Collins, E.S. , McCabe, T. , Venkatesan, M. , Ichinose, I. , Schmitt, W. , Engineering coordination assemblies of dinuclear CuII complexes , Dalton Transactions , 45, 2007, p5248-5252 Journal Article, 2007 DOI URL

McKeogh, I. , Hill, J.P. , Collins, E.S. , McCabe, T. , Powell, A.K. , Schmitt, W. , Self-assembly of FeIII complexes via hydrogen bonded water molecules into supramolecular coordination networks, New Journal of Chemistry , 31, (11), 2007, p1882-1886 Journal Article, 2007 DOI URL

Y.-H. Luo, J. Huang, J. Jin, X. Peng, W. Schmitt, I. Ichinose, Formation of Positively Charged Copper Hydroxide Nanostrands and Their Structural Characterization, Chemistry of Materials, 18, (5), 2006, p1795 - 1802 Journal Article, 2006 URL DOI

J.P. Hill, Y. Wakayama, W. Schmitt, T.Tsuruoka, T. Nakanishi, M.L. Zandler, A.L. McCarty, F. D'Souza, L.R. Milgrom, K. Ariga, Regulating the stability of 2D crystal structures using an oxidation state-dependent molecular conformation (Hot Article), Chemical Communications (Hot Article, Cover Picture), 2006, p2320 - 2322 Journal Article, 2006 URL DOI

W. Schmitt, J.P. Hill, M.P. Juanico, A. Caneschi, F. Costantino, C.E. Anson, A.K. Powell, Supramolecular coordination assemblies of dinuclear FeIII complexes (Highlited on the Cover), Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., 44, 2005, p4187 - 4192 Journal Article, 2005 URL DOI URL

T. Nakanishi, W. Schmitt, D. Kurth, K. Ariga, Hierarchical supramolecular fullerene architectures with controlled dimensionality , Chemical Communications, 2005, p5982 - 5984 Journal Article, 2005 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

J.P. Hill, W. Schmitt, A.L. McCarthy, P. Karr, M. Zandler, K. Ariga, F. D'Souza, Structures, spectral and electrochemical Properties of N-(Naphth-2-ylmethyl)-appended porphyrinogens (Highlighted on the Cover), European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 14, 2005, p2893 - 2902 Journal Article, 2005 URL DOI

W. Schmitt, C. E. Anson, W. Wernsdorfer, A. K. Powell, Formal encapsulation of [Fe(H2O)6]3+ by dinuclear {Fe2(hpdta)} units leads to a nonanuclear S = 13/2 Fe(III) oxo-cluster showing magnetic hysteresis, Chemical Communications, 2005, p2098 - 2100 Journal Article, 2005 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

W. Schmitt, J. P. Hill, S. Malik, C. Volkert, I. Ichinose, C. E. Anson, A. K. Powell, Thermolysis of a hybrid organic-inorganic supramolecular coordination Assembly: templating the formation of nanostructured fibrous materials and carbon-based microcapsules, Angewandte. Chemie. Int. Ed., 44, 2005, p7048 - 7053 Journal Article, 2005 DOI URL

W. Schmitt, C. E. Anson, J. P. Hill, A. K. Powell, Cation-pi binding of an alkali metal ion by pendant dimethylbenzyl groups within a dinuclear iron(III) structural unit, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 125, 2003, p11142 - 11143 Journal Article, 2003

W. Schmitt, C.E. Anson, R. Sessoli, M.van Veen, A.K. Powell, Biomimetic hydrolytic activation by Fe(III) aggregates - structures, reactivity and properties of novel oxo-bridged iron complexes, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 91, (1), 2002, p173 - 189 Journal Article, 2002 DOI URL

W. Schmitt, C. E. Anson, B. Pilawa, A. K. Powell, Investigation of the hydrolytic build-up of iron(III)-oxo-aggregates, Zeitschrift fuer allgemeine und anorganische Chemie, 628, (11), 2002, p2443 - 2452 Journal Article, 2002 DOI URL

W. Schmitt, P. A. Jordan, R. K. Henderson, G. R. Moore, C.E. Anson, A. K. Powell, Synthesis, structures and properties of hydrolytic Al(III) aggregates and Fe(III) analogues formed with iminodiacetate-based chelating ligands, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 228, (2), 2002, p115 - 126 Journal Article, 2002 URL DOI

W. Schmitt, M. Murugesu, J. C. Goodwin, J. P. Hill, A. Mandel, R. Bhalla, C. E. Anson, S. L. Heath, A. K. Powell, Strategies for producing cluster-based magnetic arrays, Polyhedron, 20, (11-14), 2001, p1687 - 1697 Journal Article, 2001 DOI URL

W. Schmitt, E. Baissa, A. Mandel, C. E. Anson, A. K. Powell, [Al15(O)4(OH)6(OH)14(hpdta)4]3- - A new Al15 aggregate which forms a supramolecular zeotype (Highlighted on frontispage), Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. Eng., 40, 2001, p3577 - 3581 Journal Article, 2001 URL

A. Mandel, W. Schmitt, T. G. Womack, R. Bhalla, R. K. Henderson, S. L. Heath , A. K. Powell, A bioinspired approach to control over size, shape and function of polynuclear iron compounds, Coordination Chemical Reviews, 190-192, 1999, p1067 - 1083 Journal Article, 1999 DOI URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

W. Schmitt, J. P. Hill, Structural studies on hybrid organic-inorganic coordination assemblies, Synchrotron User Report 2004, KEK, High Energy Facility, Japan, 2005 Journal Article, 2005

W. Schmitt, J. P. Hill, Ligand-stabilized aluminium polycations, Synchrotron User Report 2004, KEK, High Energy Facility, Japan, 2005 Journal Article, 2005

W. Schmitt, Organic-inorganic hybrid materials have a bright future, Melting Pot International Edition, 3, 2005, p7 - 8 Journal Article, 2005

Wolfgang Schmitt, Hydrolyse von Eisen(III)- und Aluminium(III)salzen in Aminocarbonsäure-stabilisierten, protischen Reaktionssystemen - Strukturen und Eigenschaften mehrkerniger molekularer Komplexe und vernetzter, supramolekularer Aggregate., 1st Ed., Goettingen, Cuvillier, 2002, 316 pp Book, 2002

Research Expertise


We are developing methodologies for engineering hybrid organic-inorganic coordination compounds. The concept of hybrid organic-inorganic materials presents a means for customizing physical and chemical properties by reducing the dimensionality and by influencing the devolution pattern of classical inorganic materials within organic matrices. This approach allows a combination of the superior properties of inorganic and organic materials. Our investigations include the synthesis, self-assembly and physicochemical characterization of coordination polymers, cluster compounds, biominerals and bioinorganic enzyme models. Key research areas under this purview include gas storage materials (e.g. for hydrogen), catalysis, separation science and magnetic materials. Furthermore, we use coordination polymers as templates for the synthesis of nanostructured materials by thermolysis, pyrolysis and intra-crystal polymerization resulting in organic-inorganic composites, pure inorganic or carbon-based materials.


Bio-Inorganic Chemistry; Carbon nanostructures; Cluster Compounds; Coordination polymers; Crystal engineering; Gas Storage Materials; Hetrogeneous catalysis; Hydro- and Solvothermal Synthesis; Inorganic Chemistry; Magneto chemistry; Materials Technology; Metallo Supramolecular chemistry; Nanochemistry; Nanostructures; Nanotechnology; New materials, supramolecular structures; Organic Chemistry; Supramolecular chemistry; Supramolecular coordination chemistry; Surface chemistry


Awards and Honours

Award of the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie" 1991

Dr.-Anton-Keller-Prize of the University of Darmstadt (TU) 2000

ICYS Fellowship, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan 2004


German Chemical Society (GDCh)