Prof. Matthias Beller
Professor, Universität Rostock, Germany
Matthias Beller was born in 1962. He studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he completed his PhD thesis in 1989 in the group of Prof. Tietze. As recipient of a Liebig scholarship, he then spent a one-year in the group of Prof. Sharpless at the MIT. From 1991 to 1995, Beller was an employee of Hoechst AG, where he most recently directed the "Homogeneous Catalysis" project in the company’s central research unit. In 1996 he moved to the TU München as C3 Professor (“Associate Professor”). In 1998 he relocated to the University of Rostock to head the Institute for Organic Catalysis (IfOK) and to become full Professor for Catalysis at the University of Rostock. Since 2006 Matthias Beller is director of the newly formed Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis, which is the largest governmental research institute for applied catalysis in Europe.
His scientific work has been published in more than 350 original publications and review articles. In addition, >80 patent applications have been filed in the last decade.
Matthias Beller has received several awards such as the Otto-Roelen Medal (1997), the Merck-Frost-Lectureship (2002), the Novartis-Chemistry-Lectureship (2002), the Degussa-Lecturer (2003), the Novo Nordisk-Lecturer (2005), and in 2006 the Leibniz-Price of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. In 2006 he was also awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” of the city of Rostock and he received the German Federal Cross of Merit.
Matthias Beller is head of the GDCH working group “Sustainable Chemistry” and a member of the Association for Technical Sciences of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities as well as the Academy of Science of Hamburg.
Scientific and technical experiences:
- Homogeneous catalysis and organic synthesis
- P- and N-ligand synthesis
- Organometallic chemistry (Pd, Rh, Ru, Fe, Cu etc.)
- Development of processes for bulk chemicals
- Synthesis of biologically active agents
- High pressure chemistry (hydrogenations, carbonylations)
Present main research activities:
- Fe-catalyzed oxidations and hydrogenation
- Hydroaminomethylation and hydroamination
- Pd- and Cu-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions
- Rh- and Ru-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenations