Former members of the Thiele group
Picture: P. Czechowski,

Dr. Max Hirschmann

Working area(s)

Bachelor thesis 08/14 - 10/14, Master thesis 09/16 - 03/17, PhD thesis 04/17 - 01/21, PostDoc 02/21 - 10/21


Field of research

  • Synthesis of side-chain functionalized polyaspartates
  • Investigations of polyaspartates as alignment media in NMR spectroscopy
  • emulsion polymerization of N-carboxyanhydrides to (homo-) polypeptides


06/11 High School Graduation
10/11 – 10/14 Study of Chemistry B. Sc., Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt
04/16 – 07/16 Internship BASF, BASF, Research & Development, Unit Fungicides, Ludwigshafen
10/14 – 04/17 Study of Chemistry M. Sc., Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt
04/17 – 01/21 Study of Chemistry Doctorate, Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt

Prizes and awards

10/14 – 09/15 Student fellowship (Deutschlandstipendium)
12/15 Award of the Dr.-Anton-Keller-Foundation at Technische Universität Darmstadt
09/19 SMASH Student Stipend

Bachelor thesis

Title Investigations on the synthesis of polyphosphazenes
Group Prof. Dr. C. M. Thiele
Place Department of Chemistry, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Master thesis

Title Synthesis and characterization of left-handed helical poly-L-aspartates as alignment media for NMR spectroscopy
Group Prof. Dr. C. M. Thiele
Place Department of Chemistry, Technische Universität Darmstadt


Title Stimuliresponsive Polyaspartates
Group Prof. Dr. C. M. Thiele
Place Department of Chemistry, Technical University Darmstadt


1 Thermo- and Magnetoresponsive Polyaspartates
Chirality 2019, Bordeaux/France, 07/19.


1 M. Hirschmann, M. Schwab, C. M. Thiele
Molecular Weights: The Key for Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Phases of Poly-β-benzyl-L-aspartate
Macromolecules 2019, 52, 6025-6034.
2 M. Hirschmann, C. Merten, C. M. Thiele
Treating Anisotropic Artefacts in Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy Enables Investigation of Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Polyaspartate Solutions
Soft Matter 2021, 17, 2849-2856.
3 M. Hirschmann, D. S. Schirra, C. M. Thiele
Copolyaspartates: Uncovering Simultaneous Thermo and Magnetoresponsiveness
Macromolecules 2021, 54, 1648-1656.
4 D. S. Schirra, M. Hirschmann, I. A. Radulov, M. Lehmann, C. M. Thiele
Investigations of the alignment process of homopolyglutamate-based LLC phases: Deuterium NMR analysis of PBPMLG reveals a 90° flip of the polymer
Angew. Chem. 2021, 133, 21208-21214, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 21040-21046.
5 K. Knoll, D. Herold, M. Hirschmann, C. M. Thiele
A Supramolecular and Liquid Crystalline water-based Alignment Medium based on Azobenzene-substituted 1,3,5-Benzenetricarboxamides
Magn. Reson. Chem. 2022, 60, 563-571.
6 M. Hirschmann, O. Soltwedel, P. Ritzert, R. von Klitzing, C. M. Thiele
Light-Controlled Lyotropic Liquid Crystallinity of Polyaspartates Exploited as Photo-Switchable Alignment Medium
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 3615-3623.


1 M. Schwab, M. Hirschmann, C. M. Thiele
Hot and Cool RDCs: Investigations on the Alignment Process
SMASH 2017, Baveno/Italy, 09/17.
2 M. Hirschmann, M. Schwab, C. M. Thiele
Thermoresponsive Polyaspartates: Helixreversal in liquid crystalline phases
Orchem 2018, Berlin, 09/18.
3 M. Hirschmann, C. M. Thiele
Polyaspartates: Alignment Media with Unexpected Behaviour
SMASH 2019, Porto/Portugal, 09/19.