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Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius

Molecular Chemistry, Münster University

Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius

Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius

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At just 40 years of age, Frank Glorius is one of the world's leading experts in the highly contested field of organic catalysis. He is particularly knowledgeable in the activation of C-H bonds, one of the most difficult areas in this field. C-H bonds enable targeted bonds between carbon atoms, which is essential when building complex organic molecules for pharmaceuticals or pesticides, but also for components of new materials and even nutrition. Glorius has pioneered the use of C-H activation for the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds. He is also credited with a primary role in developing the field of oxidative cross couplings catalysed with bivalent rhodium. Similarly, his research into the use of N-heterocyclic carbene ligands in organocatalysis makes Frank Glorius an exceptional figure in his field, one who has already achieved groundbreaking research but at the same time has probably not yet reached the peak of his productivity.

Frank Glorius studied chemistry in Hanover and at the Max Planck Institute für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, Germany. After completing his doctorate in Basel, he initially conducted research at Harvard University before returning to the MPI in Mülheim. At only 32 years of age he was named professor of organic chemistry at the University of Marburg. In 2007 he accepted his position in Münster. Before receiving the Leibniz Prize, Glorius had already received numerous awards, including the prestigious Alfried Krupp Prize for Young Professors and a Starting Grant from the ERC.