Dr. Frank Biedermann

Dr. Frank Biedermann is the group leader of the Emmy Noether research entity at the Insitute of Nanotechnology.Dr. Frank Biedermann - Group Leader


Phone: 0049-(0)721/608-26341

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Office: 0-207

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen






  • 09/2016 – now: Emmy Noeter fellow at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Institute for Nanotechnology (INT),

  • 12/2014 – 08/2016: Postdoc, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Institute for Nanotechnology (INT), with Prof. Dr. L. De Cola

  • 12/2013 – 11/2014: Postdoc, Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, Strasbourg, with Prof. Dr. L. De Cola

  • 10/2012 – 11/2013: Postdoc, Jacobs University Bremen, with Prof. Dr. W. M. Nau

  • 10/2008 – 10/2012: PhD in Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK, with Dr. O. A. Scherman

  • 10/2007 – 06/2008 Part III course in Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 10/2006 – 06/2007 Part-time studies Physics (1. and 2. semester), TU Kaiserslautern

  • 10/2004 – 08/2007 B. Sc., Universität Leipzig

Selected Publications

  1. Platinum Complex Assemblies as Luminescent Probes and Tags for Drugs and Toxins in Water S. Sinn, F. Biedermann*, L. De Cola*, Chem. Eur. J. 2017231965–1971. 
  2. Experimental Binding Energies in Supramolecular Complexes  F. Biedermann*, H.-J. Schneider*, Chem. Rev. 2016116, 5216-5300. 
  3. Nanomolar Binding of Steroids to Cucurbit[n]urils: Selectivity and Applications  A. I. Lazar; F. Biedermann*; K. R. Mustafina; K. I. Assaf; A. Hennig; W. M. Nau J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016138, 13022-13029. (Highlighted in local newspaper) 
  4. Associative chemosensing by fluorescent macrocycle–dye complexes–a versatile enzyme assay platform beyond indicator displacement F. Biedermann*, D. Hathazi, W.M. Nau*, Chem. Commun201551, 4977-4980. 
  5. The Hydrophobic Effect Revisited—Studies with Supramolecular Complexes Imply High?Energy Water as a Noncovalent Driving Force F. Biedermann*, W.M. Nau*, H.-J. Schneider*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed2014, 53, 11158–11171. 
  6. Noncovalent chirality sensing ensembles for the detection and reaction monitoring of amino acids, peptides, proteins, and aromatic Drugs F. Biedermann*, W.M. Nau*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 5694-5699. 
  7. Mechanically strong, fluorescent hydrogels from zwitterionic, fully ?-conjugated polymers  E. Elmalem, Frank Biedermann*, M. R. J. Scherer, A. Koutsioubas, C. Toprakcioglu, G. Biffi, W. T. S. Huck*, Chem Commun2014, 50, 8930–8933. 
  8. Cucurbit[8]uril and blue-box: high-energy water release overwhelms electrostatic interactions F. Biedermann*, M. Vendruscolo, O. A. Scherman, A. De Simone, W. M. Nau, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 14879-14888. 
  9. Release of high-energy water as an essential driving force for the high-affinity binding of cucurbit[n]urils  F. Biedermann, V. D. Uzunova, O. A. Scherman, W. M. Nau, A. De Simone, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2012, 134, 15318-15323. 
  10. Strongly fluorescent, switchable perylene bis (diimide) host–guest complexes with cucurbit[8]uril in water  F. Biedermann, E. Elmalem, I. Ghosh, W. M. Nau, O. A. Scherman, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2012 51, 7739-7743


  • Highly selective artificial neurotransmitter receptors (2015)

  • Chiralitätsdetektion mit achiralen Wirt-Gast Sensoren (2014)

  • Cucurbituril-based hydrogels (2013)