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The Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC, Lehrstuhl II/Schubert) is part of the Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM) and the Faculty School of Chemistry and Earth Sciences of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena ,Germany. Click here for the group flyer.

New: The world-leading scientific journal 'Nature‘ just published the story of the revolutionary polymer-based redox-flow-battery (21st October, 2015).

Abstract: "For renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric to be effectively used in the grid of the future, flexible and scalable energy-storage solutions are necessary to mitigate output fluctuations. […] For systems that are intended for both domestic and large-scale use, safety and cost must be taken into account as well as energy density and capacity, particularly regarding long-term access to metal resources, which places limits on the lithium-ion-based and vanadium-based RFB development. Here we describe an affordable, safe, and scalable battery system, which uses organic polymers as the charge-storage material in combination with inexpensive dialysis membranes, which separate the anode and the cathode by the retention of the non-metallic, active (macro-molecular) species, and an aqueous sodium chloride solution as the electrolyte. […]" Original publication:

ePrint available: Nature 2015, DOI:10.1038/nature15746

Tobias Janoschka, Norbert Martin, Udo Martin, Christian Friebe, Sabine Morgenstern, Hannes Hiller, Martin D. Hager, Ulrich S. Schubert: "An aqueous, polymer-based redox-flow battery using non-corrosive, safe, and low-cost materials"

Press release Friedrich Schiller University (English)
Press release Friedrich-Schiller-Universiät (Deutsch)

A spin-off company has been created:
Follow also the exciting developments of the earlier spin-off company JenaBatteries:

The laboratory covers a range of research fields between organic synthesis, macromolecular chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, nano medicine, combinatorial material research as well as nanoscience. Significant support is obtained from the DFG, BMBF , State of Thuringia, EU, DPI, NWO, Evonik and the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie.
The laboratory coordinates the DFG priority programme SPP 1568 “Design and generic principles of self-healing materials”. Within the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, the laboratory coordinates the priority research area “Innovative Materials and Technologies” and the ProExcellence programmes ‘NanoConSens’ and ‘PhotoMic’; in addition, the laboratory actively participates in the BMBF "Spitzenforschung und Innovation in den Neuen Ländern" programme "Photonics in Nanomaterials" (PhoNa), the Abbe School of Photonics and the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP).

Currently about 70 members from 9 nations form the vibrant basis of an active research environment, which was documented in 60 refereed scientific publications in 2015; more than 3700 citations in 2015 demonstrate the worldwide impact of the research performed in the laboratory.

The mission of the laboratory is to combine bottom-up and top-down approaches to functional materials from the nanoscopic to the mesoscopic length scale, combined with addressable (smart) features such as self-healing systems and responsive properties. Applications both in the field of photonics/optics as well as life science are currently targeted, in close cooperation with local partners in Jena as well as abroad.


Prof. Schubert belongs to the highest cited chemists and material scientists worldwide


With more than 780 scientific publications, 28000 citations and an h-index of 80 Prof. Schubert belongs to the leading chemists and material scientists. The h-index was devised in 2005 by Jorge Hirsch as an indicator for the impact of scientific research. Following his definition, the h-index of a scientist is the highest number of scientific papers he has published, which have each amassed at least the same number of citations. E.g., Ulrich S. Schubert, with currently an h-index of 80, has published 80 papers which have each received at minimum 80 citations. Link the current pdf File with Chemistry World. In 2014 Prof. Schubert has been included in the ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science.