Curriculum Vitae

03/1960 born in Braunschweig, Germany
1978 - 1984 TH Braunschweig (undergraduate studies in chemistry)
1983 – 1984 University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
09/1984 Graduation: 'Master of Science, Chemistry' (University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA; Prof. Dr. H.-J. Reich)
12/1984 Graduation: 'Diplom-Chemiker-Hauptprüfung' (TH Braunschweig, Germany; Prof. Dr. H. Hopf)
1985 – 1987 Doctoral work at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
07/1987 Graduation: 'Dr. rer. nat.' (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany; Prof. Dr. M. T. Reetz)
1987-1988 Postdoctoral studies (M.I.T., Cambridge, USA; Prof. Dr. K. B. Sharpless)
1988 – 1993 Habilitation (TU Darmstadt, Germany, and Universität Basel, Switzerland; with Prof. Dr. B. Giese)
1993 Offers for C3-faculty positions at the Universities in Würzburg (declined), Hannover (declined), and Marburg
10/1993 Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
03/1996 Chair and Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany (C4)
02/2000 Offer for a Chair and Full Professorship at the University in Freiburg, Germany (declined)
08/2005 Offer for a Chair and Full Professorship at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany (declined)
04/2006 W3 Professor (Chair and Full Professorship) at RWTH Aachen University, Germany
10/2012 Adjunct Professor at Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan, China
10/2016 Honorary Professor at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China

Stipends and Awards
1983-1984 Fulbright-stipend
1985-1987 Kekulé-stipend ('Fonds der Chemischen Industrie and Volkswagen-Foundation')
1987-1988 Nato-stipend of the DAAD ('German Akademic Exchange Service')
1988-1990 Liebig-stipend given by the 'Fonds der Chemischen Industrie'
1990-1992 Treubel-Fonds stipend ('Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft, Basel')
06/1991 Heinz-Meier-Leibnitz-award given by the 'Federal Secretary for Education and Science', Germany
03/1992 ADUC-Jahrespreis 1992 für Habilitanden (award) given by the 'Arbeitsgemeinschaft
der Lehrstuhlinhaber von Unterrichtsinstituten für Chemie', Germany
02/1993 Dozenten-Stipendium (award) given by the "Verband der Chemischen Industrie", Germany
11/1993 Jahrespreis für Chemie (award) given by the "Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen“
12/1996 Otto-Klung-award 1996
12/1998 Otto-Bayer-award
10/2002 AstraZeneca European Lecturer
09/2003 Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
07/2006 Prix Franco-Allemand (French-German Prize) by the Société Francaise de Chimie
11/2007 CaRLa Fellow at the University of Heidelberg in collaboration with BASF
5/2011 Boehringer Ingelheim Lecturer (Canada)
4/2014 Distinguished Professorship at RWTH Aachen University
6/2014, 9/2015 and 11/2016 Selected as a "Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher"
1/2015 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
3/2015 Adolf-von-Baeyer-Denkmünze (GDCh) Visiting Professorships
09-12/1992 Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
03/1998 Invited Visiting Professorship at the ‘Université Pierre et Marie Curie’ in Paris, France
02/2000 Invited Visiting Professorship at the ‘Università di Firenze’ in Florence, Italy
02/2002 Invited Visiting Professorship at the ‘Università degli studi di Milano’ in Milan, Italy
2002 – 2003 Professeur Visiteur at the Département de Chimie of the University ‘Notre-Dame De La Paix‘ in Namur, Belgium
10/2006 Invited Visiting Professorship at the Tokyo University of Science, Japan

Research Interest
Enantioselective catalysis, asymmetric synthesis, bioactive compounds, mechanochemistry, biomass
conversion, sulfur and fluorine chemistry

Journals
1998 - 2002 Member of the International Advisory Editorial Board of New Journal of Chemistry
1999 - 2008 Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Synthesis
2000 - 2008 Member of the Honorary Advisory Board of Synlett
2001 - Member of the Academic Advisory Board of Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis
2003 - Member of the Board of Consulting Editors of Tetrahedron Letters
2003 - Member of the Board of Consulting Editors of Tetrahedron
2003 - Member of the Editorial Board of Letters in Organic Chemistry
2003 - 2011 Commissioning Editor of Chemical Society Reviews
2005 - 2016 Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Reviews
2005 - 2007 Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Organic Chemistry
2005 - Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
2007 - 2009 Member of the Editorial Board of Current Chemical Biology
2008 - 2018 Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Organic Letters
2008 - 2012 Member of the Editorial Board of Catalysis Communications
2008 - Associate Editor for Journal of Organic Chemistry
2009 - Member of the Advisory Board of Synthesis and Synlett
2009 - 2016 Member of the Editorial Board of Molbank
2011 - Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of The All Results Journal
2013 - Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Sulfur Chemistry
2018 - Advising Editor for ACS Omega
2019 - Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters

Other (selected) activities
1998 - 2001 Member of the DAAD selection committee for „Doktorandenstipendien“
2002 - 2009 Member of the DAAD selection committee in the „PostdocProgramm“
2002 - 2007 Member of the DFG senate commission for the selection of graduate colleagues
[„Senats- and Bewilligungsausschuss für die Graduiertenkollegs“ of the German
Science Foundation (DFG)]
1998 - 2002 Member of the „Beirat Technologietransfer und Arbeitskreis Technologietransfer
RWTH-IHK“
2000 - 2008 Member of the Management Committee of the COST-Action D24 „Sustainable
chemical processes: Stereoselective transition-metal catalyzed reactions“
2001 - 2009 Member of the International Scientific Committee of ESOC (European Symposium on
Organic Chemistry)
2001 - 2005 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Leibniz-Institute for Organic Catalysis
at the University of Rostock (Vorsitz des „Wissenschaftlichen Beirats des LeibnizInstituts für Katalyse an der Universität Rostock e.V.“)
2003 - Member of the International Advisory Committee of ICHAC (International Conference
on Heteroatom Chemistry)
2012 - Member of the International Advisory Board of OM&Cat (International Conference on
Organometallics and Catalysis)
2006 - 2016 Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Leibniz-Institute for Organic
Catalysis at the University of Rostock (Vorsitz des „Wissenschaftlichen Beirats des
Leibniz-Instituts für Katalyse an der Universität Rostock e.V.“)
2002 - 2006 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of DEGUSSA Fine Chemicals
2002 - 2004 Member of the Senate of the RWTH Aachen University
2003 - 2007 Head of the "DFG Schwerpunktprogramm 1118"
2006 - 2008 Member of the GDCh Selection Committee for the "August-Wilhelm-von-HofmannDenkmünze"
2006 - 2008 Chairman of the Department of Chemistry (RWTH Aachen University)
2007 - Member of the advisory board “Research and Education Politics” from the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI)
2008 - 2014 Rectorate Appointee for the Collaboration with Korea
2009 - Member of the "Perspectives Commission" of the GDCh
2009 - 2015 Member of the "Kuratorium des Fonds der Chemischen Industrie"
2015 - Member of the Research Advisory Board of the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie"
2010 - 2014 Rectorate Appointee for the Fulbright Foundation
2010 - 2012 Member of the Pre-Selection Committee - Northern Germany for the DSM Science &
Technology Awards
2012 - Member of the external advisory board of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) within
the Chemistry Department of KAIST (Korea)
2012 - Member of the "Committee on the Handling of Scientific Misconduct"
2018 - Head of the RWTH Profile Area "Molecular Science and Engineering"
Author profile: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 6596 - 6597