Insight-Driven Strategies in Catalysis for Selective Transformations and Late-Stage Functionalizations
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Appointments

  • Since 07/2016: RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Full Professor (W3)
  • 2013 – 2016: RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Associate Professor (W2)
  • 2010 – 2013: ETH Zürich, Switzerland, Assistant Professor

 

Education

  • 2008 – 2010: University of California, Los Angeles, USA, Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of Prof. K. N. Houk
  • 2004 – 2008: WestCHEM Research School, Glasgow, UK, PhD in the group of Prof. John A. Murphy
  • 2001 – 2004: Technical University Berlin, Germany and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry

 

Awards, Honours, Named Lectureships

  • 2019 Boehringer-Ingelheim-MIT Lecturer
  • Steinhofer Lectureship, University of Freiburg, 2018
  • Novartis Chemistry Lectureship, 2016-2017
  • Alphora Lectureship, University of Toronto, 2015
  • ERC Starting Grant (in 2014)
  • 2014 Marcial Moreno Lectureship by the Spanish Royal Chemical Society
  • ORCHEM Prize (in 2014)
  • Dozentenpreis, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (in 2014)
  • JPOC Award for Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry (in 2014)
  • 2012 ADUC Prize (in 2013)
  • Research Award: NRW Returning Scholars Program (in 2013)
  • Thieme Chemistry Journal Award (in 2012)
  • Feodor Lynen Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2008-2010)
  • GSK Talk Prize from the RSC Organic Reaction Mechanisms Group (in 2006)
  • Sir George Beilby Memorial Medal (in 2004)
  • Klaus-Koch Prize (in 2003)
  • Erasmus Scholarship (2003-2004)

 

Talks

  • Journées de Chimie Organique, Palaiseau, France (10/2019)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (10/2019)
  • Boehringer Ingelheim, USA (10/2019)
  • Merck Symposium in Organic Chemistry at Boston College, USA (10/2019)
  • 26th International Symposium on Synthesis in Organic Chemistry, Cambridge, UK (07/2019)
  • ETH Zürich, Switzerland (05/2019)
  • Physical Organic Chemistry Meeting, Bad Honnef, Germany (02/2019)
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Stevenage, UK (01/2019)
  • LMU Munich, Germany (01/2019)
  • Sheffield Stereochemistry meeting, UK (01/2019)
  • University of Regensburg, Germany (01/2019)
  • University of Oldenburg, Germany (01/2019)
  • TU Munich, Germany (11/2018)
  • University of Vienna, Austria (11/2018)
  • 8th annual Organic Chemistry Symposium, Madrid, Spain (10/2018)
  • 10th Asian-European Symposium on Metal-Mediated Efficient Organic Synthesis, Taiwan (09/2018)
  • Symposium ‘Physical-Organic Chemistry at its Best’, Halle, Germany (09/2018)
  • Syngenta, UK (08/2018)
  • 16th Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium (BOSS XVI), Belgium (07/2018)
  • ‘Computational Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry’, Tarragona, Spain (06/2018)
  • 2nd International Symposium on Organic Reaction Mechanisms, China (05/2018)
  • Universität Freiburg (04/2018)
  • ‘Journées de la Catalyse de Paris Saclay’, Gif-sur-Yvette, France (04/2018)
  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (2/2018)
  • Universität Köln (01/2018)
  • Universität Heidelberg (01/2018)
  • Dechema, Frankfurt (01/2018)
  • Bayer Berlin, Germany (12/2017)
  • Bayer Wuppertal, Germany (11/2017)
  • University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France (11/2017)
  • Sanofi, Germany (11/2017)
  • Lilly (Erl Wood 50th Celebratory Symposium), UK (10/2017)
  • 16th European Symposium on Organic Reactivity, Durham, UK (09/2017)
  • EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic & Medicinal Chemistry, Austria (08/2017)
  • ACS Symposium, Washington, USA (08/2017)
  • Organic Reactions and Processes Gordon Research Conference, USA (07/2017)
  • 20th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry (ESOC 2017), Cologne, Germany (07/2017)
  • Johnson Matthey, UK (06/1017)
  • Uni Darmstadt (06/2017)
  • 23rd Lakeland Heterocyclic & Synthesis Symposium, Grasmere, UK (05/2017)
  • University of Manchester, UK (05/2017)
  • ICBMS Lyon, France (02/2017)
  • Novartis, Basel, Switzerland (02/2017)
  • 5th Lilly Chemistry Symposium, Spain (10/2016)
  • 7th biennial ‘Celebration of Organic Chemistry’ Symposium, Syngenta, UK (09/2016)
  • Johnson Matthey, UK (09/2016)
  • GEQO Meeting, Girona, Spain (09/2016)
  • ORCHEM, Germany (09/2016)
  • Merck, NJ, USA (08/2016)
  • Novartis, Cambridge, USA (08/2016)
  • University of Delaware, USA (08/2016)
  • Lehigh University, USA (08/2016)
  • Pre-ISHC in Osaka & ISHC in Kyoto, Japan (07/2016)
  • National Spanish Meeting of Organic Chemistry, Huelva, Spain (06/2016)
  • University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK (05/2016)
  • Humboldt University Berlin, Germany (05/2016)
  • ‘Predictive Catalysis: Transition-Metal Reactivity by Design’, Girona, Spain (04/2016)
  • Pacifichem 2015, Hawaii (12/2015)
  • University of Cambridge, UK (11/2015)
  • Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim, Germany (11/2015)
  • Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Tarragona, Spain (10/2015)
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica/ Johnson & Johnson, Belgium (10/2015)
  • University of Toronto, Canada (09/2015)
  • York University, Canada (09/2015)
  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada (09/2015)
  • ‘Challenges in Computational Homogeneous Catalysis – 2015’, Sweden (09/2015)
  • XXI EuCheMS Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Slovakia (07/2015)
  • OMCOS 18, Spain (06/2015)
  • 18. Steinheimer Gespräche, Germany (06/2015)
  • Universität Würzburg, Germany (05/2015)
  • Universität Münster, Germany (04/2015)
  • ACS, Denver, USA (03/2015)
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland (02/2015)
  • Unicat, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (01/2015)
  • Siegen University, Germany (01/2015)
  • University of Namur, Belgium (11/2014)
  • 2nd International Conference on Organometallics and Catalysis, Japan (10/2014)
  • ORCHEM, Weimar, Germany (09/2014)
  • 22nd IUPAC International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry, Canada (08/2014)
  • TU Graz & University of Graz Summer School, Austria (07/2014)
  • 35th Reaction Mechanisms Conference, UC Davis, USA (06/2014)
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (05/2014)
  • Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany (01/2014)
  • University of Hamburg, Germany (11/2013)
  • 2nd International Conference on Bimetallic Complexes, KIT, Germany (09/2013)
  • Summer School in Organic Chemistry & Catalysis, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland (08/2013)
  • Heron6, Heron Island, Queensland, Australia (07/2013)
  • Physical Organic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference, New Hampshire, USA (06/2013)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA (06/2013)
  • ‘Challenges in Computational Homogeneous Catalysis – 2013’, Stockholm, Sweden (06/2013)
  • University of Oxford, UK (05/2013)
  • Short Talk/JSP Fellowship, 48th Bürgenstock Conference, Brunnen, Switzerland (04/2013)
  • Chemiedozententagung, Berlin, Germany (03/2013)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich, Germany (11/2012)
  • International Conference “Catalysis in Organic Synthesis”, Moscow, Russia (09/2012)
  • 21st IUPAC International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry, Durham, UK (09/2012)
  • EPFL, Switzerland (07/2012)
  • Aachen, Germany (03/2012)
  • Chemiedozententagung, Freiburg, Germany (03/2012)
  • Inorganic Chemistry Symposium, Basel (01/2012)
  • RWTH Aachen, Institute Seminar (11/2011)
  • SCS-Syngenta Symposium: Modern Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry, Switzerland (10/2011)
  • Universität Basel, Institute Seminar (10/2011)
  • 47th Symposium for Theoretical Chemistry (STC 2011), Sursee, Switzerland (08/2011)
  • 23rd International Congress on Heterocyclic Chemistry (ICHC 2011), Glasgow, UK (08/2011)
  • Young Faculty Meeting 2011, Bern (06/2011)
  • IBM, Switzerland (01/2011)
  • ETH Zürich, Inaugural lecture (12/2010)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich (05/2009)
  • Minisymposium in Phys. Org. Chemistry, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (05/2009)
  • UCB Awards Symposium for Excellence in Postgraduate Chemistry at UCB, Cambridge, UK (09/2007)
  • XI. European Symposium on Organic Reactivity (ESOR XI) in Faro, Portugal (07/2007)
  • 2nd WestCHEM Research Day, Glasgow, UK (05/2007)
  • Roche Symposium for Leading Scientists of the Next Decade at Roche, Basel, Switzerland (03/2007)
  • RSC Organic Reaction Mechanisms Group Post Graduate Conference at GlaxoSmithKline, Tonbridge, UK (09/2006)
  • 21st Postgraduate Heterocyclic Symposium at AstraZeneca, Loughborough, UK (14/09/2006)

 

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