The Ackermann Group
Catalysis And Organic Synthesis

About Lutz Ackermann


Lutz Ackermann studied Chemistry at the University Kiel (Germany), and performed his PhD with Prof. Alois Fürstner at the Max-PlankInstitut für Kohlenforschung (Mülheim/Ruhr, 2001). After a postdoctoral stay at UC Berkeley with Prof. Robert G. Bergman, he initiated his independent research career in 2003 at the Ludwig Maximilians-University München. In 2007, he became Full Professor (W3) at the Georg-August-University Göttingen. His recent awards and distinctions include an AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award (2011), an ERC Grant (2012) and a Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Preis (2017). The development and application of novel concepts for sustainable catalysis constitutes his major current research interests, with a topical focus on C-H activation.

h-index: 101 (GoogleScholar), >93 (WOS) (> 330 publications; > 260 invited lectures), ResearcherID, Google Scholar, ORCID

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Education and Research Experience


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, Georg-August-University Göttingen

since 2015     Adjunct Professor at the Università di Pavia

2011-2013      Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, Georg-August-University Göttingen

since 05.2007     Chair and Full Professor (W3) at the Georg-August-University Göttingen

06.2003-04.2007   Assistant Professor, Emmy Noether-Fellow (DFG): Independent research at the LMU München (Prof. Dr. P. Knochel)

07.2001-05.2003   Postdoctoral Studies with Prof. Dr. R. G. Bergman, UC Berkeley

06.1998-06.2001   Ph.D. thesis (Mentor: Prof. Dr. A. Fuerstner), Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Muelheim/Ruhr (summa cum laude)

08-12.1999       Research stay at the Université de Rennes, France (Prof. Dr. P. H. Dixneuf)

08.1997-03.1998   Diploma thesis (MSc) (Prof. Dr. J. Mattay)

10.1993-03.1998   Studies of Chemistry at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel


Selected Awards and Distinctions



2018        Visiting Professor École Polytechnique, France

2018        Distinguished Visiting Professor IIT Bombay, India

2018        Clarivate (Web of Science) ISI Highly Cited Researcher

2017        Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Preis

2017        Clarivate (Web of Science) Hottest Researchers

2017        Distinguished Visiting Professor Kyoto University, Japan

2017        Clarivate (Web of Science) ISI Highly Cited Researcher

2017        IOCF Yoshida Lectureship Award, Japan

2017        Honorary Membership of the Israel Chemical Society

2016        Thomson Reuters (Web of Science) ISI Highly Cited Researcher

2016        Selected as a Top Author at Organic Letters

2016        Member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Göttingen

2016        Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC

2016        Invited Chair Professor Joliot at the École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI)

2016        Molecular Science Frontier Lecture Professorship, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS)

2015        Thomson Reuters (Web of Science) ISI Highly Cited Researcher

since 2015      Adjunct Professor at the Università di Pavia

2015        Visiting Professor at the Università degli Studi di Perugia

2015        Ta-Shue Chou Lectureship Award, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

2014        Offer for a Full Proffesorship (Chair) at RWTH Aachen

2014        Thomson Reuters (Web of Science) ISI Highly Cited Researcher

2014        BASF lecture, UC Berkeley

2012        ERC Independent Researcher Consolidator Grant

2011        AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award

2011        Holger Erdtman Lecturer, KTH - The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

2010        Alphora Lecturer, University of Toronto, Canada

2009        Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Visiting Professor Fellowship, Osaka University, Japan

2008        Goering Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconson at Madison, USA

2007        Dozentenstipendium (FCI)

2007        Visiting Professor at the Università degli Studi di Milano

2007        ADUC-price (GDCh)

2006        Award of the Dr. Otto-Röhm-Gedächtnisstiftung

2006        Römer-fellowship

2006        DuPont Center for Collaborative Research & Education Grant

2006        ORCHEM-Preis für Naturwissenschaftler (GDCh)

2006        G.I.F. Young Scientists' Program

2004        Thieme Journal Award

2003-2007       Emmy Noether-Programm (DFG)

2001-2002       Postdoctoral Scholarship (DAAD)

1999-2001       Kekulé-fellowship (FCI)


since 2018      Associate Editor Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry

since 2018      Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of European Journal of Organic Chemistry

since 2013      Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Organic Chemistry Frontiers

since 2009      Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Synlett

since 2009      Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Synthesis



Marathon       München, Hamburg


Selected Professional Activities


2015-2017       Director of the Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry

since 2015      Erasmus coordinator, Faculty of Chemistry, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

since 2015      Founding Member International Center for Advanced Studies of Energy Conversion (ICASEC), Göttingen

2013-2015       Dean of Research, Faculty of Chemistry, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

2011-2013       Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

since 2009      Vice Spokesperson of the International PhD program "Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis (CaSuS)" funded by the State of
           Lower Saxony

2009-2011       Board member of the Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS) Göttingen


Selected Memberships


2010        Technion Gesellschaft

2002        ACS

1997        GDCh

1978        RTSV