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Prof. Dr. Gernot Frenking


Prof. Dr. G. Frenking
Fachbereich Chemie
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Hans-Meerweinstr. 4
Room: 02/4440
D-35032 Marburg
Phone: +49-6421-2825563
Fax: +49-6421-2821833

Michelbacherstr. 12
D-35041 Marburg
Phone: +49-6420-3050297

Professional Offices

Honours and Awards

  • 1998: QCPE Lecture, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
  • 2004: 17. Charles A. Coulson Lecture, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
  • 2007: Clemens Winkler Lecture, Technical University Freiberg/Sachsen
  • 2007: Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain
  • 2008: Appointed to Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FSRC)
  • 2009: Schrödinger Medal of the WATOC (World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists)
  • 2010: The Hofman Distinguished Lecture, Imperial College, London
  • 2011: The Lise-Meitner Lecturer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2012: Hans-Hellman Research Professurship Award of the Philipps Universität Marburg
  • 2013: Richard W. Bader Memorial Lecture, MIRCE Academy, Exeter
  • 2016: Honorary Professorship of Nanjing Tech University
  • 2019: International Solvay Chair in Chemistry 2019, International Solvay Institutes, Brussels
  • 2020: Erich-Hückel Preis der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker

Academic Career

  • 1969–1973:
    Studying chemistry at the Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University Aachen.
    Diploma at Aachen in 1973.

  • 1974–1976:
    Research student in the group of Prof. Kenichi Fukui in Kyoto (Japan).

  • 1976–1979:
    Doctoral work at the Technical University Berlin.
    Ph.D. thesis: Semiempirical calculations of phosphorous(III)compounds

  • 1979–1984:
    Habilitation at the Technical University Berlin.
    MO-SCF-Studies of the structures and reactivities of molecules in the gas phase, TU Berlin, 1984.

  • 1984–1985:
    Visiting scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, in the group of Prof. H.F. Schaefer III.

  • 1985–1989:
    Staff scientist at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI International) in Menlo Park, California. Research in structure-activity relationship and molecular modeling of nonpeptide opiates.

  • 1990–1998:
    C3-Professor for Computational Chemistry at the Philipps-Universität Marburg.

  • 1998–2014:
    C4-Professor for Theoretical Chemistry at the Philipps-Universität Marburg.

  • 2014–
    Professor emeritus at the Philipps-Universität Marburg.

  • 2015–
    Ikerbasque Visiting Research Professor at the University Donostia (San Sebastian), Spain.