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Prof. Dr. Jörg Sundermeyer

Foto: Philipps-Universität Marburg

Curriculum Vitae (CV als pdf)

born 26.05.1959 in Leverkusen, Germany

married, one daughter, two sons (*91, *94, *97)


University Professor


Inorganic molecular chemistry, coordination and organometallic chemistry, homogeneous and biphasic catalysis, functional molecules for materials chemistry

University Education

  • 1989-95  Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) in Inorganic Chemistry, Bayerische Julius-MaximiliansUniversität Würzburg, c/o Chair Prof. H. Werner, „Organometallic transformations of N-organoimido complexes of group 5. - 7. metals“
  • 1988  Doctoral degree in Chemistry (Dr. rer. nat.), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Dissertation on “Hydrogen cyanide, dicyanogen, and hexafluoropropene: Their use in the synthesis of trifluormethyl and halogen substituted heterocyclic compounds via catalytic processes”, Thesis advisor: Prof. H. Roesky (summa cum laude)
  • 1984-85  Postgraduate studies in the group of Prof. R. J. Haines, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Topic: Dinuclear ruthenium "A-frame" complexes
  • 1984  Diploma degree in Chemistry (Dipl. Chem.), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, “Nitrogen multiple bonds to elements of group 6 and 16”, Thesis supervisor: Prof. H. Roesky (with distinction)
  • 1978-84  Studies in Chemistry, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Professional Experience

  • 1996-      Professor for Organometallic Chemistry, Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • 1995-96  Lecturer (C1), Chemistry Department, Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
  • 1986-88  Research Assistant, Chemistry Department (Prof. H.W. Roesky), Georg-August Universität Göttingen
  • 1984-85  Research Assistant at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research South Africa, C.S.I.R. Unit of Metal Cluster Chemistry, Pietermaritzburg

 Honours, Awards and other Proofs of Qualification

  • 2012  Faculty Teaching award of the students (GdCh JungChemikerForum JCF)
  • 2007  Guest Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA
  • 2005-07  Dean of Student Affairs, Chemistry Department, Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • 2004  Offered Chair Position C4 at the University of Rostock
  • 1999  Guest Professor, International Center for Advanced Studies (INCAS), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod
  • 1996  Heisenberg-Fellow of the DFG
  • 1995  Lecturers Fellowship (Dozentenstipendium) of the Fund of Chemical Industries
  • 1994  Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Award of the Federal Minister for Education and Science
  • 1994  Award of the Dr. Otto Röhm Memorial Trust
  • 1993  ADUC-Award of the German Chemical Society
  • 1991-93  Habilitanden-Stipend of the DFG
  • 1989-91  Liebig-Stipend of the Fund of Chemical Industries

 Selection of Memberships and Activities

  • German Chemical Society GDCh
  • German Catalysis Society GeCatS
  • Division of Sustainable Chemistry of GDCh
  • ProcessNet platform of reaction technique and process engineering
  • Wöhler Association of Inorganic Chemists
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Materials Science Center Marburg
  • Regular Referee Assignments for Humboldt Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF, Czech Science Foundation and a number of student funding agencies
  • Referee for more than 20 journals including JACS, Inorg. Chem., Organometallics, Chem. Rev., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Chem. Eur. J., Chem. Asian J., Dalton Trans., Green Chem., J. Catal., Adv. Materials, Adv. Synth. & Catal., Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., J. Organomet. Chem., J. Mol. Catal., and others
  • Coordinator of an INTAS co-operation network with NIS funded within the EU ResearchFramework Program FP5
  • Research and Development Projects with 9 chemical companies so far
  • Academic Research Networking in 3 Collaborative Research Centers (SFB), 5 Priority Research Programs (SPP), 3 Graduate Schools (GRK), 2 Excellence Clusters (LOEWE)


ca. 290 publications:  H-Index 38 (without citations from 55+ patent families and 7 book chapters ), a full overview can be found in the section publications

Some representative peer-reviewed publications:

1) Direct Metal–Metal Bonds Between High and Low Valent Complex Fragments: The Reaction of Metal Bases with the Metal Acids [Re(NR)3]+ und [Mo(NR)2]2+.
J. Sundermeyer, D. Runge, J. S. Field, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 1994, 33, 678–681; Angew. Chem. 1994, 106, 679–682. DOI: 10.1002/anie.199406781DOI: 10.1002/ange.19941060613

2) Simple Synthesis of an Allenylidene Heptavalent Rhenium(d0) Complex.
X. Li, M. Schopf, J. Stephan, J. Kipke, K. Harms, J. Sundermeyer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 8660–8661.
DOI: 10.1021/ja048030f

3) Aerobic Oxidation of 2,3,6-Trimethylphenol to Trimethyl-1,4-benzoquinone with Copper(II) Chloride as Catalyst in Ionic Liquid and Structure of the Active Species.
H. Sun, K. Harms, J. Sundermeyer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 9550–9551. DOI: 10.1021/ja0391964

4) Crystallographic Characterization of a Synthetic 1:1 End-On Copper Dioxygen Adduct Complex.
C. Würtele, E. Gaoutchenova, K. Harms, M. C. Holthausen, J. Sundermeyer, S. Schindler, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 3867–3869; Angew. Chem. 2006, 118, 3951–3954. DOI: 10.1002/anie.200600351; DOI: 10.1002/ange.200600351

5) A New Synthetic Pathway to the Second and Third Generation of Superbasic Bisphosphazene Proton Sponges – The Run for the Best Chelating Ligand for a Proton.
J. F. Kögel, B. Oelkers, B. Kovačević, J. Sundermeyer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 17768–17774. DOI: 10.1021/ja409760z

6) A Phosphorus Bisylide: Exploring a New Class of Superbases with Two Interacting Carbon Atoms as Basicity Centers.
J. F. Kögel, D. Margetic, X. Xie, L. H. Finger, J. Sundermeyer,  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 3090-3093, Angew. Chem. 2017, 129, 3136−3139. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201612446, DOI: 10.1002/ange.201612446

7) The Lewis superacid Al[N(C6F5)2]3 and its higher homolog Ga[N(C6F5)2]3 – structural features, theoretical investigation and reactions of a metal amide with higher fluoride ion affinity than SbF5.
J. F. Kögel, D. A. Sorokin, A. Khvorost, M. Scott, K. Harms, D. Himmel, I. Krossing, J. Sundermeyer, Chemical Science 2018, 9, 245–253. DOI: 10.1039/C7SC03988C

8) Phosphazenyl phosphines PAP: The most electron rich uncharged phosphorus Brønsted and Lewis bases.
S. Ullrich, B. Kovačević, X. Xie, J. Sundermeyer, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 10335–10339; Angew. Chem. 2019, 131, 10443–10447. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201903342; DOI: 10.1002/ange.201903342

9) Template-Controlled On-Surface Synthesis of a Lanthanide Supernaphthalocyanine and its Open-Chain Polycyanine Counterpart.
Q. Fan, J.-N. Luy, M. Liebold, K. Greulich, M. Zugermeier, J. Sundermeyer, R. Tonner, J. M. Gottfried, Nature Commun. 2019, 10, 5049. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-13030-7

10) On-Surface Synthesis and Characterization of a Cycloarene: C108 Graphene Ring.
Q. Fan, D. Martin-Jimenez, S. Werner, D. Ebeling, T. Koehler, T. Vollgraff, J. Sundermeyer, W. Hieringer, A. Schirmeisen, J.M. Gottfried, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 894–899. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b10151