Our research interests:
- Organic electrosynthesis: method development and mechanistic studies
- Electrocatalysis and electrochemical catalysis
- Organic electrolytes for synthesis and energy storage
- New approaches toward sustainable electrolysis and separation
- Electrochemical CO2 reduction
- Flow electrochemistry
04/2022: Appointment as full professor
Robert is now a Heisenberg Professor at the University of Rostock.
10/2021: Research from the group highlighted on the cover of ChemElectroChem
Nayereh's and Adrian's paper on TEMPO-modified polymethacrylates was selected for the front cover and the cover profile of issue 20.
08/2021: Virtual Workshop "Current Developments in Electrosynthesis & Electrocatalysis"
The workshop was hosted by the Francke Group on August 4 with Song Lin (Cornell University) and Prof. Alastair Lennox (University of Bristol) as guest speakers. Several postdocs and PhD students presented their latest research.
05/2021: New laboratory established at LIKAT
A part of the group is now located at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis.
Arend successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Mechanistic Studies on Catalytic Reactions in Electrosynthesis".
10/2020: Habilitation completed
After the colloquium entitled "The Synergistic Interplay between Electrochemistry and Catalysis", Robert's habilitation procedure has been finalized.
10/2020: Master's thesis successfully defended
With the defense of his thesis entitled "Cyclic Voltammetry Studies on TEMPO-modified Polymethacrylates", Adrian successfully completed his Master's degree. Congratulations!
01/2020: Electrochemistry Gordon Research Conference in Ventura, CA
Robert attends and contributes a talk on "Electrochemical Catalysis and Molecular Rearrangements".
11/2019: New group member from Mainz begins work on dissertation
Welcome to Rostock, Patrick!
05/2019: Defense double feature
Benni and Timo successfully defended their PhD theses. Congratulations!
03/2019: New postdoc starts his research in our lab
01/2019: New postdoc in our group
11/2018: Nayereh starts her PhD project
We wish you a good start and all the best for your future research!
09/2018: Benni and Timo attend the GDCh Meeting "Electrochemistry 2018"
Benni and Timo present their research with poster contributions at the Electrochemistry 2018 in Ulm.
09/2018: Arend and Robert travel to Bologna
Arend and Robert attend the 69th Annual ISE Meeting in Bologna and contribute one lecture each.
08/2018: New postdoc in our group
03/2018: Poster prize awarded at the 51st German Catalysis Meeting in Weimar
Prof. Dr. Robert Francke
Institute of Chemistry
Department "Electrochemistry & Catalysis"
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis
Current research papers
"How to Harness Electrochemical Mediators for Photocatalysis – A Systematic Approach Using the Phenanthro[9,10-d]imidazole Framework as a Test Case", ChemCatChem 2022, accepted.
“Electrochemistry and Reactivity of Chelation-stabilized Hypervalent Bromine(III) Compounds”, Chem. Eur. J. 2022, 28, e202200974.
"Electrochemical Generation of Hypervalent Bromine(III) Compounds"
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 15832-15837.
"TEMPO-Modified Polymethacrylates as Mediators in Electrosynthesis ‒ Redox Behavior and Electrocatalytic Activity toward Alcohol Substrates"
ChemElectroChem 2021, 8, 3837-3843.