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Alumni of the Breugst Group

We are very grateful to our former colleagues and students and thank them for their hard work in the Breugst group.

Graduate Students

Dr. Julie Pieper gen. Schmauck (PhD in 2019)
Julie studied chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany. During her master’s programme she spent 3 months in Graz, Austria working on biocatalysis. She did her Master thesis at the Imperial College London, UK working on ion solubility in ionic liquids using computational methods and received her Master’s degree in Cologne in 2015. In 2015 she joined Martin Breugst's research group as a graduate student and is the recipient of the 2016 Hoechst Doktorandenstipendium. She successfully completed her PhD in the Breugst group in April 2019.

Publications with the Breugst Group:

Philicity of Acetonyl and Benzoyl Radicals: a Comparative Experimental and Computational Study
R. H. Verschueren, J. Schmauck, M. S. Perryman, H.-L. Yue, J. Riegger, B. Schweitzer-Chaput, M. Breugst, M. Klussmann, Chem. Eur. J., 2019, 25, 9088–9097.

Katalyse mit elektrophilen Phosphoniumionen
J. Schmauck, M. Breugst, Nachr. Chem., 2018, 66, 862.

The potential of pnicogen bonding for catalysis – A computational study
J. Schmauck, M. Breugst, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017, 15, 8037–8045.

Novel Noncovalent Interactions in Catalysis: A Focus on Halogen, Chalcogen, and Anion-π Bonding
M. Breugst, D. von der Heiden, J. Schmauck, Synthesis, 2017, 49, 3224–3236.

Highly Enantioselective Allylation of Ketones - An Efficient Approach to all Stereoisomers of Tertiary Homoallylic Alcohols
M. Brauns, M. Mantel, J. Schmauck, M. Guder, M. Breugst, J. Pietruszka, Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 12136–12140.

Dr. Daniel von der Heiden (PhD in 2018)

Daniel studied chemistry at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. After an internship with Boehringer Ingelheim in Vienna, Austria, he received his Master’s degree in Münster in 2014 working on the selective metalation of chlorazoles and imidazolium salts. In 2015 he joined Martin Breugst’s research group as a graduate student and obtained his PhD in April 2018. In May 2018, Daniel furthermore received the Kurt-Alder award for his outstanding PhD thesis.

Publications with the Breugst Group:

Mechanisms in Iodine Catalysis
M. Breugst, D. von der Heiden, Chem. Eur. J., 201824, 9187–9199.

Activation of Michael Acceptors by Halogen-Bond Donors
D. von der Heiden, E. Detmar, R. Kuchta, M. Breugst, Synlett, 2018, 29, 1307–1313.

Novel Noncovalent Interactions in Catalysis: A Focus on Halogen, Chalcogen, and Anion-π Bonding
M. Breugst, D. von der Heiden, J. Schmauck, Synthesis, 2017, 49, 3224–3236.

Reaction Mechanism of Iodine-Catalyzed Michael Additions
D. von der Heiden, S. Bozkus, M. Klussmann, M. Breugst J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 4037–4043.

Origin of the Catalytic Effects of Molecular Iodine – A Computational Analysis
M. Breugst, E. Detmar, D. von der Heiden ACS Catal. 2016, 6, 3203–3212.

Visiting Scientists and Research Assistants

Eric Detmar (BSc in 2015, MSc in 2019)

Eric joined Martin Breugst's group in January 2015 for his Bachelor thesis. After graduation, he stayed in the group working as a student research assistant. During that time, Eric not only worked on different computational projects but also developed a variety of python scripts that  facilitate the evaluation of our computational studies. In March 2019, Eric successfully completed his Master studies.

Publications with the Breugst Group:

Intermediates of N‐Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Dimerization Probed in the Gas Phase by Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry: C‐H⋯:C Hydrogen Bonding vs. Covalent Dimer Formation
M. Paul, E. Detmar, M. Schlangen, M. Breugst, J.-M. Neudörfl, H. Schwarz, A. Berkessel, M. Schäfer, Chem. Eur. J., 2019, 67, 2511–2518.

Carbonyl-Olefin Metathesis Catalyzed by Molecular Iodine
U. P. N. Tran, G. Oss, M. Breugst, E. Detmar, D. P. Pace, K. Liyanto, T. V. Nguyen ACS. Catal., 2019, 9, 912-919.

Cobalt-Catalyzed C–H Cyanations: Insights into the Reaction Mechanism and the Role of London Dispersion
E. Detmar, V. Müller, D. Zell, L. Ackermann, M. Breugst, Beilstein J. Org. Chem., 2018, 14, 1537–1545.

Activation of Michael Acceptors by Halogen-Bond Donors
D. von der Heiden, E. Detmar, R. Kuchta, M. Breugst, Synlett, 201829, 1307–1313.

Origin of the Catalytic Effects of Molecular Iodine – A Computational Analysis
M. Breugst, E. Detmar, D. von der Heiden ACS Catal. 2016, 6, 3203–3212.

Mikk Kaasik (visiting scientist in 2018/9)

Mikk studied chemistry at Tallinn University of Technology. During his Master studies he spent a semester at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In 2015 he received a Master’s degree from Tallinn University of Technology investigating the conjugate addition of a cyclopropylacetaldehyde derivative. In 2015 he started his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Tõnis Kanger on the topic of novel asymmetric catalytic reactions. From October 2018 to June 2019 Mikk joined Martin Breugst’s research group for a research stay.

Bachelor and Master Thesis

Over the years, our group supervised various thesis work and we highly appreciate this research contribution.

Bachelor-Thesis

  • Thomas Anklam (2018)
  • Annemarie Berger (2019)
  • Seyma Bozkus (2016)
  • Benedict Braunsfeld (2018)
  • Nadine Dernbach (2018)
  • Eric Detmar (2015)
  • Lukas Neu (2016)
  • Julia Olenburger (2015)
  • Łukasz Osika (2017)
  • Luise Schäfer (2017)
  • André Zenz (2019)

 Master-Thesis

  • Thiemo Arndt (2020)
  • Eric Detmar (2019)
  • Max Hasenbeck (2017, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)
  • Simon Herkenhöhner (2016)