Research and Publications

of Prof. Dr. Maria Wächtler

Research foci

  • Design and functional characterization of hybrid materials based on colloidal semiconductor nanostructures and molecular redox-active systems
  • Exciton and charge carrier-dynamics in colloidal semiconductor nanostructures
  • Processes in thin films of assembles and oriented colloidal semiconductor nanostructures
  • (Time-resolved) spectroscopy

Ongoing projects

„Bioinspired Photoactive Janus-Membranes for Solar to Fuel Conversion“


SFB/TRR 234 CataLight

Teilprojekt B04


Finished projects

„High order harmonic generation in nanodimensional solids“


SFB 1275 NOA

Teilprojekt C04

“Ternary nanoscale hybrid systems for solar-driven overall water splitting”


The German Israeli Foundation


Publication list

Selected publications

18. M. Boecker, S. Lander, R. Müller, A.-L. Gaus, C. Neumann, J. Moser, M. Micheel, A. Turchanin, M. von Delius, C.V. Synatschke, K. Leopold, K.; M. Wächtler, T. Weil, Screening Cobalt-based Catalysts on Multicomponent CdSe@CdS Nanorods for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution in Aqueous Media, ACS Applied Nano Materials 2024, 7, 14146-14153, DOI:10.1021/acsanm.4c01645

17. C. Kasahara, K. Rediger, M. Micheel, P. Liebing, S. Gräfe, S. Kupfer*, M. Wächtler*, Wolfgang Weigand*, Molecular Dyad vs Multi-component Approach – Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution by Combining Oligothiophene Photosensitizers with [FeFe]-hydrogenase Mimics, ChemCatChem 2024, 16, e202400247, DOI:10.1002/cctc.202400247

16.  G. Knorr*, K. Hotzel, A. Chettri, A. Skabeev, M. Wächtler, B. Dietzek-Ivanšić and K. Peneva*, Unlocking the potential of ketocoumarins: efficient photosensitizers for sustainable light driven hydrogen evolution, J. Mater. Chem. A 2024, 11, 23260-23269, DOI:10.1039/D3TA04450E

15.  K. Kumar*, M. Wächtler*, Unravelling Dynamics Involving Multiple Charge Carriers in Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Nanomaterials 2023, 13, 1579, DOI:10.3390/nano13091579, Open-Access.

14.   M. Micheel, K. Dong, L. Amirav*, M. Wächtler*, Lateral Charge Migration in 1D Semiconductor-Metal Hybrid Photocatalytic Systems, J. Chem. Phys. (2023), 158,, Open-Access.

13.   D. Costabel, A. Nabiyan, A. Chettri, F. Jacobi, M. Heiland, J. Guthmuller, S. Kupfer, M. Wächtler, Benjamin Dietzek-Ivanšić, Carsten Streb, Felix H. Schacher and Kalina Peneva, Diiodo-BODIPY sensitizing of [Mo3S13]2- cluster for noble metal-free visible light-driven hydrogen evolution within a polyampholytic matrix, ACS Appl. Mat. Interfaces (2023), 5, 20833-20842,

12.   S. Benndorf, A. Schleusener, R. Müller, M. Micheel, R. Baruah, J. Dellith, A. Undisz, C. Neumann, A. Turchanin, K. Leopold, W. Weigand*, M. Wächtler*, Covalent Functionalization of CdSe Quantum Dot Films with Molecular [FeFe] Hydrogenase Mimics for Light-Driven Hydrogen Evolution, ACS Appl. Mat. Interfaces (2023), 15, 18889-18897,

11.   H. N. Gopalakrishna, R. Baruah, C. Hünecke, V. Korolev, M. Thümmler, A. Croy, M. Richter, F. Yahyaei, R. Hollinger, V. Shumakova, I. Uschmann, H. Marschner, M. Zürch, C. Reichardt, A. Undisz, J. Dellith, A. Pugžlys, A. Baltuška, C. Spielmann, U. Peschel, S. Gräfe, M. Wächtler, and D. Kartashov, Tracing spatial confinement in semiconductor quantum dots by high-order harmonic generation, Phys. Rev. Research 5 (2023), 013128, DOI:10.1103/PhysRevResearch.5.013128, Open-Access.

10. L. Amirav*, M. Wächtler*, Nano Schottky? Nano Lett. (2022), Nano Lett. 22 (2022), 9783–9785, DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.2c04150, Open-Access.

9. T. Rosner, N.G. Pavlopoulos, H. Shoyhet, M. Micheel, M. Wächtler*, N. Adir*, L. Amirav*, The Other Dimension - Tuning Hole Extraction via Nanorod Width, Nanomaterials, 12 (2022), 3343, DOI:10.3390/nano12193343, Open-Access.

8. M. Micheel, R. Baruah, K. Kumar, M. Wächtler*, Assembly, Properties, and Application of Ordered Group II–VI and IV–VI Colloidal Semiconductor Nanoparticle Films, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 9 (2022), 2201039, DOI:10.1002/admi.202201039, Open-Access.

7. K. Dong, T.-A. Le, Y. Nakibli, A. Schleusener, M. Wächtler, L. Amirav, Molecular Metallocorrole–Nanorod Photocatalytic System for Sustainable Hydrogen Production, ChemSusChem, 15 (2022), e202200804, DOI:10.1002/cssc.202200804, Open-Access.

6. A. Schleusener, M. Micheel, S. Benndorf, M. Rettenmayr, W. Weigand, M. Wächtler*, Ultrafast Electron Transfer from CdSe Quantum Dots to a [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Mimic, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 12 (2021), 4385–4391, DOI:10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c01028.

5. C. Kranz, M. Wächtler*, Characterizing photocatalysts for water splitting: from atoms to bulk and from slow to ultrafast processes, Chem. Soc. Rev., 50 (2021), 1407-1437, DOI:10.1039/D0CS00526F, Open-Access.

4. M. Boecker, M. Micheel, A. K. Mengele, C. Neumann, T. Herberger, T. Marchesi D’Alvise, B. Liu, A. Undisz, S. Rau, A. Turchanin, C. V. Synatschke, M. Wächtler*, T. Weil*, Rhodium-Complex-Functionalized and Polydopamine-Coated CdSe@CdS Nanorods for Photocatalytic NAD+ Reduction, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 4 (2021), 12913-12919, DOI:10.1021/acsanm.1c02994, Open-Access.

3. M. Micheel, B. Liu, M. Wächtler*, Influence of Surface Ligands on Charge-Carrier Trapping and Relaxation in Water-Soluble CdSe@CdS Nanorods, Catalysts, 10 (2020), 1143, DOI:10.3390/catal10101143, Open-Access.

2. Y. Nakibli, Y. Mazal, Y. Dubi, M. Wächtler*, L. Amirav*, Size Matters: Cocatalyst Size Effect on Charge Transfer and Photocatalytic Activity, Nano Lett., 18 (2018), 357-364, DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b04210.

1. M. Wächtler*, P. Kalisman, L. Amirav*, Charge-Transfer Dynamics in Nanorod Photocatalysts with Bimetallic Metal Tips, J. Phys. Chem. C, 120 (2016), 24491-24497, DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b09265.

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