Jovana V. Milić

PhD Student

Location: HCI G-320
Phone: +41-44-63-32955
Jovana V. Milić


Oct 2013: Doctoral Candidate with Prof. F. Diederich, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
2013: Research Internship at F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel, Switzerland.
2012–2013: Master Thesis with Prof. F. Diederich, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
2012: Research Project with Prof. E. Carreira, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2011–2013: MSc in Chemistry, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
2010: Research Assistant with Prof. O. Miljanić, University of Houston, USA.
2007–2011: BSc in Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

Photoredox-Switchable Molecular Grippers

Molecular grippers are able to mimic their macroscopic analogues by performing a controlled expansion and contraction in response to external stimuli that leads to reversible encapsulation of smaller molecules. This behaviour enables their utility as sensors, switches, memory devices, or elements in nanorobotics. A prerequiste for the application of these molecular machines in advanced materials and molecular devices is their responsiveness to electrical or electromagnetic stimuli that would permit controlling the gripping motion by voltage or light. We are therefore working on the design, synthesis, and investigation of photoredox-switchable molecular grippers based on resorcin[4]arene cavitands with the aim of developing functional nanosystems of interest to molecular electronics.

Switchable Molecular Grippers


  1. I. Pochorovski, J. Milić, D. Kolarski, C. Gropp, B. Schweizer, F. Diederich. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 3852−3858
  2. J. Milić, M. Zalibera, I. Pochorovski, N. Trapp, J. Nomrowski, D. Neshchadin, Ruhlmann, C. Boudon, O. S. Wenger, A. Savitsky, W. Lubitz, G. Gescheidt, F. Diederich. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2016, 7, 2470–2477.

Last update: September 2016