School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Professor Dr. Ullrich Scherf

Macromolecular Chemistry


Vice director Wuppertal Center for Smart Materials & Systems (CM@S)


The Scherf group conducts experimental research in the materials science of functional polymers:

  • (Semi-)conductive polymer materials
  • Polymer-based hybrid materials
  • Conjugated polyelectrolytes
  • Microporous polymer networks

Current projects:

  • Polymer/Carbon Nanotube Hybrids
  • Rigid Polymer Helices Conjugated Polyelectrolytes
  • Electrosynthesis of Microporous Polymer Networks


An Organic Borate Salt with Superior p-Doping Capability for Organic Semiconductors.
B. Wegner, D. Lungwitz, A. E. Mansour, C. E. Tait, N. Tanaka, T. Zhai, S. Duhm, M. Forster, J. Behrends, Y. Shoji, A. Opitz, U. Scherf, E. J. W. List-Kratochvil, T. Fukushima, N. Koch
Adv. Sci. 2020, 2001322

Trap-Assisted Triplet Emission in Ladder-Polymer-Based Light-Emitting Diodes.
E. Khodabakhshi, C. Ramanan, J. J. Michels, S. Bonus, D. Hertel, K. Meerholz, M. Forster, U. Scherf, P. W. M. Blom
Adv. Electron. Mater. 2020, 2000082

Ultrafast Single-Molecule Fluorescence Measured by Femtosecond Double-Pulse Excitation Photon Antibunching.
J. Schedlbauer, P. Wilhelm, L. Grabenhorst, M. E. Federl, B. Lalkens, F. Hinderer, U. Scherf, S. Höger, P. Tinnefeld, S. Bange J. Vogelsang, J. M. Lupton
Nano Lett. 2020, 20, 1074-1079 .

Reliably Estimating the Length of the Effectively Conjugated Segment in Ladder Poly(para-phenylene)s.
R. Ammenhäuser, A. Helfer, U. Scherf
Org. Mater. 2020, 2, 159-164

Boosting Oxygen Reduction of Single Iron Active Sites via Geometric and Electronic Engineering: Nitrogen and Phosphorus Dual-Coordination.
K. Yuan, D. F. Lützenkirchen-Hecht, L. Li, L. Shuai, Y. Li, R. Cao, M. Qiu, X. Zhuang, Yi. Chen, M. K.H. Leung, U. Scherf
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 5, 2404–2412

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