Group Members

David Rombach

Principal Investigator

University of Zurich
Department of Chemistry
Winterthurerstrasse 190
Room Y38 K 32

8057 Zurich

david.rombach@uzh.ch
+41 44 635 39 93

Short CVORCID

David Rombach grew up in Karlsruhe (Germany) in 1986 and studied chemistry at LMU Munich and KIT Karlsruhe. After scientific adventures in fluorine chemistry with Tobias Ritter (Harvard University) and the synthesis of GluK2 antagonists with Lennart Bunch (University of Copenhagen), he focused on the synthesis and incorporation of photoswitches into DNA during his diploma thesis (Diplom, 2015). Inspired by photochemistry and organofluorine chemistry, he joined Hans-Achim Wagenknecht's group to work on photoredoxic catalytic activation of SF6 for pentafluorosulfanylation chemistry during his PhD (2018). In 2019, he joined Antonio Togni's group at ETH Zurich as a postdoctoral fellow to continue his work on hypervalent sulfur, iodine compounds and trifluoroacetylation chemistry. In 2020, he started his independent research (SNSF Spark) in the group of Erick M. Carreira at ETH Zurich to study novel SF5-containing molecules. In July 2023, David started as a group leader at the University of Zurich (SNSF Ambizione).

Lujie Xu

PhD student

University of Zurich
Department of Chemistry
Winterthurerstrasse 190
Room Y38 K 32

8057 Zurich

lujie.xu@uzh.ch

+41 44 635 39 93

Lujie was born and grew up in Jiangsu Province, China. In 2019, he moved to University of Cambridge to conduct his Bachelor’s and Master’s study. He joined Prof. Matthew Gaunt’s group to carry out his master’s project on multicomponent alkene azido-heteroarylation reactions. In 2024, he moved to Zurich and joined Rombach group as a PhD student. Apart from chemistry, Lujie enjoys photographyand music.

Max Flügge

M.Sc. student

University of Zurich
Department of Chemistry
Winterthurerstrasse 190
Room Y38 K 32

8057 Zurich

max.fluegge@uzh.ch

+41 44 635 39 93

Max Flügge was born and raised near Hamburg (Germany). In 2018 her moved to Aachen where he conducted his Bachelor and Master studies at the RWTH Aachen. He then moved to Zurich to start his master thesis in organofluorine chemistry in the Rombach group.