Chemical Information Processing Group

Group Leader: Martin Elstner
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Martin Elstner was a Ph.D. student in the group of Professor Alexander Schiller at the Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. He studied chemistry and investigated a molecular logic system at the few molecule level using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy in his diploma thesis. Following on, his research focused on the combination of molecular logic elements for the design of complex circuits. For this strategy, Martin further developed a fluorescent boronic acid based sensing system for small (bio)molecules.

Research Topics

Our group aims to develop materials for chemical information processing. Therefore, integration of chemical logic gates into polymer matrices is our main target. Such smart materials can act as active components in micro- or nanofluidic circuits. Therein, they control flows of material and also flow of information.


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  • 2016

  • Sebastian Haefner, Philipp Frank, Martin Elstner, Johannes Nowak, Stefan Odenbach, Andreas Richter, "Smart hydrogels as storage elements with dispensing functionality in discontinuous microfluidic systems" , In Lab Chip, The Royal Society of Chemistry, vol. 16, pp. 3977-3989, 2016. [doi] [Bibtex & Downloads]
  • Philipp Frank, Sebastian Haefner, Martin Elstner, Andreas Richter, "Fully-Programmable, Low-Cost, “Do-It-Yourself” Pressure Source for General Purpose Use in the Microfluidic Laboratory" , In Inventions, vol. 1, no. 2, 2016. [doi] [Bibtex & Downloads]
  • Sebastian Haefner, Mathias Rohn, Philipp Frank, Georgi Paschew, Martin Elstner, Andreas Richter, "Improved PNIPAAm-Hydrogel Photopatterning by Process Optimisation with Respect to UV Light Sources and Oxygen Content" , In Gels, vol. 2, no. 1, 2016. [doi] [Bibtex & Downloads]
  • 2014

  • Martin Elstner, Jörg Axthelm, Alexander Schiller, "Sugar-based Molecular Computing by Material Implication" , In Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Wiley Online Library, vol. 53, no. 28, pp. 7339–7343, 2014. [doi] [Bibtex & Downloads]
  • 2013

  • D Amilan Jose, Martin Elstner, Alexander Schiller, "Allosteric indicator displacement enzyme assay for a cyanogenic glycoside" , In Chemistry-A European Journal, Wiley Online Library, vol. 19, no. 43, pp. 14451–14457, 2013. [doi] [Bibtex & Downloads]
  • 2012

  • Martin Elstner, Klaus Weisshart, Klaus Müllen, Alexander Schiller, "Molecular logic with a saccharide probe on the few-molecules level" , In Journal of the American Chemical Society, ACS Publications, vol. 134, no. 19, pp. 8098–8100, 2012. [doi] [Bibtex & Downloads]
Media Review

radio portrait on Martin Elstner's research by Deutschlandfunk, 'Forschung Aktuell'
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Contact Details

Martin Elstner
Research Group Leader Chemical Information Processing
Fon: +49 (351) 463 39606

Visitor's Address:

TU Dresden, Mierdel-Bau
Nöthnitzer Str. 64