Research interests

  • organic synthesis
  • macromolecular and supramolecular chemistry
  • photochemistry and electrochemistry (molecular switches)
  • materials and nano science
  • surface science

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2012 European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (Consolidator Phase) on Light-controlled and Light-driven Molecular Action
2010 Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank Prize in Chemistry
2005 ADUC Award of the German Chemical Society (Annual Young Scientist Award from the Association of Full-Professors at German Universities)
2004 Top 100 Young Innovator Award of MIT Technology Review
2001 Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
1994–1997 Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hecht 

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry and Functional MaterialsDepartment of Chemistry
Brook-Taylor-Straße 2
12489 Berlin
+49 (0)30 2093-7365
+49 (0)30 2093-6940

Publications (selection)

C. Jurissek, F. Berger, F. Eisenreich, M. Kathan, S. Hecht, External Reversal of Chirality Transfer in Photoswitches, Angewandte Chemie 2019131, 1965; Angewandte Chemie International Edition 201958, 1945.

C.-Y. Huang, A. Bonasera, L. Hristov, Y. Garmshausen, B. M. Schmidt, D. Jacquemin, S. Hecht, N,N'-Disubstituted indigos as readily available red-light photoswitches with tunable thermal half-lives, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 15205.

V. Valderrey, A. Bonasera, S. Fredrich, S. Hecht, Light-activated sensitive probes for amine detection, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 1914.

A. Goulet-Hanssens, M. Utecht, D. Mutruc, E. Titov, J. Schwarz, L. Grubert, D. Bléger, P. Saalfrank, S. Hecht, Electrocatalytic Z→E isomerization of azobenzenes, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 335.

A. Fuhrmann, R. Göstl, R. Wendt, J. Kötteritzsch, M. D. Hager, U. S. Schubert, K. Brademann-Jock, A. F. Thünemann, U. Nöchel, M. Behl, S. Hecht, Conditional repair by locally switching the thermal healing capability of dynamic covalent polymers with light, Nature Communications 2016, 7, 13623.

M. Kathan, P. Kovaˇrícˇek, C. Jurissek, A. Senf, A. Dallmann, A. F. Thünemann, S. Hecht, Remote-controlling imine exchange kinetics with photoswitches to modulate self-healing in polysiloxane networks by light, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2016, 55, 13882–13886.

S. Fredrich, R. Göstl, M. Herder, L. Grubert, S. Hecht, Switching diarylethenes reliably in both directions with visible light, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2016, 55, 1208.

M. Herder, B. Schmidt, L. Grubert, M. Pätzel, J. Schwarz, S. Hecht, Improving the fatigue resistance of diarylethene switches, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137, 2738.

R. Göstl, S. Hecht, Controlling covalent connection and disconnection by light, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2014, 53, 8784.

D. Bléger, J. Schwarz, A. M. Brouwer, S. Hecht, o-fluoroazobenzenes as readily synthesized photoswitches offering nearly quantitative two-way isomerization with visible light, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012, 134, 20597.

L. Grill, M. Dyer, L. Lafferentz, M. Persson, M. V. Peters, S. Hecht, Construction of covalently bound molecular nano-architectures, Nature Nanotechnology 2007, 2, 687.


S. Hecht, M. Peters, R. S. Stoll, Photoschaltbare Katalysatoren, 2006, DE102006057612A1.

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