Dr. habil. Vladimir A. Azov

Supramolecular Chemistry and Soft Materials

My research interests lie in macromolecular and supramolecular organic chemistry: molecular self-organization, molecular receptors, molecular devices; concept transfer between the supramolecular chemistry and nanoscience, examination of weak interactions in organic crystals; Application of mass-spectrometry for the study of weak interactions in the gas phase.

Curriculum vitae


10/2005-11/2011 Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany, Habilitation, Organic Chemistry

08/1997–12/2001 Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Organic Chemistry

09/1991–06/1996 Higher Chemical College, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, Master of Science, Chemistry  

Professional experience

04/2014–09/2015 Universität Bremen, Germany Interim Professor of Organic Chemistry

01/2012–present Privatdozent (US equivalent: research assistant professor)

10/2005–12/2011 Research Fellow

05/2005–09/2005 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany Postdoctoral Scholar (group of Prof. T. Carell)

01/2002–04/2005 ETH Zürich, Switzerland (group of Prof. F. Diederich), Postdoctoral Scholar

09/1997–12/2001 Emory University, Atlanta, GA (group of Prof. F. M. Menger), Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

03/1992–08/1997 N. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, (group of Prof. N. K. Kochetkov) Research Assistant

Professional Activities

  • 38 publications in refereed journals and 4 contributions to books
  • Article peer review for 15 scientific journals

Research Projects

1. Redox-active molecular receptors with tetrathiafulvalene building blocks

The project is focused on the development of redox-active molecular receptors, with two or more spatially aligned TTF groups comprising a molecular recognition center.

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Binding of electron-deficient guests can be followed with UV/vis spectroscopy.

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2. Molecular devices with orthogonal switching stimuli

The project is aimed at design and synthesis of azobenzene-tetrathiafulvalene macrocycles, which comprise two switching units, electrochemically-active tetrathiafulvalenes and photochemically-active azobenzenes.

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Macrocyclization can be controlled by the configuration of azobenzene (AB) building block, which can be switched photochemically prior to the reaction.

3. Deciphering weak interactions in organic crystals

Analysis of crystal structures of small molecules using modern methods of crystal analysis, such as Hirshfeld surfaces and PIXEL calculation of lattice energies (cooperation with Dr. C. M. L. Vande Velde, University of Antwerp, and Dr. M. Zeller, Youngstown State University).

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4. Interdisciplinary and collaborative projects with other groups:

- Investigation of redox processes in lipid membranes using TTF-modified redox-active vesicles cooperation with Prof. B. J. Ravoo, Universität Münster):

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- Chemical modification of nanoporous gold with functional molecules using click chemistry approach for the construction of functional porous materials (cooperation with Prof M. Bäumer, IAPC Uni Bremen):

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- Comprehensive investigation of the overlooked transformations of acryloyl chlorides

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Teaching experience, University of Bremen

Lectures and Seminars

Bachelor Program: Organic Chemistry 1, Seminars for Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Supramolecular Chemistry

Master Program: Methods and Strategy of Organic Synthesis, Advanced Supramolecular Chemistry and Chemistry of Materials

Practical labs

Basic Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Project Supervision [PDF] (128 KB)

1 PhD, 9 Diploma, 11 Bachelor, 4 Master projects