Sophie Müller


PhD Student


HCI G-316


+41-44-632 2636


Sophie Müller



Study of Chemistry at Technical University of Dresden (TUD), Germany.


Study of Chemistry at the European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Material Science (ECPM), Strasbourg, France.


Internship at Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel, Switzerland.


Diploma Thesis with Prof. Dr. P. Metz, Dresden, Germany.


Diplom-Chemiker (TU Dresden, Germany), diplome d'ingénieurs (ECPM, Strasbourg, France.

since 2009:

Graduate Student with F. Diederich, ETH Zurich.

A New Platform for Self-assembly and Construction of Chiral Molecular Gears

Switching of functional molecular properties via conformational changes is a common concept in nature. Inspired by common biological systems such as ATP synthase and the work of Feringa towards a photodriven unidirectional molecular rotor, the controlled conversion of energy into unidirectional rotary motion is still a challenging research topic. Only a few examples of switches and rotors have been investigated on surfaces and their motion remains still non-directional. Unidirectional motion requires molecular gearing, which can be introduced by chiral, non-racemic environment. With the goal of producing nanometer-scale machines, we intend to generate a new facially segregated platform.

Last update: Dec. 2009.