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M. Schmidt, B. Esser*
"Cavity-promotion by pillar[5]arenes expedites organic photoredox-catalysed reductive dehalogenations"
Chem. Commun. 2021, 57, 9582–9585. DOI: 10.1039/D1CC03221F.


J. S. Wössner, D. Wassy, A. Weber, M. Bovenkerk, M. Hermann, M. Schmidt, B. Esser*
"[n]Cyclodibenzopentalenes as Antiaromatic Curved Nanocarbons with High Strain and Strong Fullerene Binding"
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 12244–12252. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c05251.


F. Otteny, V. Perner, C. Einholz, G. Desmaizieres, E. Schleicher, M. Kolek,* P. Bieker, M. Winter, B. Esser*
"Bridging the Gap between Small Molecular π-Interactions and their Effect on Phenothiazine-Based Redox Polymers in Organic Batteries"
ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2021, 4, 7622–7631. DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.1c00917.


D. Wassy, M. Hermann, J. S. Wössner, L. Frédéric, G. Pieters, B. Esser*
"Enantiopure nanohoops through racemic resolution of diketo[n]CPPs by chiral derivatization as precursors to DBP[n]CPPs"
Chem. Sci. 2021, 12, 10150–10158. DOI: 10.1039/D1SC02718B.

TOC Diketo_DBP-n-CPP               DBP[n]CPP_Cover

V. Perner, D. Diddens, F. Otteny, V. Küpers, P. Bieker, B. Esser,* M. Winter, M. Kolek*
"Insights into the solubility of poly(vinylphenothiazine) in carbonate-based battery electrolytes"
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 12442–12453. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c20012.


M. Hermann, D. Wassy, B. Esser*
"Conjugated Nanohoops Incorporating Donor‐, Acceptor‐, Hetero‐ or Polycyclic Aromatics"
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 15743–15766. DOI: 10.1002/anie.202007024.


B. Esser, M. Hermann
"Buckling up zigzag nanobelts"
Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 209–211. DOI: 10.1038/s41557-021-00642-0.

M. Hermann, D. Wassy, J. Kohn, P. Seitz, M. U. Betschart, S. Grimme, B. Esser*
"Chiral Dibenzopentalene-based Conjugated Nanohoops through Stereoselective Synthesis"
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 10680–10689. DOI: 10.1002/anie.202016968.


G. Desmaizieres, M. E. Speer, I. Thiede, P. Gaiser, V. Perner, M. Kolek,* P. Bieker, M. Winter, B. Esser*
"Dibenzo[a,e]cyclooctatetraene-functionalized polymers as potential battery electrode materials"
Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2021, 2000725, DOI: 10.1002/marc.202000725.


M. Hermann, T. Böttcher, M. Schorpp, S. Richert, D. Wassy, I. Krossing, B. Esser*
"Cations and Anions of Dibenzo[a,e]pentalene and Reduction of a Dibenzo[a,e]pentalenophane"
Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 17, 4964–4970. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202005131.


Y. Ikari, T. Kaihara, S. Goto, M. Bovenkerk, D. C. Grenz, B. Esser*, M. Ferreira, P. Stachelek, P. Data*, T. Yoshida, T. Ikai, N. Tohnai, S. Minakata, Y. Takeda*
"Peripherally Donor-Installed 7,8-Diaza[5]helicenes as a Platform for Helical Luminophores"
Synthesis 2021, 53, 1584–1596. DOI: 10.1055/a-1343-5810.

M. Schmidt, D. Wassy, M. T. González, N. Agräit, L. A. Zotti,* B. Esser,* E. Leary*
"Single-Molecule Conductance of Dibenzopentalenes: Antiaromaticity and Quantum Interference"
Chem. Commun. 2021, 57, 745–748. DOI: 10.1039/D0CC06810A

B. Esser*, F. Dolhem, M. Becuwe, P. Poizot, A. Vlad, D. Brandell*
"A perspective on organic electrode materials and technologies for next generation batteries"
J. Power Sources. 2021, 482, 228814. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2020.228814.


J. Ma, A. Ripp, D. Wassy, T. Dürr, D. Qiu, M. Häner, T. M. Haas, C. Popp, D. Bezold, S. Richert, B. Esser, H. J. Jessen*
"Thiocoumarin Caged Nucleotides: Synthetic Access and Their Photophysical Properties"
Molecules 2020, 25, 5325. DOI: 10.3390/molecules25225325.

M. D. Hager, B. Esser, X. Feng, W. Schuhmann, P. Theato, U. S. Schubert*
"Polymer‐Based Batteries—Flexible and Thin Energy Storage Systems"
Adv. Mater. 2020, 32, 2000587. DOI: 10.1002/adma.202000587.

M. Schmidt, M. Hermann, F. Otteny, B. Esser*
"Calix[n]phenothiazines: Optoelectronic and Structural Properties and Host–Guest Chemistry"
Org. Mater. 2020, 2, 235-239. DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1714295.


P. Acker, M. E. Speer, J. S. Wössner, B. Esser*
"Azine-based polymers with a two-electron redox process as cathode materials for organic batteries"
J. Mater. Chem. A 2020, 8, 11195–11201. DOI: 10.1039/D0TA04083E.


J. S. Wössner, B. Esser*
"Spiroconjugated Donor−σ−Acceptor Charge-Transfer Dyes: Effect of the π-Subsystems on the Optoelectronic Properties"
J. Org. Chem. 2020, 85, 5048–5057. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c00567.


D. Wassy, M. Pfeifer, B. Esser*
"Synthesis and Properties of Conjugated Nanohoops Incorporating Dibenzo[a,e]pentalenes: [2]DBP[12]CPPs"
J.Org. Chem. 2020, 85, 34–43. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.9b01195.
(Highlighted in SYNFACTS as "SYNFACT of the Month": "Synthesis of Conjugated Nanohoops Containing Antiaromatic Units," Synfacts 2019, 15, 1121).


F. Otteny, G. Studer, M. Kolek*, P. Bieker, M. Winter, B. Esser*
"Phenothiazine‐functionalized poly(norbornene)s as high‐rate cathode‐materials for organic batteries "
ChemSusChem 2020, 13, 2232–2238. DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201903168.


F. Otteny, V. Perner, D. Wassy, M. Kolek*, P. Bieker, M. Winter, B. Esser*
"Poly(vinylphenoxazine) as Fast-Charging Cathode Material for Organic Batteries "
ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 238–247. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05253.


B. Esser
"Redox polymers as electrode-active materials for batteries"
Org. Mater. 2019, 1, 63–70. DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-3401016.


J. S. Wössner D. C. Grenz, D. Kratzert, B. Esser*
"Tuning the optical properties of spiro-centered charge-transfer dyes by extending the donor or acceptor part"
Org. Chem. Front. 2019, 6, 36493656. DOI: 10.1039/C9QO01134J.


P. Acker, L. Rzesny, C. F. N. Marchiori, C. M. Araujo, B. Esser*
"π-Conjugation Enables Ultra-High Rate Capabilities and Cycling Stabilities in Phenothiazine Co-Polymers as Cathode-Active Battery Materials"
Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29, 1906436 DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201906436.


R. Hahn, F. Bohle, W. Fang, A. Walther, S. Grimme, B. Esser*
"Raising the Bar in Aromatic Donor-Acceptor Interactions with Cyclic Trinuclear Gold(I) Complexes as Strong π-Donors"
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 17932–17944. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b08823.


F. Otteny, M. Kolek, J. Becking, M. Winter, P. Bieker,* B. Esser*
"Unlocking Full Discharge Capacities of Poly(vinylphenothiazine) as Battery Cathode Material by Decreasing Polymer Mobility Through Cross‐Linking"
Adv. Energy Mater. 2018, 8, 1802151. DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201802151.


M. Kolek, F. Otteny, J. Becking, M. Winter, B. Esser,* P. Bieker*
"Mechanism of Charge/Discharge of Poly(vinylphenothiazine)-Based Li-Organic Batteries"
Chem. Mater. 2018, 30, 6307–6317. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b02015.


M. Hermann, R. Wu, D. C. Grenz, D. Kratzert, H. Li,* B. Esser*
"Thioether- and sulfone-functionalized dibenzopentalenes as n‑channel semiconductors for organic field-effect transistors"
J. Mater. Chem. C 2018, 6, 5420–5426. DOI: 10.1039/C8TC00970H


M. Hermann, D. Wassy, D. Kratzert, B. Esser*
"Dibenzo[a,e]pentalenophanes – Bending a Non-Alternant Hydrocarbon"
Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 7374–7387 (Hot Paper). DOI: 10.1002/chem.201800322

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R. Hahn, F. Bohle, S. Kotte, T. J. Keller, S.-S. Jester, A. Hansen, S. Grimme, B. Esser*
"Donor-acceptor interactions between cyclic trinuclear pyridinate gold(I)-complexes and electron-poor guests: Nature and energetics of guest-binding and templating on graphite"
Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 3477–3483, DOI: 10.1039/C7SC05355J


D. C. Grenz, M. Schmidt, D. Kratzert, B. Esser*
"Dibenzo[a,e]pentalenes with Low-Lying LUMO Energy Levels as Potential n-Type Materials"
J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 656–663, DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.7b02250

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M. E. Speer, C. Sterzenbach, B. Esser*
"Evaluation of cyclooctatetraene-based aliphatic polymers as battery materials: Synthesis, electrochemical and thermal characterization, supported by DFT-calculations"
ChemPlusChem 2017, 82, 1274–1281,  DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201700356

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M. Kolek, F. Otteny, P. Schmidt, C. Mück-Lichtenfeld, C. Einholz, J. Becking, E. Schleicher, M. Winter, P. M. Bieker*, B. Esser*
"Ultra-high cycling stability of poly(vinylphenothiazine) as battery cathode material resulting from π-π interactions"
Energy Environ. Sci. 2017, 10, 2334–2341, DOI: 10.1039/C7EE01473B
(Highlighted in Nature 2017, 549, 339–340).

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J. Wilbuer, D. C. Grenz, G. Schnakenburg, B. Esser*
"Donor- and acceptor-functionalized dibenzo[a,e]pentalenes: Modulation of the electronic band gap"
Org. Chem. Front. 2017, 4, 658-663. DOI: 10.1039/C6QO00487C

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J. Wilbuer, G. Schnakenburg, B. Esser*
"Syntheses, Structures and Optoelectronic Properties of Spiroconjugated Cyclic Ketones"
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2016, 2404-2412. DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201600235

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M. E. Speer, M. Kolek, J. J. Jassoy, J. Heine, M. Winter, P. M. Bieker, B. Esser*
"Thianthrene-functionalized polynorbornenes as high-voltage materials for organic cathode-based dual-ion batteries"
Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 15261-15264. DOI: 10.1039/C5CC04932F


S. Seiffert, B. Esser, J. Thiele
"Trendberichte Makromolekulare Chemie"
Nachrichten aus der Chemie 2015, 63, 336-346.

B. Esser
"Theoretical analysis of [5.5.6]cyclacenes: Electronic properties, strain energies and substituent effects"
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 7366-7372. DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00341E

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M. Bovenkerk, B. Esser*
"Synthesis of Isoindoles By One-Electron Reductions of Dibenzo[1,4]diazocines"
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 775-785. DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201403315

TOC Isoindoles

D. den Boer, M. Krikorian, B. Esser, T. M. Swager*
"STM Study of Gold(I) Pyrazolates: Distinct Morphologies, Layer Evolution, and Cooperative Dynamics"
J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 8290-8298. DOI: 10.1021/jp4014493

K. A. Mirica, J. G. Weis, J. M. Schnorr, B. Esser, T. M. Swager*
"Mechanical Drawing of Gas Sensors on Paper"
Angew. Chem. 2012, 124, 10898-10903. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201206069

B. Esser, J. M. Schnorr, T. M. Swager*
"Selektiver Nachweis von Ethylengas mit Kohlenstoffnanoröhren als Hilfsmittel in der Fruchtreifebestimmung" 
Angew. Chem. 2012, 124, 5851-5855. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201201042
(Highlight in Angew. Chem.:  M. Ding, A. Star, Angew. Chem. 2012, 124, 7755-7756.)

B. Esser, T. M. Swager*
"Detection of Ethylene gas by Fluorescence Turn-On of a Conjugated Polymer"
Angew. Chem. 2010, 122, 9056-9059. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201003899

R. Gleiter*, B. Esser, S. C. Kornmayer
"Cyclacenes – Hoop Shaped Systems Composed of Conjugated Rings"
Acc. Chem. Res. 2009, 42, 1108-1116. DOI: 10.1021/ar9000179

R. Gleiter*, K. Hövermann, B. Esser, A. Bandyopadhyay
"Transannular Ring Closure of a 1,8-Diazacyclotetradeca-3,5,10,12-tetrayne to a Tricyclic System with a Central Cyclooctatetraene Ring"
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2009, 3006-3010. DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.200900193

B. Esser, A. Bandyopadhyay, F. Rominger, R. Gleiter*
"From Metacyclophanes to Cyclacenes: Synthesis and Properties of [6.8]3Cyclacene"
Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 3368-3379. DOI: 10.1002/chem.200802297

S. C. Kornmayer,  B. Esser, R. Gleiter*
"DFT Calculations on Heterocyclacenes"
Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 725-728. DOI: 10.1021/ol8028115

B. Esser, F. Rominger, R. Gleiter*
"Synthesis of [6.8]3Cyclacene: Conjugated Belt and Model for an unusual Type of Carbon Nanotube"
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 6716-6717. DOI: 10.1021/ja801918n
(Highlight in Synfacts: "A Conjugated Belt," Synfacts 2008, 8, 819)

B. Esser, J. A. Raskatov, R. Gleiter*
"DFT Calculations on [6.8]Cyclacenes and CpCo-Capped [4.8]Cyclacenes"
Org. Lett. 2007, 9, 4037-4040. DOI: 10.1021/ol701763b

B. Esser, R. Gleiter*
"DFT Calculations on the Protonation of Two 1,3-Butadiyne Units Fixed in Medium-Sized Rings"
J. Org. Chem. 2006, 71, 5126-5135. DOI: 10.1021/jo060426h


Book Chapters

  • F. Otteny, G. Desmaizieres, B. Esser, "Phenothiazine-based Redox Polymers for Energy Storage"
    in "Redox Polymers for Energy and Nanomedicine, Ed. N. Casado, D. Mecerreyes, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2020.  DOI: 10.1039/9781788019743-00166



  • B. Esser, M. Kolek, P. Schmidt, F. Otteny, P. M. Bieker, M. Winter, "Elektrodenmaterial und Komposit-Elektroden auf Basis eines Polymers und Kohlenstoff" Patent Application No.: DE 10 2017 109 655; 05.05.2017.
  • T. M. Swager, B. Esser, J. M. Schnorr, "Ethylene Sensor" International Patent Application No.: PCT/US2013/031851; March 15, 2013.
  • T. M. Swager, K. A. Mirica, J. M. Azzarelli, J. G. Weis, J. M. Schnorr, B. Esser, "Methods for Deposition of Materials Including Mechanical Abrasion", WO 2013/180801, 05.12.2013.


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