Robert Francke

Postdoctoral Scholar
Past Member

Office Location

Chem 3222


Organic Electrochemistry

Electroanalytical Chemistry

Organic Synthesis

Electrochemical Energy Storage


2003 - 2008

Studies in chemistry at Bonn University, Germany and Alicante University, Spain; Fellowship of the Theodor-Leymann foundation

2009 - 2012

PhD studies in the group of Dr. Waldvogel, Mainz University, Germany; Title of thesis: “Novel Highly Fluorinated Materials for Energy Storage Devices: From Synthesis to Application” 

2012 - Present

PostDoc in Dr. Little’s group; Research on mediators for indirect electroorganic synthesis; Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

June 2014 - Present

Soon to begin independent academic career at the University of Rostock, Germany


Faculty member, University of Rostock, Germany




R. Francke, R. D. Little, Redox Catalysis in Organic Electrosynthesis: Basic Principles and Recent Developments, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 2492-2521.


R. Francke, R. D. Little, Optimizing Electron Transfer Mediators Based on Arylimidazoles by Ring Fusion: Synthesis, Electrochemistry and Computational Analysis of 2-Aryl-1-methyl-phenanthro[9,10-d]imidazoles, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 427–435.


R. Francke, R. Reingruber, D. Schollmeyer, S. R. Waldvogel "Highly Fluorinated 2,2´-Biphenols and Related Compounds - Relationship between Substitution Pattern and Herbicidal Activity" J. Agric. Food. Chem. 2013, 61, 4709-4714.


R. Francke, D. Cericola, D. Weingarth, R. Kötz, S. R. Waldvogel "Novel Electrolytes for Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors Based on 1,1,1,3,3,3-Hexafluoropropan-2-ol" Electrochim. Acta 2012, 62, 372-380.


R. Francke, D. Cericola, R. Kötz, S. R. Waldvogel, S. R. Waldvogel "Azolylborates for Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitor Electrolytes" Z. Phys. Chem. 2012, 226, 141-149.


R. Francke, D. Cericola, R. Kötz, S. R. Waldvogel, G. Schnakenburg, S. R. Waldvogel "Bis(2,2 '-biphenoxy)borates for Electrochemical Double-Layer Capacitor Electrolytes" Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 3082-3085 (VIP manuscript and front cover).


R. Francke, G. Schnakenburg, S. R. Waldvogel "Synthesis of Highly Fluorinated 2,2'-Biphenols and 2,2 '-Bisanisoles" Org. Lett. 2010, 12, 4288-4291.


R. Francke, G. Schnakenburg, S. R. Waldvogel "Efficient and Reliable Iodination and O-Methylation of Fluorinated Phenols" Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2010, 2357-2362.


R. Francke, V. Climent, H. Baltruschat, J. Feliu "Electrochemical Deposition of Copper on Stepped Platinum Surfaces in the [01(-1)] Zone Vicinal to the (100) Plane" J. Electroanal. Chem. 2008, 624, 228-240.