Heine Group

Chair for Theoretical Chemistry

The group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Heine investigates properties ultrathin materials with applications in nanoelectronics, MOFs and SURMOFs and also density functional theory method development.

Effective 1 April 2018, Prof. Dr. Thomas Heine is Professor at the Technische Universität Dresden.


Conference "Flatlands Beyond Graphene" 2018 in Leipzig

The international conference "Flatlands Beyond Graphene" will be held in Leipzig from 3-7 September 2018. It is organised by Professor Thomas Heine and his group. Topics of this meeting will be advances in synthesis, characterization and theoretical modeling, and the applications in electronics, energy storage, catalysis and optoelectronics.
Conference website


New two-dimensional COF
In cooperation with scientists from Japan, UK and USA, the development and characterisation of a new two-dimensional COF succeeded. In this COF, carbon atoms are all sp2-hybridized and conjugated. The new material is a semiconductor and exhibits interesting magnetic properties.
E. Jin et al., Science 357 (2017), 673-676
Press Statement (German)

New Magnet Behaviour of Group 5 Metal Dichalkogenides Found
In cooperation with SCM NV, Amsterdam, scientists of the research group report, that based on first-principles calculations, 1S-NbX2 with sulfur, selenium and tellurium as chalkogenide component behave different than all other known dichalkogenides with group 5 metals: these materials aren't paramagnetic indirect semiconductors, but nevertheless they have a NbIV species, they are diamagnetic direct semiconductors. They also show high carrier mobility, so they are promising materials for electronic and optoelectronic applications. First results also show, that isoelectronic 1S-TaS2 has the same properties
Y. Ma et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 56 (2017), 10214
Press Statement (German)

Dr. Yu Jing - Picture: Swen Reichhold/University Leipzig

Yu Jing Receives Prestigious Grant
Dr. Yu Jing, young scientist in the group of Professor Thomas Heine, received the Marie-Sklodovska-Curie grant of the European Union. For two years, her research about covalent organic frameworks (COF) is supported. These compounds could be used as catalysts for the production of hydrogen from water using sunlight. Aim of her research is to find suitable COFs and to optimise these.
Press Statement

last modified: 22.10.2018


Head of the Group
Professor Thomas Heine
Room 041
Philipp-Rosenthal-Strasse 31
D-04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-36401

Kerstin Schleinitz
Linnéstrasse 2
D-04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-36500
Fax: +49 341 97-36399

Mailing Adress
Leipzig University
Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Linnéstrasse 2
D-04103 Leipzig