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Curriculum Vitae


From 2015 Prof. (W3) for Bioinorganic Chemistry at the Technical University Dortmund
2013-2015 Prof. (W2) at the Inorg. Chem. Dept. of the Georg-August-University Göttingen
2010-2013 Jun.-Prof. (W1) at the Inorg. Chem. Dept. of the Georg-August-University Göttingen
2009-2010 Project Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Chemistry, Grad. School of Science, Tokyo University.
2007-2009 Postdoc in the group of Prof. M. Shionoya, Tokyo University, working on the “Synthesis, characterization and host-guest chemistry of nanoscopic cages” supported by JSPS and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
2003-2006 PhD thesis in the group of Prof. T. Carell on “Metal-Base Pairs in DNA”. First: Philipps University, Marburg, from Dec ‘03: Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. Dec 19th ’06: PhD exam (summa cum laude).
2002-2003 Diploma thesis on “Redox-functionalized tetra(hetero)arylmethanes” (Prof. T.J.J. Müller). Mar 17th ‘03: Diploma exam, subsidiary subject: molecular biology.
2001 Internship at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore. Research project: “Oncoproteins of the Human Papilloma Virus” (Prof. H.U. Bernard).
2000-2001 Semester abroad at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Research project: “Surface Enhanced Raman-Spectroscopy” (Dr. D. Graham).
Jul-Aug ‘99 Internship at Bayer AG, research centre Wuppertal-Elberfeld (Dr. T. Kraemer).
1997-2003 Studies of chemistry at the Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg.

Awards, Scholarships, Activities

  • 2016 ERC Consolidator Grant.
  • “Otto Hofmann Foundation” prize for pre-diploma.
  • “Dr. Sophie Bernthsen Fonds“ prize for diploma.
  • “Dr. Klaus Römer Foundation” prize for PhD thesis.
  • ADUC Prize 2012 (Young Investigator Award) of the German Chemical Society (GDCh).
  • FCI Dozentenpreis 2014 (Young Investigator Award) of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie.
  • Apr 2001 – Mar 2003 Fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
  • Oct 2003 – Sep 2005 Kekulé fellow of the Fonds des Verbandes der Chem. Industrie.
  • Jun 2007 – Apr 2009 Postdoctoral fellow of JSPS and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
  • 2013 – Vertrauensdozent der Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
  • International Advisor of the Japanese "Asymmetallic" Collaborative Research Consortium.
  • JSPS Bridge Fellowship 2011 (9 lectures at Japanese Universities between Sept. 15th and Oct. 3rd)
  • Invited participant of the Alexander von Humboldt SinoGFoS Symposium, Nanjing, China, 2012.
  • Invited participant of the Alexander von Humboldt JaGFoS Symposium, Potsdam, Germany, 2016.
  • Jun 2000: Participation at the 50. Nobel-Laureate-Meeting in Lindau (Klaus-Tschira Foundation).
  • Oct 2005: Invitation to the “Roche Symposium for Leading Chemists of the Next Decade”, Basel.
  • 2001: Founding member of a branch of the “Younger Chemist’s Committee” of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in Heidelberg.


  • German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ)
  • JSPS Club
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

Research Interest

  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Chemistry inside Molecular Cages
  • DNA Nano-Architecture
  • Molecular Machines


  • German (mother tongue)
  • English (fluent)
  • French (basics)
  • Japanese (intermediate, JLPT level 3)

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).