Prof. Lutz Ackermann

Associate Editor

Institut für Organische und Biomolekulare Chemie
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Scientific career

Since 2017 PI at German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK)
2015 - 2017 Director of the Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
2013 - 2015 Dean of Research, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Göttingen
Since 2015 Adjunct Professor at the University of Pavia, Italy
2011 – 2013 Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Göttingen
Since 2007 Assistant Professor, Emmy Noether-Fellow (DFG): Independent research at the LMU München
2001 – 2003 Postdoctoral Studies with Prof. Dr. R. G. Bergman, UC Berkeley
1998 – 2001 Ph.D. thesis (Mentor: Prof. Dr. A. Fürstner), Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany
1998 Diploma thesis
1993 – 1998 Studies of Chemistry at the University of Kiel, Germany


Research areas

The development and application of novel concepts for sustainable catalysis constitutes his major current research interests, with a topical focus on C–H activation, including:

  • transition metals in photocatalysis
  • synthesis and use of new ligands in C–H activation catalysis
  • continuous flow methods
  • remote C–H functionalizations by ruthenium catalysis
  • 3d base metal catalysis, including manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel and copper catalysis
  • electrochemical C–H functionalization
  • chemoselective modification of amino acids and peptides
  • computational chemistry


Thematic issue

Prof. Ackermann is the guest editor responsible for the thematic issue in the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry:

Earth-abundant 3d metal catalysis


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