Carbon chemistry at HITS: tremendous potential

2. April 2019

The new junior group “Computational Carbon Chemistry” at HITS works on graphene, one of the most promising materials in modern technology. Group leader Dr. Ganna Gryn’ova develops computer-based tools and concepts for applications in metal-free catalysis and molecular electronics.

Dr. Ganna Gryn’ova is to lead the new junior group “Computational Carbon Chemistry” (CCC) at HITS, starting in April 2019. The group uses state-of-the-art computational chemistry to explore and exploit organic materials, focusing on graphene-based materials, because of their many advantages over conventional inorganic counterparts. Besides being biocompatible, i.e. less harmful to the environment, they are extremely variable in their structures, mechanically flexible and have unique electronic and optical properties. The group will develop computer-based tools and concepts for designing and screening new graphene-based materials and devices with target applications in metal-free catalysis and molecular electronics. Research topics will include the degradation of environmental pollutants, developing the concept of catalysis inside molecular junctions, designing molecular sensors for environmental pollutants, and designing spin-polarised molecular junctions with graphene electrodes.

Ganna (Anya) Gryn’ova studied chemistry at the Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, Ukraine before pursuing a Ph.D. in computational chemistry at the Australian National University, Canberra. She spent her postdoctoral research at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Ganna Gryn’ova was awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship by the European Commission in 2016. “We are very happy to welcome Ganna as new junior group leader”, says HITS Scientific Director PD Dr. Wolfgang Müller. “She is a distinguished researcher working in a tremendously exciting field and an excellent communicator.” As of April 2019, there will be 11 research groups working 

Scientific Contact:

Dr. Ganna Gryn’ova
Computational Carbon Chemistry group (CCC)
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)
Phone: +49-6221-533-241

Press Contact:

Dr. Peter Saueressig
Head of Communications
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)
Phone: +49 6221 533 245

About HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.

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