May 2017 - Congratulations to Daniel for successfully defending his PhD thesis. Bravo, Dr. Spitzer!

Apr. 2018 - David's paper on tumor‐associated 2,3‐sialyl‐T antigen based glycopeptide vaccines is accepted for publication in ChemBioChem (read more).

Apr. 2018 - Vanessa is selected as speaker at the Gold 2018 conference in Paris in July.

Mar. 2018 - David will present a poster at the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry Conference in Jena (11th-14th March).

Mar. 2018 - Fritz is awarded an ERP Fellowship (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) to perform his PhD studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with Prof. Javier Read de Alaniz. Congratulations.

Feb. 2018 - David's paper on mannose-decorated multicomponent supramolecular polymers is accepted for publication in ChemBioChem (read more).

Feb. 2018 - Ronja is selected as speaker at the IUPAC Macro2018 Congress in Cairns (Australia) in July.

Jan. 2018 - Prof. Dr. E.W. "Bert" Meijer to present the MAINZ public lecture on Why we cannot make life”, 25th January (18:00), in the chemistry lecture hall C03.

Dec. 2017 - Benedict's paper on a temperature controlled stepwise self-assembly protocol of Au(I)-metalloamphiphiles is accepted for publication in JACS (read more).

Dec. 2017 - Thanks to Ryan Selhorst and Christian Steinmetz from our DAAD-ISAP partners at UMass Amherst for visiting and delivering excellent lectures.

Dec. 2017 - Ronja's collaboration with Kristina Klinker from the Barz group on folding induced supramolecular assembly of peptide-polymer conjugates into nanorods with a protein repellent shell is accepted for publication in ChemComm (read more).

Oct. 2017 - Congratulations to Benedict for successfully defending his PhD thesis. Bravo, Dr. Kemper!

Oct. 2017 - Daniels's work on transient pH- and ROS-responsive hydrogels is accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie (read more).

Oct. 2017 - Patrick's work on investigating the kinetics and fidelity of supramolecular copolymer formation using dynamic lights scattering is published in Macromolecules (read more).

Oct. 2017 - Together with the JCF Mainz and the LOB-project, we are organizing an alumni-evening on the 24th October for the undergraduate student exchange programs of our chemical institutes, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). More information about the program, location and registration can be found here.

Sept. 2017 - We participated at the Mainz 5k Firmenlauf. Well done to the group. Thanks to Wich lab for the pictures.

Sept. 2017 - The group welcomes Libin Wu, who joins us as visiting student from Fudan University, supported by the MAINZ Graduate School of Excellence Guest PhD Program.

Jun. 2017 - Lydia is awarded a Werner Schwarze scholarship from the Evonik Foundation, to support her PhD project on redox-responsive supramolecular materials.

May 2017 - Hien Le wins the second prize in the national competition 'Jugend forscht' in Erlangen for her project on Polymer Origami: Synthesis and Characterisation of Self-Folding Hydrogel Layers, and is awarded a research stay at the University of Rhode Island,USA.

May 2017 - The group welcomes Jacob Van Reet, who joins us as DAAD-ISAP visiting undergraduate student from the University of Toronto.

Apr. 2017 - A fantastic week, packed with exciting lectures and lively poster sessions has just finished. Pictures from the Meijer-Lab / MAINZ Mini Symposium on 'Advanced Materials Through Supramolecular and Macromolecular Functional Systems' can be found here, and pictures of the MAINZ Masterclass on 'Supramolecular Functional Materials' here.


Apr. 2017 - Hien Le wins the first prize in the federal competition 'Jugend forscht' in Ludwigshafen for her project on Polymer Origami: Synthesis of Multi-Responsive and Self-Folding Hydrogel Systems (link to the BASF news release). Hien will present her work at the national competition in Erlangen in May. The German television channel SWR produced a short documentary which will be aired on May 24th.

Apr. 2017 - Benedict will present a lecture and a poster at the ACS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, and will be supported by a DAAD travel award.

Feb. 2017 - The DAAD has approved funding for the International Study and Training Partnership (ISAP) with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which supports student exchanges between Mainz and UMass.

Feb. 2017 - Visiting high school student Hien Le wins three prizes in the regional competition 'Jugend forscht', including the 1st prize in chemistry and the prize for the best interdisciplinary project. Hien will present her work at the federal competition in Ludwigshafen in April.

Feb. 2017 - Vanessa will present a lecture and a poster at the AMN8 conference in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Jan. 2017 - Former student Hendrik is awarded a prestigious Leopoldina Scholarship to perform postdoctoral work with Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Dec. 2016 - The Besenius lab goes 'Kegeln' with collaborators and friends for this year's Christmas party.

Sep. 2016 - Our annual group retreat with great talks, food and wine took place in Siersthal, Northern Vosges Natural Park.


Jun. 2016 - Our group's work on kinetically controlled growth of surface-grafted supramolecular polymers is selected as cover image in Angewandte Chemie.

(28) Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 7265 (Cover)

Jun. 2016 - David wins the Adolf Todt prize of the University of Mainz for his Master Thesis with Prof. Kunz.

Apr. 2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Hendrik Frisch and Dr. Ralph Appel, the first two PhD students to graduate from the Besenius Lab.


Mar. 2016 - Vanessa is admitted to the MAINZ Graduate School of Excellence PhD Program.

Dec. 2015 - Hendrik's feature article on pH-Switchable Self-Assembled Materials was selected for the "Best of Macromolecular Journals, Edition 2016".

Oct. 2015 - The first Besenius group retreat took place in Senheim, on the Moselle river.


Aug. 2015 - Ralph was selected as speaker at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, and will be supported by a DAAD travel award.

Aug. 2015 - Patrick’s and Hendrik’s communication paper on Tuneable pH-Regulated Supramolecular Copolymerisations has been accepted in Polym. Chem.

Aug. 2015 - Hendrik was selected as speaker at the APME 2015 Conference in Yokohama, and will be supported by a DAAD travel award.

Jun. 2015 - The hike through the Rheingau together with the group of Prof. Kunz was a full success.
The pictures speak for themselves.

Mar. 2015 - Ralph won a Poster Award at the 17th JCF-GDCh Spring Symposium 2015 in Münster.

Jan. 2015 - After three and a half years of research at the University of Münster, our group is moving to the University of Mainz.

Dec. 2014 - Hendrik’s full paper on the pH-Regulated Selectivity in Supramolecular Polymerizations has been accepted in Chem. Eur. J.

Nov. 2014 - Hendrik’s feature article on pH-switchable supramolecular materials in water has been accepted in Macromol. Rapid Commun.

Nov. 2014 - Ralph’s paper on tuning the pH-triggered self-assembly of dendritic peptide amphiphiles using fluorinated side chains has been accepted in OBC.

Sep. 2014 - Welcome to Natasha, who has joined the group as a Master ERASMUS exchange student from the University of York.

Sep. 2014 - Hendrik was awarded the RSC Chemical Science Poster Prize at the ISACS15 conference in San Diego.

Jul. 2014 - Hendrik was awarded a DAAD travel grant to attend the ‘Challenges in Nanoscience’ (ISACS15) conference in San Diego in August.

Jun. 2014 - Bene’s paper on the self-assembly of luminescent Au(I)-metalloamphiphiles has been accepted in ChemComm.

Apr. 2014 - Patrick’s paper on the stimuli-responsive self-assembly of EDOT-peptide conjugates has been accepted for a special issue in Chem. Asian J.

Feb. 2014 - Congratulations to Benedict, who has received the Evonik Award 2014 for his Master thesis!
Nachrichten aus der Chemie, 2014, 62, 575. DOI: 10.1002/nadc.201490179.

Jan. 2014 - Daniel Spitzer has joined the group as a M.Sc. student, Welcome Daniel and Good Luck!

Nov. 2013 - Yana and Bene’s mini-review on Au(I)-chemistry has been published.

Aug. 2013 - Hendrik’s work on pH-switchable Supramolecular Copolymers has been published online in Angewandte Chemie.

May 2013 - The 22nd Young Group Leader Symposium in Bio-Organic Chemistry, will take place from 23-25 September in Münster and is open for registration:

Dec. 2012 - Pol has been elected to the ‘Junges Kolleg der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste; see the University of Münster press release.

Dec. 2012 - The 2nd German Symposium in Supramolecular Chemistry, is announced and open for registration:
Link to the press release from the University of Münster.

Aug. 2012 - The University Press Office has visited our labs: Link to the press release from the University of Münster.

Mar. 2012 - New group member Hendrik Frisch has joined the group as a M.Sc. student, Welcome Hendrik and Good Luck!

Sep. 2011 - Pol was awarded a Liebig Fellowship from the ‘Fonds der Chemischen Industrie’ (FCI) to support his research program on supramolecular functional nanomaterials.
Link to the press release from the University of Münster.

May 2011 - Following Pol’s appointment at the Organic Chemistry Institute - University of Münster, a first version of our website goes online.