Dr. Ralph Hübner
After his training as a chemical technical assistant (1993-1995) at the Kerschensteinerschule in Stuttgart-Feuerbach and his A-levels (Abitur) (1997-2000) at the Kolping Kolleg Stuttgart, Dr. Hübner began to study chemistry at the University of Stuttgart, which he completed at the end of 2007. His master’s thesis[1-2] received an award for outstanding scientific achievements. He then completed his doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry between 2008 and 2010 in Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaim’s research group. His research focused on precious metal and 3d transition metal complexes with non-innocent chinoid ligands with respect to redox switchable hemilability[3-6]. In 2011, he moved to Prof. Dr. Martin Jansen’s department at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, where he worked until Jansen’s retirement in 2012. Among other things, the electrocrystallization and investigations of exotic magnetic materials, as well as the chemistry of the radical anion of ozone, the so-called ozonides and their decomposing products, were part of his research.
In 2013, he then spent a brief period in industry-oriented, project-oriented research at the Research Institute of Precious Metal and Metal Chemistry in Schwäbisch Gmünd, where he was involved in the development of nanoparticle-based dispersions with respect to ink-jet printable and electrically conductive structures.
Shortly thereafter, Dr. Hübner returned to the University of Stuttgart to work under Prof. Dr. Lapo Bogani for an ambitious project investigating quantum materials[8-9] in which magnetic states can be switched by external stimuli such as light quanta. In 2015, he transferred within the University of Stuttgart to the Institute for Functional Matter and Quantum Technologies (fmq3) headed by Prof. Hidenori Takagi. In addition to the administrative coordination of the subinstitute, the main focus of the research fields was on exotic materials whose unusual properties were based on quantum effects. Among other things, this included work on quantum spin fluids[10-11], organic (supra)conductors, Weyl materials and thermoelectric materials.
The administrative part of the constantly growing, internationally oriented research group took time away from research, leading Dr. Hübner to pursue a new, purely research-based challenge. He has been working at the Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg, as a member of Prof. Dr. Wängler's biomedical chemistry research group. One of the fields of research is the development, synthesis and in vitro investigation of bimodal synthons that are used to visualise malignant tissue changes.
 Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 8913-8921
 European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2012(22):3569-3576,
 Organometallics 2011, 30, 6, 1414-1418
 J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 4801-4809
 Advances in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis: 49, 2013
 Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie, 643(21):1621-1627, 2017
 Polyhedron, Volume 48, Issue 1, 14 November 2012, 68-71
 Faraday Discuss., 2015, 185, 347-359
 Phys. Rev. B., Vol. 93, Iss. 16 — 15 April 2016
 Phys. Rev. B., Vol. 94, Iss. 16 — 15 October 2016
 Nature Materials, Volume 17, 773–777 (2018)
 J. Chem. Phys. 147, 064503 (2017)
 Phys. Rev. B., Vol. 98, Iss. 19 — 15 November 2018
 Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 16, 6956-6965