Functional Materials


Recent Articles

251)     Integrating Bifunctionality and Chemical Stability in Covalent Organic Frameworks via One-Pot Multicomponent Reactions for Solar-Driven H2O2 Production
P. Das, G. Chakraborty, J. Roeser, S. Vogl, J. Rabeah, A. Thomas J. Am. Chem. Soc.2023, 145, 2975–2984

250)    Emerging Materials for Interfacial Solar-Driven Water Purification
S. Cao, A. Thomas, C. Li Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62, e202214391

249)    Covalent organic frameworks
K. T. Tan, S. Ghosh, Z. Wang, F. Wen, D. Rodríguez-San-Miguel, J. Feng, N. Huang, W. Wang, F. Zamora, X. Feng, A. Thomas, D. Jiang Nat. Rev. Methods Primers 2023, 3, 1

248)    Core-Sheath Pt-CeO2/Mesoporous SiO2 Electrospun Nanofibers as Catalysts for the Reverse Water Gas Shift Reaction
A. Nejadsalim, N. Bashiri, H. R. Godini, R. L. Oliveira, A. Tufail Shah, M. F Bekheet, A. Thomas, R. Schomäcker, A. Gurlo, O. Görke Nanomaterials 2023, 13, 485

247)    Programmable Photocatalytic Activity of Multicomponent Covalent Organic Frameworks Used as Metallaphotocatalysts
M. Traxler, S. Reischauer, S. Vogl, J. Roeser, J. Rabeah, C. Penschke, P. Saalfrank, B. Pieber, A. Thomas Chem. Eur. J. 2023, 29, e20220296

246)    Regulating single-atom distance in carbon electrocatalysts for efficient oxygen reduction reaction via conjugated microporous polymer precursors strategy
H. Zuo, Z. Zhao, Y. He, S. Li, X. Li, Z. Cheng, C. Cheng, A. Thomas, Y. Liao Carbon 2023, 201, 984–990

245)     Intraligand Charge Transfer Enables Visible-Light-Mediated Nickel-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions
C. Cavedon, S. Gisbertz, S. Reischauer, S. Vogl, E. Sperlich, J. H. Burke, R. F. Wallick, S. Schrottke, W.‐H. Hsu, L. Anghileri, Y. Pfeifer, N. Richter, C. Teutloff, H. Müller‐Werkmeister, D. Cambié, P. H. Seeberger, J. Vura‐Weis, R. M. van der Veen, A.Thomas, B. Pieber Angew. Chem.Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202211433

244)    Macroscale Conjugated Microporous Polymers: Controlling Versatile Functionalities Over Several Dimensions
W. Zhang, H. Zuo, Z. Cheng, Y. Shi, Z. Guo, N. Meng, A. Thomas, Y. Liao Adv. Mater. 2022, 34, 2104952

243)    Anchoring an Iridium Pincer Complex in a Hydrophobic Microporous Polymer for Application in Continuous-Flow Alkane Dehydrogenation
M. König, M. Traxler, M. Alexander Rudolph, J. Schmidt, H. Küçükkeçeci, R. Schomäcker, A. Thomas ChemCatChem 2022, 14, e2022008

242)    Porous Heteroatom-Doped Carbons: Efficient Catalysts for Selective Oxidation of Alcohols by Activated Persulfate
R. L. Oliveira, K. Nicinski, M. Pisarek, A. Kaminska, A. Thomas, G. Pasternak, J. C. Colmenares ChemCatChem 2022, 14, e20220078

241)    Screening of Heterogeneous Photocatalysts for Water Splitting
M. Schwarze, T. A. Thiel, A. G. Rana, J. Yang, A. Acharjya, A. D. Nguyen, S. T. Djoko, E. M. Kutorglo, M. Tasbihi, M. Minceva, S. Huseyinova, P. Menezes, C. Walter, M. Driess, R. Schomäcker, A. Thomas Chem. Ing. Tech. 2022, 94, 1739–1746

240)     Boosting the performance of Ni/Al2O3 for the reverse water gas shift reaction through formation of CuNi nanoalloys
E. Gioria, P. Ingale, F. Pohl, R. Naumann d'Alnoncourt, A. Thomas, F. Rosowski, Catal. Sci. Technol. 2022, 12, 474-487


















  • 40) “Synthesis of High Surface Area TiN/Carbon Composite Materials with Hierarchical Porosity via “Reactive Templating”
    A. Fischer, Y.S. Jun, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Chem. Mater. 2008, 20, 7383-7389
  • 39) “Synthesis of Ternary Metal Nitride Nanoparticles Using Mesoporous Carbon Nitride as Reactive Template”
    A. Fischer, J.-O. Müller, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, ACS Nano2008, 2, 2489-2496
  • 38) “Everything is surface: tunable polymer organic frameworks with ultrahigh dye sorption capacity”
    P. Kuhn, K. Krüger, A. Thomas, M. Antonietti, Chem. Commun. 2008,5815-5817
  • 37) “From Microporous Regular Frameworks to Mesoporous Materials with Ultrahigh Surface Area: Dynamic Reorganization of Porous Polymer Networks “
    P. Kuhn, A. Forget, D. Su, A. Thomas, M. Antonietti, J. Amer. Chem.2008, 130, 13333-13337
  • 36) “A mesoporous poly(benzimidazole) network as a purely organic heterogeneous catalyst for the Knoevenagel condensation”
    P. Makowski, J. Weber, A. Thomas, F. Goettmann, Catal. Commun.2008, 10, 243-247
  • 35) “Electrospun Silica - Polybenzimidazole Nanocomposite Fibers”
    T. v. Graberg, A. Thomas, A. Greiner., M. Antonietti1, J. Weber, Macromol. Mater. Eng. 2008, 293, 815-819
  • 34) “Tuneable Porosity in Bridged Organosilicas Using Self-Organized Precursors”
    A. Ide. G. Scholz, A. Thomas, Langmuir 2008, 24, 12539-12546
  • 33) “Ionothermal Synthesis of Crystalline, Covalent, Graphitic Carbon Nitride”
    M. J. Bojdys, J. O. Müller, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Chem. Eur. J.2008, 14, 8177-8182
  • 32) “Graphitic-carbon nitride materials: Variation of structure and morphology and their use as metal-free catalysts”
    A. Thomas, A. Fischer, F. Goettmann, M. Antonietti, J. O. Müller, R. Schlögl, J. M. Carlsson, J. Mater. Chem.2008, 18, 4893-4908
  • 31) “Proton conductivity enhancement by Nanostructured Poly(benzimidazole)”
    J. Weber, K.D. Kreuer, J. Maier, A. Thomas, Adv. Mater.2008, 20, 2595- 2598
  • 30) “Toward Stable Interfaces in Conjugated Polymers: Microporous Poly(pphenylene) and Poly(phenyleneethynylene) Based on a Spirobifluorene Building Block”
    J. Weber, A. Thomas J. Amer. Chem. Soc.2008, 130, 6334-6335
  • 29) “High-Surface-Area TiO2 and TiN as Catalysts for the C C Coupling of Alcohols and Ketones”
    A. Fischer, F. Goettmann, J.-O. Müller, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Chem. Sus. Chem. 2008, 1, 444-449
  • 28) “Microporous Networks of High Performance Polymers: The Effect of Elastic Deformation on Gas Sorption Properties”
    J. Weber, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Macromolecules 2008, 41, 2880-2885
  • 27) “Porous, Covalent Triazine-Based Organic Frameworks Prepared by Ionothermal Synthesis”
    P. Kuhn, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 3450-3453
  • 26) “Hard Templates for soft materials: Creating nanostructured organic materials” (Invited Review Article)
    A. Thomas, F. Goettmann, M. Antonietti, , Chem. Mater (Special Issue: Templating) 2008, 20, 738-755


  • 25) “Mimicking Biosilicification: Programmed Coassembly of Peptide-Polymer Nanotapes and Silica”
    S. Kessel, A. Thomas, H.G. Börner, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed 2007, 46, 9023-9026
  • 24) “Adsorption of Pyruvic and Succinic Acid by Amine-Functionalized SBA-15 for the Purification of Succinic Acid from Fermentation Broth”
    Y. S. Jun, Y.S. Huh, H.S. Park, A. Thomas, S. J. Jeon, E.Z. Lee, H. J. Won, W. H. Hong, S. Y. Lee, Y.K. Hong, J. Phys. Chem. C2007, 111, 13076-13086
  • 23) “Exploring Intrinsic Microporosity- Synthesis of microporous soluble poly(imides)”
    J. Weber, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Macromol. Rap. Commun., 2007, 18-19, 1871-1876
  • 22) “Assembly of spherical micelles in 2D physical confinements and their replication into mesoporous silica nanorods”
    A. Thomas, M. Schierhorn, Y.Y. Wu, Galen D. Stucky, J. Mater. Chem.2007, 17, 4558-4562 (Hot Article)
  • 21) “A novel approach towards carbon-Ru electrodes with mesoporosity for supercapacitors”
    G. L. Cui, L. J. Zhi, A. Thomas, I. Lieberwirth, U. Kolb, and K. Müllen, Chem. Phys. Chem. 2007, 8, 1013-1015
  • 20) “One-dimensional porous carbon/platinum composites for nanoscale electrodes”
    G. L. Cui, L. J. Zhi, A. Thomas, U. Kolb, I. Lieberwirth, and K. Müllen, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 3464-3467
  • 19) “Aminated hydrophilic ordered mesoporous carbons”
    M.M. Titirici, A. Thomas, M. Antonietti J. Mater. Chem.2007, 17, 3412-3418
  • 18) “A Direct Synthesis of Mesoporous Carbons with Bicontinuous Pore Morphology from Crude Plant Material by Hydrothermal Carbonization”
    M.M. Titirici, A. Thomas, S.H. Yu, J.O. Mueller, M. Antonietti Chem. Mater. 2007, 19, 4205-4212
  • 17) “Back in the black: hydrothermal carbonization of plant material as an efficient chemical process to treat the CO2 problem?”
    M.M. Titirici, A. Thomas, M. Antonietti, New J. Chem. 2007, 31, 787-789
  • 16) “Mesoporous graphitic carbon nitride as a versatile, metal-free catalyst for the cyclisation of functional nitriles and alkynes”
    F. Goettmann, A. Fischer, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, New J. Chem., 2007, 31, 1455-1460
  • 15) “Replication and Coating of Silica Templates by Hydrothermal Carbonization”
    M.-M. Titirici, A. Thomas, M. Antonietti , Adv. Funct. Mater.2007, 17, 1010-1018
  • 14) “Metal-free activation of CO2 by mesoporous graphitic carbon nitride”
    F. Goettmann, A. Thomas, M. Antonietti Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2007, 46, 2717-2720
  • 13) “Organosilicas with Chiral Bridges and Self-Generating Mesoporosity”
    A. Ide, R. Voss, G. Scholz, G.A. Ozin, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Chem. Mater. 2007, 19, 2649-2657
  • 12) “Growth confined by the nitrogen source: synthesis of pure metal nitride nanoparticles in mesoporous graphitic carbon nitride”
    A. Fischer, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Adv. Mat. 2007, 19, 264-267
  • 11) “Mesoporous Poly(benzimidazole) Networks via Solvent Mediated Templating of Hard Spheres”
    J. Weber, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Macromolecules2007, 40, 1299-1304


  • 10) “Metal-free catalysis of sustainable Friedel-Crafts reactions: direct activation of benzene by carbon nitrides to avoid the use of metal chlorides and halogenated compounds”
    F. Goettmann, A. Fischer, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Chem. Commun.2006, 4530-4532
  • 9) “Chemical synthesis of mesoporous carbon nitrides using hard templates and their use as a metal-free catalyst for Friedel-Crafts reaction of benzene”
    F. Goettmann, A. Fischer, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2006, 45, 4467-4471 (Hot Paper)
  • 8) “A Generalized Synthesis of Metal Oxide Hollow Spheres Using a Hydrothermal Approach”
    M.-M. Titirici, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Chem. Mat.2006, 18, 3808-3812
  • 7) “Synthesis and characterization of highly amine functionalized mesoporous organosilicas by an "all-in-one" approach”
    R. Voss, A. Thomas, M. Antonietti, G.A. Ozin, J. Mater. Chem. 2005, 15, 4010-4014
  • 6) “Nanoparticles and Nanosheets of Aromatic Polyimides via Polycondensation in Controlled Pore Geometries”
    M. Groenewolt, A. Thomas, M. Antonietti, Macromolecules 2004, 37, 4360-4364
  • 5) “Silica nanocasting of simple cellulose derivatives: Towards chiral pore systems with long-range order and chiral optical coatings”
    A. Thomas, M. Antonietti, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2003, 13, 763-766
  • 4) “Replication of Lyotropic Block Copolymer Mesophases into Porous Silica by Nanocasting: Learning about Finer Details of Polymer Self-Assembly”
    A. Thomas, H. Schlaad, B. Smarsly, M. Antonietti, Langmuir2003, 19, 4455-4459
  • 3) “Influence of Spatial Restrictions on Equilibrium Reactions: A Case Study about the Excimer Formation of Pyrene”
    A. Thomas, S. Polarz, M. Antonietti, J. Phys. Chem. B2003, 107, 5081-5087
  • 2) “In situ cyclodextrin-based homogeneous incorporation of metal (M = Pd, Pt, Ru) nanoparticles into silica with bimodal pore structure”
    Y. Zhou, S.H. Yu, A. Thomas, B.H. Han, Chem. Commun. 2003, 262-263
  • 1) “Synthesis and Opto-Electronic Properties of Cholesteric Cellulose Esters”
    A. Greiner, H. Hou, A. Reuning, A. Thomas, J. Wendorff, S. Zimmermann, Cellulose2003, 10, 37-52