Ori Gidron


Postdoctoral fellow


HCI G-320




Ori Gidron



Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Marie Curie IEF), ETH-Zurich (Prof. François Diederich).


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (Prof. Michael Bendikov).


International Internship Program (FQNRT Fellowship), McGill University, Montreal, Canada (Prof. Dmitrii F. Perepichka).


Ph.D. in Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel (Prof. Michael Bendikov).


M.Sc. in Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel (Prof. Milko E. van der Boom).


B.Sc. in Chemistry, Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, Israel.

Helical Alleno-Acetylenic Oligomers with High Chiroptical Activity

The principal goal of this project is to develop new supramolecular helical cages ("helicages"), based on enantiopure alleno acetylenic ligands. We recently found that these helicages feature an interior cavity shaped by the lean alleno-acetylenic backbones, and various small cyclic guests form inclusion complexes with high selectivity. The intrinsically strong Cotton effect of alleno-acetylenes combined with exciton coupling allows for the chiroptical detection of nonchromophoric, achiral guests in a highly selective manner. Particularly high affinity towards 1,4-dioxane enabled its selective detection at ppm (parts per million) levels. We are currently extending the triple-helicates to systems containing multiple cavity binding sites and will investigate allosteric effects on guest recognition at these sites.



O. Gidron, M-O. Ebert, N. Trapp and F. N. Diederich, Chiroptical Detection of Non-Chromophoric, Achiral Guests by Enantiopure Alleno-Acetylenic Helicages, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201406585.


E. Donckele, O. Gidron, N. Trapp and F. N. Diederich, Outstanding Chiroptical Properties: A Signature of Enantiomerically Pure Alleno–Acetylenic Macrocycles and Monodisperse Acyclic Oligomers, Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 9558.


D. Sheberla, S. Patra, Y. H. Wijsboom, S. Sharma, Y. Sheynin, A. Hayoun Barak, A. Elrazek haj Yahia, O. Gidron and M. Bendikov, Conducting Polyfurans by Electropolymerization of Oligofurans, Chem. Sci. 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC02664K.


O. Gidron and M. Bendikov, Oligofurans – An Emerging Class of Conjugated Oligomers for Organic Electronics. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 2546 (invited Minireview).


O. Gidron, N. Varsano, L. J. W. Shimon, G. Leitus and M. Bendikov, Study of Bifuran Linker vs. Bithiophene Linker for Rational Design of π-Conjugated Systems. What Have We Learned? Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 6256. Selected for the front cover page.


O. Gidron, Y. Diskin-Posner and M. Bendikov, High Charge Delocalization and Conjugation in Oligofuran Molecular Wires, Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 13140.


O. Gidron, A. Dadvand, E. W.-H. Sun, I. Chung, L. J. W. Shimon, M. Bendikov and D. F. Perepichka, Oligofuran-Containing Molecules for Organic Electronics, J. Mater. Chem. C 2013, 1, 4358.


A. Hayoun Barak, G. de Ruiter, M. Lahav, S. Sharma, O. Gidron, G. Evmenenko, P. Dutta, M. Bendikov and M. E. van der Boom, Coordination-Based Molecular Assemblies of Oligofurans and Oligothiophenes Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 8821.


Cristina Capel Ferrón, M. Carmen Ruiz Delgado, Ori Gidron, Sagar Sharma, Dennis Sheberla, Yana Sheynin, Michael Bendikov, Juan T. López Navarrete and Víctor Hernández, α-Oligofurans Show a Sizeable Degree of π-Conjugation as Probed by Raman Spectroscopy. Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 6732.


Ori Gidron, Linda J. W. Shimon, Gregory Leitus and Michael Bendikov, Reactivity of Long Conjugated Systems: Selectivity of Diels-Alder Cycloaddition in Oligofurans, Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 502.


Ori Gidron, Afshin Dadvand, Yana Sheynin, Michael Bendikov, and Dmitrii F. Perepichka, Towards "Green" Electronic Materials. α-Oligofurans as Semiconductors, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 1976. Selected for the front cover page.


Ori Gidron, Yael Diskin-Posner and Michael Bendikov, α-Oligofurans, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 2148.
- Selected as a research highlight by Chemical & Engineering News, 2010, 88.
- Selected for highlighting in SYNFACTS 2010, 5, 0536.
- Research highlight (U. H. F. Bunz, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 5037–5040).


Abhimanyu S. Paraskar, A. Ravikumar Reddy, Asit Patra, Yair-Haim Wijsboom, Ori Gidron, Gregory Leitus and Michael Bendikov, Structure of Rubrene - Planar or Twisted? Study of Substituted Rubrenes, Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14, 10639.


O. Gidron, Oligofurans and Related Compounds, invited chapter in Organic Redox Systems, Ed. T. Nishinaga, Wiley-VCH, in preperation.


M. Bendikov, Y. Sheynin, O. Gidron, Soluble Conjugated Oligomers. PCT Int. Appl. Filed on 17.10.2012, 54pp.

M. Bendikov, Ori Gidron, Oligo- and Polyfurans, Preparation and Uses thereof, PCT Int. Appl. (2010), 83pp. Filed on 26.08.2010. WO2011024171 (A1), US 2012/0209013 (A1).

Last update: Nov. 2014