Selected Publications

Here you can find selected publications by Alex and the group. The complete publication record of Alexander Pöthig can be found here:


  • "Organometallic Pillarplexes That Bind DNA 4-Way Holliday Junctions and Forks" James S. Craig, Larry Melidis, Hugo D. Williams, Samuel J. Dettmer, Alexandra A. Heidecker, Philipp J. Altmann, Shengyang Guan, Callum Campbell, Douglas F. Browning, Roland K. O. Sigel, Silke Johannsen, Ross T. Egan, Brech Aikman, Angela Casini, Alexander Pöthig*, and Michael J. Hannon*, J. Am. Chem. Soc., asap. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.3c00118


  • "Coordination Polymers Based on Carbazole-Derived Chromophore Linkers for Optimized Multiphoton Absorption: A Structural and Photophysical Study" Sebastian J. Weishäupl, Yang Cui, Simon N. Deger, Hamad Syed, Aleksandr Ovsianikov, Jürgen Hauer,* Alexander Pöthig,* and Roland A. Fischer*, Chem. Mater. 2022, asap. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.2c01525

  • "Recent advances of multiphoton absorption in metal–organic frameworks" Sebastian J. Weishäupl, David C. Mayer, Yang Cui, Pushpendra Kumar, Harald Oberhofer, Roland A. Fischer, Jürgen Hauer,* Alexander Pöthig*, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2022,10, 6912-6934.

  • "Crystal structure of a hexacationic Ag(I)-pillarplex-dodecyl-diammonium pseudo-rotaxane as terephthalate salt" A. A. Heidecker, M. Bohn, Pickl, A. Pöthig*, Z. Kristallogr. -  Cryst. Mater. 2022, asap.


  • "Bimetallic Platinum Group Complexes of a Macrocyclic Pyrazolate/NHC Hybrid Ligand" T. Pickl, A. Pöthig*, Organometallics 2021, accepted  

  • "Investigation of Solvatomorphism and Its Photophysical Implications for Archetypal Trinuclear Au3(1-Methylimidazolate)3" S. Guan, D. C. Mayer, C. Jandl, S. J. Weishäupl, A. Casini, A. Pöthig*, Molecules 2021, accepted  - invited article -

  • "Triazolate-based pillarplexes: shape-adaptive metallocavitands via rim modification of macrocyclic ligands" S.Guan, T. Pickl, C. Jandl, L. Schuchmann, X.-Y. Zhou, P. J. Altmann, A. Pöthig*, Org. Chem. Front. 2021, Advance Article ( - invited article -
  • "Molecular Oxygen Activation by Redox-Switchable Anthraquinone-Based Metal–Organic Frameworks" J. M. d. Carvalho, R. A. Fischer, A. Pöthig*., Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, 7, 4676–4682.
  • "A nitrophenyl-carbazole based push-pull linker as a building block for non-linear optical active coordination polymers: A structural and photophysical study"
    S. J. Weishäupl; D. C. Mayer; E. Thyrhaug; J. Hauer.; A. Pöthig*; R. A. Fischer*., Dyes Pigm. 2021, 186, 109012.
  • "Activation of Molecular Oxygen by a Cobalt(II) Tetra-NHC Complex" Schlagintweit, J. F.; Altmann, P. J.; Boeth, A. D.; Hofmann, B. J.; Jandl, C.; Kaussler, C.; Nguyen, L.; Reich, R. M.; Pöthig, A.; Kuehn, F. E., Chem. - Eur. J. 2021, 27 (4), 1311-1315.


  • "Postsynthetic Framework Contraction Enhances the Two-Photon Absorption Properties of Pillar-Layered Metal-Organic Frameworks."
    Mayer, D. C.;  Zareba, J. K.; Raudaschl-Sieber, G.; Pöthig, A.; Choluj, M.; Zalesny, R.; Samoc, M.; Fischer, R. A., Chem. Mater. 2020, 32 (13), 5682-5690.
  • "Biobased chiral semi-crystalline or amorphous high-performance polyamides and their scalable stereoselective synthesis"
    Stockmann, P. N.; Van Opdenbosch, D.; Pöthig, A.; Pastoetter, D. L.;  Hoehenberger, M.;  Lessig, S.;  Raab, J.; Woelbing, M.;  Falcke, C.;  Winnacker, M.;  Zollfrank, C.;  Strittmatter, H.; Sieber, V., Nature Communications 2020, 11 (1), 509.


  • "Non-Innocent Methylene Linker in Bridged Lewis Pair Initiators"
    M. Weger,  R. K. Grötsch, M. G. Knaus, M. M. Giuman, D. C. Mayer, P. J. Altmann, E. Mossou, B. Dittrich, A. Pöthig*, B. Rieger* Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2019, 58 (29), 9797-9801. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201902833.
  • "Controlling Multiphoton Absorption Efficiency by Chromophore Packing in Metal-Organic Frameworks"
    Mayer, D. C.;  Manzi, A.;  Medishetty, R.;  Winkler, B.;  Schneider, C.;  Kieslich, G.;  Pöthig, A.;  Feldmann, J.; Fischer, R. A., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141 (29), 11594-11602. 
  • "Discovery of Polyoxo-Noble-Metalate-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks"
    Bhattacharya, S.; Ayass, W. W.; Taffa, D. H.; Schneemann, A.; Semrau, A. L.; Wannapaiboon, S.; Altmann, P. J.; Pöthig, A.; Nisar, T.; Balster, T.; Burtch, N. C.; Wagner, V.; Fischer, R. A.; Wark, M.; Kortz, U., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141 (8), 3385-3389.
  • "Recent Developments of Supramolecular Metal-based Structures for Applications in Cancer Therapy and Imaging"
    A. Pöthig, A. Casini*, Theranostics 2019, 9 (11), 3150-3169. 


  • "Antimicrobial Activity and Cytotoxicity of Ag(I) and Au(I) Pillarplexes"
    A. Pöthig*, S. Ahmed, H. C. Winther-Larsen, S. Guan, P. J. Altmann, J. Kudermann, A. M. Santos-Andresen, T. Gjøen and O. A. Høgmoen-Åstrand*, Front. Chem. 2018, 6, 584.
    DOI: 10.3389/fchem.2018.00584


  • "Dimerization of a mixed-carbene PdII dibromide complex by elemental iodine"
    C. Jandl, A. Pöthig*, Acta Cryst. (2017). C73, 1131-1136
    DOI: 10.1107/S2053229617016412
  • "A pH-Dependent, Mechanically Interlocked Switch: Organometallic [2]Rotaxane vs. Organic [3]Rotaxane"
    P. J. Altmann, A. Pöthig*, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2017, 129(49), 15939–15942.
    DOI: 10.1002/anie.201709921
  • "A hybrid Imidazolylidene/Imidazolium Nickel NHC Complex - An isolated Intermediate"
    P. J. Altmann, M. Ehrenreich, A. Pöthig*, Acta Cryst. (2017). C73, 880-884.
    DOI: 10.1107/S2053229617013250
  • "Hydroxytropylium chloride: the first crystal structure of an unfunctionalized hydroxytropylium ion"
    C. Jandl, A. Pöthig*, Acta Cryst. (2017). C73, 810-813.
    DOI: 10.1107/S2053229617013183
  • "A halide-free pyridinium-substituted η3-cycloheptatrienide-Pd complex"
    C. Jandl, S. Stegbauer, A. Pöthig*, Acta Crystallogr. (2017) C73, 754-759.
  • "Rational Synthesis and Electronic Structure of Functionalized Trinuclear Pd-Metal Sheet Sandwich Complexes"
    C. Jandl, J. R. Pankhurst, J. B. Love, A. Pöthig*, Organometallics, 2017, 36 (15), 2772–2783.
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00276
  • "The Ambivalent Nature of Halogenated Tropone Derivatives: Dihalocycloheptatriene versus Halotropylium Halide"
    C. Jandl, D. C. Mayer, A. Pöthig*, Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2017, 29, 4255–4259.
    DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201700692
  • "A Hybrid Carbocyclic/N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligand"
    C. Jandl, A. Pöthig*, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 2098-2101
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CC08468K


  • "Pillarplexes: A Metal–Organic Class of Supramolecular Hosts"
    P. J. Altmann, A. Pöthig*, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138 (40),13171–13174.
    DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b08571
  • "A Pd4Br4 macrocycle trapped by cocrystallization from a highly dynamic equilibrium of η3-cyclo­hepta­trienide complexes"
    C. Jandl, S. Stegbauer, A. Pöthig* (2016) Acta Crystallogr. C72, 509-513.
    DOI: 10.1107/S2053229616008275
  • "Capsoplexes: encapsulating complexes via guest recognition"
    P. J. Altmann, A. Pöthig*, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 9089-9092.
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CC00507A
    - Invited contribution to Emerging Investigators Issue 2016 -


  • "Introducing a pyrazole/imidazole based hybrid cyclophane: a hydrogen bond sensor and binucleating ligand precursor"
    P. J. Altmann, C. Jandl, A. Pöthig*, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 11278-11281.
    DOI: 10.1039/C5DT01775K


  • "Structure and Dynamics of Imidazolium- and Pyridinium-Substituted η3-Cycloheptatrienide-Pd Complexes"
    C. Jandl, K. Öfele, F. E. Kühn, W. A. Herrmann, A. Pöthig*, Organometallics, 2014, 33 (22), 6398–6407.
    DOI: 10.1021/om500738d