Innovation Center Prof. Dr. Jan J. Weigand

Sustainable molecular chemistry and recycling

The Innovation Centre for Sustainable Molecular Chemistry and Recycling is engaged in modern aspects of sustainable chemistry in general. The various fields of research focus on resource-saving concepts in synthesis chemistry as well as in extraction/recovery and catalyst development. This includes the development of sustainable concepts for the synthesis of main group element compounds and the application of multifunctional ligands for binding and extracting critical elements.

In addition, the Innovation Centre has a diverse pool of analytical methods for the identification and characterisation of molecular compounds as well as qualitative and quantitative element analysis - see more in the expertise section.

Prof. Jan J. Weigand Portrait


Prof. Dr. Jan J. Weigand

Dresden University of Technology
Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Professorship for Inorganic Molecular Chemistry
Mommsenstraße 4
01069 Dresden

Short Vita

  • 2002 diploma in chemistry
  • 2005 promotion (Dr. rer nat.) at LMU in Munich
  • 2005 obtained a Lynen Scholarship from the AvH foundation for postdoctoral research at Dalhousie University in Halifax (Canada)
  • 2007-2012 habilitation at WWU Münster
  • since 2013 Professor at the TU Dresden
  • 2015 takeover of the speciality Industrial Chemistry
  • since 2018 Vice Dean of International Affairs of the School of Science
  • since 2019 Dean of Studies of Chemistry and Food Chemistry
  • 2005 awarded with the Bavarian culture prize
  • 2007 awarded with the Liebig scholarship of the FCI
  • 2011 awarded with the Wöhler research award for young scientist.
  • 2012 awarded with the “ERC starting grant” of the EC (European council)
  • since 2015 Chairman of the local association of GDCh (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker) in Dresden


  • Utilisation of primary and secondary resources in synthesis
  • Recycling and recovery of critical elements
  • Laboratory-scale test reactors
  • Synthesis planning
  • Syntheses in the absence of moisture and oxygen
  • Microwave synthesis
  • Equipment for chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS, UHPLC-MS)
  • Equipment for elemental analysis (ICP-OES)
  • Elemental analysis
  • X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF)
  • NMR spectroscopy (heteronuclear)
  • Single crystal X-ray diffractometer (SC-XRD)
  • IR / Raman spectroscopy
  • UV-Vis spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Equipment for physisorption
  • Equipment for thermogravimetric analyses (TGA, STA)
  • Extraction with supercritical CO2 (SCO2)
  • Various batch reactors
  • Planetary mill (for mechanochemical reactions or digestions)
  • Spectro-electrochemical measuring stand

Research and development

  • Development of sustainable synthesis concepts for basic and fine chemicals with a focus on phosphorus-containing compounds
  • Development of organophosphorus compounds for optoelectronic applications
  • Investigations into the activation and functionalisation of white phosphorus (P4)
  • Development of organocatalysts for photoredox reactions
  • Development and application of multifunctional ligand systems in coordination chemistry
  • Extraction for the recovery of high-tech metals (rare earths, precious metals and other strategic elements from various sources in the context of urban mining)
  • Adsorbent development from biogenic residues
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