The research activities include a broad range of topics. Prominent current examples are: a) The chemistry of gold, vic. fundamental studies in molecular, cluster and supramolecular structures. b) Silicon and gallium chemistry, in particular hydrides and their application in the preparation of microelectronic devices. c) Organophosphorus chemistry, aspects of ligand design and chirality. d) Bioinorganic chemistry of magnesium and beryllium for drug design and fundamentals of toxicity.