Kurt Schenk

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Two new diterpenes, fusicoserpenol A and dolabeserpenoic acid A, with antifungal activity, were isolated from leaves of Hypoestes serpens (Acanthaceae). Their structures were elucidated by means of spectrometric methods including 1D and 2D NMR experiments and MS analysis. X-ray crystallographic analysis confirmed the structure of fusicoserpenol A and(More)
We report on a new metal halide perovskite photovoltaic cell that exhibits both very high solar-to-electric power-conversion efficiency and intense electroluminescence. We produce the perovskite films in a single step from a solution containing a mixture of FAI, PbI2, MABr, and PbBr2 (where FA stands for formamidinium cations and MA stands for(More)
Lead halide perovskites have over the past few years attracted considerable interest as photo absorbers in PV applications with record efficiencies now reaching 22%. It has recently been found that not only the composition but also the precise stoichiometry is important for the device performance. Recent reports have, for example, demonstrated small amount(More)
Rarely reported low-cost molybdenum boride and carbide microparticles, both of which are available in abundant quantities due to their widespread use in industry, adsorb at aqueous acid-1,2-dichloroethane interfaces and efficiently catalyse the hydrogen evolution reaction in the presence of the organic electron donor - decamethylferrocene. Kinetic studies(More)
1 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces, Station 6, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland 2 Advanced Research Division, Materials Research Laboratory, Panasonic Corporation, 1006 Kadoma, Kadoma City, Osaka 571-8501, Japan. 3 Laboratory of Photomolecular Science, Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, École(More)
A new type of very compact Pacman bis-porphyrin scaffold has been obtained in which a calix[4]arene spacer provides both cofacial preorganization and flexibility. Changes in the distance between the two tetrapyrrolic macrocycles can be triggered by electrochemistry, where closed and open conformers can be interconverted in a handclapping motion.
A new isoflavone, 4',5,7-trihydroxy-6,8-dimethylisoflavone (1), and a new sesterterpenoic acid (2), together with five known compounds, lichexanthone (3), (-)-pinoresinol (4), betulinic acid, palmitic acid, and beta-sitosterol, were isolated from a dichloromethane extract of the branches of Henriettella fascicularis. Their structures were established by(More)
Spirocyclohexa-2,5-dienes were shown to rearrange at -40 degrees C, when treated with 1 equiv of LDA. Alkyl halides and aldehydes then reacted with the resulting phenanthridinone lithium enolate intermediates, with distinct regioselectivities and high diastereocontrol, to afford functionalized dearomatized phenanthridinones which were elaborated further. A(More)
[reaction: see text] Intramolecular hydroamination of cyclohexa-2,5-dienes led with high selectivity to the corresponding bicyclic allylic amines. This study demonstrates that the reaction does not proceed through a direct hydroamination of one of the diastereotopic olefins but more likely involves a diastereoselective protonation of a pentadienyl anion,(More)