Current research interests

Synthesis and characterization of pi-extended antiaromatics

A large part of our research efforts is directed towards the synthesis and characterization of unusual pi-systems that contain antiaromatic subunits. Besides the fundamental interest in understanding structure, bonding and reactivity of such polycyclic conjugated systems, pi-extended antiaromatics could be a useful compound class in molecular electronics applications.

Polydopamine-based surface chemistry

Polydopamine is a synthetic polymer inspired by mussel-adhesives that can be simply produced by the oxidative polymerization of dopamine. It is a general adherent, able to stick to essentially any surface. Furthermore, owing to the catechol moieties present in its structure, the polymer exhibits redox activity. Our group is interested in exploiting this polymer in applications ranging from heterogeneous catalysis to photoswitchable interfaces.

Recent publications:

Photoinduced changes in aromaticity facilitate electrocyclization of dithienylbenzene switches

Baswanth Oruganti, Péter Pál Kalapos, Varada Bhargav, Gábor London and Bo Durbeej J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020142, 13941.

Structure-property relationships in unsymmetric bis(antiaromatics): Who wins the battle between pentalene and benzocyclobutadiene?

Péter J. Mayer, Ouissam El Bakouri, Tamás Holczbauer, Gergely F. Samu, Csaba Janáky, Henrik Ottosson and Gábor London J. Org. Chem. 202085, 5158.

Photoswitchable Macroscopic Solid Surfaces Based on Azobenzene‐Functionalized Polydopamine/Gold Nanoparticle Composite Materials: Formation, Isomerization and Ligand Exchange

Attila Kunfi, Rita Bernadett Vlocskó, Zsófia Keresztes, Miklós Mohai, Imre Bertóti, Ágnes Ábrahám, Éva Kiss and Gábor London ChemPlusChem 202085, 797.


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