Publications (peer reviewed)

(10 key publications with CK being corresponding author have been highlighted in gray)


52.) S. Chandra Sau, M. Schmitz, C. Burdenski, M. Baumert, P. W. Antoni, C. Kerzig*, M. M. Hansmann*, “Dicationic Acridinium/Carbene Hybrids as Strongly Oxidizing Photocatalysts” submitted.
(ChemRxiv preprint:

51.) L. Fritsch, Y. Vukadinovic, M. Lang, R. Naumann, M.-S. Bertrams, A. Kruse, R. Schoch, P. Müller, A. Neuba, P. Dierks, S. Lochbrunner, C. Kerzig, K. Heinze, M. Bauer*, "Chemical and photophysical properties of amine functionalized bis-NHC-pyridine-Ru(II) complexes" submitted.

50.) F. Glaser, M. Schmitz, C. Kerzig*, “Coulomb interactions for mediator-enhanced sensitized triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion in solutionNanoscale, accepted.
Raw data sets can be found here.

49.) T. J. B. Zähringer, M. Wienhold, R. Gilmour*, C. Kerzig*,
Direct Observation of Triplet States in the Isomerization of Alkenylboronates by Energy Transfer Catalysis“,
J. Am. Chem. Soc., accepted.
Raw data sets and DFT output files can be found here.

48.) W. R. Kitzmann, M.-S. Bertrams, P. Boden, A. C. Fischer, R. Klauer, J. Sutter, R. Naumann, C. Förster, G. Niedner-Schatteburg, N. H. Bings, J. Hunger, C. Kerzig, K. Heinze*,
"Stable molybdenum(0) carbonyl complex for upconversion and photoredox catalysis",
J. Am. Chem. Soc., accepted. *Preprint*

47.) M.-S. Bertrams, K. Hermainski, J.-M. Mörsdorf, J. Ballmann*, C. Kerzig*,
"Triplet quenching pathway control with molecular dyads enables the identification of a highly oxidizing annihilator class", Chem. Sci., accepted.
Raw data sets and DFT output files can be found here.

46.) M. Wienhold, B. Kweon, C. McLaughlin, M. Schmitz, T. J. B. Zähringer, C. G. Daniliuc, C. Kerzig*, R. Gilmour*, “Geometric Isomerisation of Bifunctional Vinyl Fluoride Linchpins: Stereodivergence in Amide and Polyene Bioisostere SynthesisAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, accepted.

45.) J. Castellanos-Soriano, T. J. B. Zähringer, J. C. Herrera-Luna, M. Consuelo Jiménez,
C. Kerzig*, R. Pérez-Ruiz*, "New Green-to-Blue Upconversion System with Efficient
Photoredox Catalytic Properties
" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., accepted.

44.) M. Ujiǂ, T. J. B. Zähringerǂ, C. Kerzig*,  N. Yanai*, “Visible-to-UV Photon Upconversion:
Recent Progress in New Materials and Applications
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, accepted.
(ǂThese authors contributed equally to this work.)

43.) S. Sittelǂ, A. C. Sellǂ, K. Hofman, C. Wiedemann, J. P. Nau, C. Kerzig*, G. Manolikakes*, K. Heinze*,
“Visible-Light Induced Fixation of SO2 into Organic Molecules with Polypyridine Chromium(III) Complexes“ ChemCatChem, accepted. (ǂThese authors contributed equally to this work.)

42.) T. J. B. Zähringer, J. A. Moghtader, M.-S. Bertrams, B. Roy, M. Uji, N. Yanai*, C. Kerzig*, “Blue-to-UVB Upconversion, Solvent Sensitization and Challenging Bond Activation Enabled by a Benzene-Based Annihilator“ Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, accepted.
Raw data sets and DFT output files can be found here.


41.) T. Riesebeck, M.-S. Bertrams, S. Stipurin, K. Konowski, C. Kerzig*, T. Strassner*, “Cyclometalated Spirobifluorene Imidazolylidene Platinum(II) Complexes with Predominant ³LC Emissive Character and High Photoluminescence Quantum Yields“, Inorg. Chem., accepted.

40.) A. C. Sell, J. C. Wetzel, M. Schmitz, A. W. Maijenburg, G. Woltersdorf, R. Naumann, C. Kerzig*, “Water-soluble ruthenium complex-pyrene dyads with extended triplet lifetimes for efficient energy transfer applications“, Dalton Trans. 2022, 51, 10799 – 10808.

39.) M. Schreier, X. Guo, B. Pfund, Y. Okamoto, T. Ward*, C. Kerzig*, O. S. Wenger*, “Water-Soluble Tris(cyclometalated) Iridium(III) Complexes for Aqueous Electron and Energy Transfer Photochemistry“ Acc. Chem. Res 2022, 55, 1290 – 1300.

38.) C. Wang, F. Reichenauer, W. R. Kitzmann, C. Kerzig*, K. Heinze*, U. Resch-Genger*, “Efficient Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Upconversion Sensitized by a Chromium(III) Complex via an Underexplored Energy Transfer Mechanism“ Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202261, e202202238.

37.) A. Luque, J. Groß, T. J. B. Zähringer, C. Kerzig, T. Opatz*, "Vinylcyclopropane [3+2] Cycloaddition with Acetylenic Sulfones Based on Visible Light Photocatalysis" Chem. Eur. J. 2022, 28, e20210432.

36.) T. J. B. Zähringer, M.-S. Bertrams, C. Kerzig*, “Purely organic Vis-to-UV upconversion with an excited annihilator singlet beyond 4 eV“ J. Mat. Chem. C 2022, 10, 4568 – 4573.


35.) P. Herr, C. Kerzig, C. B. Larsen, D. Häussinger, O. S. Wenger*, “Manganese(I) complexes with metal-to-ligand charge transfer luminescence and photoreactivity“ Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 956 – 962.

34.) F. Glaser, C. Kerzig, O. S. Wenger*, “Sensitization-initiated electron transfer via upconversion: mechanism and photocatalytic applications“ Chem. Sci. 2021, 12, 9922 – 9233.

33.) M.-S. Bertrams, C. Kerzig*, “Converting p-terphenyl into a novel organo-catalyst for LED-driven energy and electron transfer photoreactions in water“ Chem. Commun. 2021, 57, 67526755.!divAbstract7

32.) L. Schmid, C. Kerzig, A. Prescimone, O. S. Wenger*, “Photostable Ruthenium(II) Isocyanoborato Luminophores and Their Use in Energy Transfer and Photoredox Catalysis“ JACS Au 2021, 1, 819832.

31.) J. B. Bilger, C. Kerzig, C. B. Larsen, O. S. Wenger*, “A Photorobust Mo(0) Complex Mimicking [Os(2,2’-bipyridine)3]2+ and its Application in Red-to-Blue Upconversion“ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 1651 – 1663.

30.) S. Neumann, O. S. Wenger*, C. Kerzig*, “Controlling Spin‐Correlated Radical Pairs with Donor−Acceptor Dyads: A New Concept to Generate Reduced Metal Complexes for More Efficient Photocatalysis“ Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 4115 – 4123.


29.) M. Poppe, C. Chen, S. Poppe, C. Kerzig, F. Liu*, C. Tschierske*, “Different modes of deformation of soft triangular honeycombs at the sub-5 nm scale” Adv. Mater. 2020, 32, 2005070.

28.) F. Glaser, C. B. Larsen, C. Kerzig, O. S. Wenger*, “Light-driven aryl dechlorination and defluorination with an organic super-photoreductant“ Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2020, 19, 1035 – 1041.

27.) B. Pfund, D. M. Steffen, M. R. Schreier, M.-S. Bertrams, C. Ye, K. Börjesson, O. S. Wenger*, C. Kerzig*, “UV light generation and challenging photoreactions enabled by upconversion in water“ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 10468 – 10476.
Preprint on ChemRxiv:

26.) F. Hörmann, C. Kerzig, T. S. Chung, O. S. Wenger, T. Bach*, “Triplet Energy Transfer from Ruthenium Complexes to Chiral Iminium Ions: Enantioselective Synthesis of Cyclobutanecarbaldehydes by [2+2] Photocycloaddition” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 9659 – 9668.

25) F. Glaserǂ, C. Kerzigǂ, O. S. Wenger*, “Multi-Photon Excitation in Photoredox Catalysis: Concepts, Applications, Methods “Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 10266 – 10284. (ǂThese authors contributed equally to this work.)

24.) T. Brandl, C. Kerzig, L. Le Pleux, A. Prescimone, O. S. Wenger, M. Mayor*, “Macrocyclized Phenanthroline Ligands Improve the Photostability of Cu(I) Complexes“ Chem. Eur. J.  2020, 26, 3119 – 3128. (“Hot Paper”)

23.) C. Fischerǂ, C. Kerzigǂ, B. Zilate, O. S. Wenger*, C. Sparr*, “Modular Synthesis of Acridinium Organophotoredox Catalysts Guided by Photophysical Studies“ ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 210 – 215. (ǂThese authors contributed equally to this work.)


22.) C. Kerzig*, O. S. Wenger*, “Reactivity control of a photocatalytic system
by changing the light intensity“ Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 11023 – 11029.
This article has been chosen as a Chem. Sci. “Pick of the Week” and it was highlighted by Chemistry World ("Light intensity changes can switch photocatalyst between one- and two-photon mechanisms").

21.) M. Skaisgirski, C. B. Larsen, C. Kerzig, O. S. Wenger*, “Stepwise photoinduced electron transfer in a tetrathiafulvalene-phenothiazine-ruthenium triad“ Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 4256 – 4262.

20.) S. Neumann, C. Kerzig*, O. S. Wenger*, “Quantitative insights into charge-separated states from one- and two-pulse laser experiments relevant for artificial photosynthesis“ Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 5624 – 5633.

19.) T. Kohlmann, C. Kerzig, M. Goez*, “Laser-induced Wurtz-type syntheses with a metal-free photoredox-catalytic source of hydrated electrons“ Chem. Eur. J.  2019, 25, 9991 – 9996. (“Hot Paper”)

18.) C. Kerzig*, X. Guo, O. S. Wenger*, “Unexpected Hydrated Electron Source for Preparative Visible-Light Driven Photoredox Catalysis“ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 2122 – 2127.


17.) C. Kerzig*, O. S. Wenger*, “Sensitized triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion in water and its application to photochemical transformations“ Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 6670 – 6678.
This article was highlighted in CHIMIA (doi:10.2533/chimia.2018.725).

16.) C. Kerzig, M. Hoffmann, M. Goez*, “Resveratrol radical repair by vitamin C at the micelle-water interface — unexpected reaction rates explained by ion-dipole interactions“ Chem. Eur. J.  2018, 24, 3038 – 3044.


15.) R. Naumann, C. Kerzig, M. Goez*, “Laboratory-scale photoredox catalysis using hydrated electrons sustainably generated with a single green laser” Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 7510 – 7520.
This work was highlighted in Nature Reviews Chemistry (doi:10.1038/s41570-017-0092) and by Chemistry World ("Reductive power of hydrated electrons unleashed with green lasers").

14.) T. Kohlmann, R. Naumann, C. Kerzig, M. Goez*, “3-Aminoperylene and ascorbate in aqueous SDS, one green laser flash ... and action ! Sustainably detoxifying a recalcitrant chloro-organic“ Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2017, 16, 1613 – 1622.

13.) M. Alaasar*, S. Poppe, C. Kerzig, C. Klopp, A. Eremin*, C. Tschierske*, “Cluster phases of 4-cyanoresorcinol derived hockey-stick liquid crystals” J. Mater. Chem. C 2017, 5, 8454 – 8468.

12.) M. Poppe, C. Chen, H. Ebert, S. Poppe, M. Prehm, C. Kerzig, F. Liu*, C.  Tschierske*, “Transition from nematic to gyroid-type cubic soft self-assembly by side-
chain engineering of π-conjugated sticky rods” Soft Matter 2017, 13, 4384 – 4392.

11.) T. Kohlmann, R. Naumann, C. Kerzig, M. Goez*, “Combined static and dynamic quenching in micellar systems — closed-form integrated rate laws verified with a versatile probe” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2017, 19, 8735 – 8741.

10.) S. Sommerwerk, L. Heller, C. Kerzig, A. E. Kramell, R. Csuk*, “Rhodamine B conjugates of triterpenoic acids are mitocans and cytotoxic even at nanomolar concentrations” Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2017, 127, 1 – 9.

9.) T. Kohlmann, R. Naumann, C. Kerzig, M. Goez*, “Green-light ionization of 3-aminoperylene in SDS micelles — a promising access to hydrated electrons despite a myth debunked“ Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2017, 16, 185 – 192.

2012 - 2016

8.) C. Kerzig, M. Goez*, “Photoionization access to cyclodextrin-encapsulated resveratrol phenoxy radicals and their repair by ascorbate across the phase boundary“ Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18, 20802 – 20811.

7.) M. Brautzschǂ, C. Kerzigǂ, M. Goez*, “Sustainable, inexpensive and easy-to-use access to the super-reductant eaq  - through 355 nm photoionization of the ascorbate dianion — an alternative to radiolysis or UV-C photochemistry“ Green Chem. 2016, 18, 4761 –  4771. (ǂThese authors contributed equally to this work.)

6.) C. Kerzig, M. Goez*, “Combining energy and electron transfer in a supramolecular environment for the ”green” generation and utilization of hydrated electrons through photoredox catalysis“ Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 3862 – 3868.

5.) C. Kerzig, S. Henkel, M. Goez*, “A new approach to elucidating repair reactions of resveratrol“ Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 13915 – 13920.

4.) C. Kerzig, M. Goez*, “Generating hydrated electrons through photoredox catalysis with 9-anthrolate“ Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 13829 – 13836.

3.) C. Kerzig, M. Goez*, “Highly efficient green-light ionization of an aryl radical anion: key step in a catalytic cycle of electron formation“ Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 25342 – 25349.

2.) M. Goez*, C. Kerzig, R. Naumann, “An All-Green Catalytic Cycle of Aqueous Photoionization“ Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 9914 – 9916.

1.) M. Goez*, C. Kerzig, “Counterintuitive Influence of Protonation on Radical-AnionPhotoionization“  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 12606 – 12608.

Publications without peer review process:

4.) K. Hermainski, C. Kerzig, Chapter “Photochemistry of water-soluble ruthenium  complexes”
for the Time-Resolved Absorption Spectroscopy Educational Kit Manual, Thorlabs, 2023.
(link will follow soon)

3.) C. Kerzig, “Blickpunkt Nachwuchs: Photochemie – mechanistisch und ohne                                       Quecksilberlampen“  Nachrichten aus der Chemie 2023, 71 (6), 58 – 59.

 2.) C. Kerzig, H. Ihmels, “Conference report: 28th Lecture Conference on                                                   Photochemistry, Düsseldorf “ to be published in the next newsletter of the EPA                                      (European Photochemistry Association).

1.) C. Kerzig, H. Ihmels, “Konferenzbericht: 28. Tagung der GDCh-Fachgruppe                                   Photochemie“  Nachrichten aus der Chemie  2022, 70 (12), 90 – 91.