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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)