Personal
StatusMarried, two children
20.02.1969Birthday (in Hannover, Germany)
Languages
Germannative speaker
EnglishC1, high proficiency
SpanishC1 exam, Unicert III exam, high proficiency
FrenchC1 exam, Unicert III exam, high proficiency
RussianB1.1 exam, Unicert Basic exam, elemental proficiency
Education
1988Abitur (equiv. A-levels)
1988/89Military service
10/1989 – 03/1994Student of Chemistry (University of Hannover)
07/1993 – 06/1994Diploma in Chemistry (equiv. to MSc), University of Hannover, Diploma Thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, USA, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. D. Seyferth and Prof. H. M. R. Hoffmann, Ph.D, DSc.
07/1994 – 02/1997Dr. rer. nat. (equiv. to Ph.D), University of Hannover, Grade: summa cum laude, Supervisor: Prof. H. M. R. Hoffmann, Ph.D, DSc.
05/1997 – 05/1998Postdoc at the Chemical Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. S. V. Ley, FRS, Great Britain
06/1998 – 07/2001Habilitand (equiv. to Assistant Professor) at the University of Göttingen, Mentor: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Armin de Meijere
07/2001Habilitation (equiv. to DSc.), University of Göttingen
Professional Career
09/2001 – 11/2001Heisenberg Scientist, University of Göttingen
12/2001 – 03/2002Guest Professor, University of Greifswald
04/2002 – 11/2004Full Professor (C4) of Bioorganic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Greifswald
12/2004 – todayFull Professor (C4) of Organic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, University of Rostock, Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry
7/2005 – todayHead of the Department of Organic Synthesis of the Leibniz-Institute of Catalysis e.V., University of Rostock
Administrative Positions
2002 – 2004Vice-director of Institute of Biochemistry, University of Greifswald
2002 – 2004Member of Faculty of Sciences, University of Greifswald
2004 – todayHead of Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Rostock
2006 – 2008Vice-director of Institute of Chemistry, University of Rostock Head of committee of examinations
2008 – 2010Member of Academic Council of University of Rostock
2006 – todayMember of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Rostock
2008 – todayMember of Interdisciplinary Faculty, University of Rostock
2014 – 2016Vice-director of Institute of Chemistry, University of Rostock
2014 – 2016Head of committee of examinations, University of Rostock
2016 – todayDirector of the Institute of Chemistry, University of Rostock
Contributions to Research and Graduate Education
Scientific interestsOne-pot-cyclizations, domino reactions, homogeneous catalysis directed towards organic synthesis, organosilicon chemistry, heterocycles, medicinal chemistry (new antibiotics and anti-cancer agents), natural products, carbohydrates, new materials
Publicationsmore than 630 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals with high impact factor
Ph.D theses> 80 Ph.D theses were completed under supervision of Prof. Langer
Diploma theses> 65 MSc theses were completed under supervision of Prof. Langer
WorkgroupCurrently 35 Ph.D students and scientists
International collaborationScientific supervision of 100 foreign Ph.D students, guest students and guest scientists
Other Scientific Activities
2007 – todayMember of DAAD selection committees
2008 – todayMember of the editorial board: International Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry
2008 – todayMember of the editorial board: Materials
2008 – todayAssociate editor of Current Bioactive Compounds
2009 – todayAssociate editor of Curr. Org. Synth.
2009Guest editor Tetrahedron Symposium-in-Print (published in 2009) “Recent Advances in Organosilicon Chemistry directed towards Organic Synthesis”
2011 – todayAssociate editor of the Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan
2012Member of the Academic Council of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan
2012 – todayMember of the editorial board: Biochemical Compounds
Awards and Scholarships
1992 – 1994Study Scholarship of the German National Fellowship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
1995 – 1996Ph.D Scholarship (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie)
1997Award of the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Hannover
1997/98Feodor-Lynen-scholarship (Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation)
1990 – 2001Liebig-scholarship (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie)
2000Thieme-Journal-Award
2001Heisenberg-scholarship (DFG)
2010Gold medal of Yerevan State University (YSU) presented by the rector of YSU
2011Honorary Doctor (Dr. h.c.) of Yerevan State University (Republic of Armenia)
2012Honorary Doctor (Dr. h.c.) of Vietnam National University, Hanoi (Vietnam)
2012Honorary Professor (Prof. h.c.) of the University of Mosul (Iraq)
2012Honorary Doctor (Dr. h.c.) of the Tishreen University, Lattakia (Syria)
2013Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Science
2013Patron's (President of Pakistan) Gold Medal awarded by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT)
2013Honorary Doctor (Dr. h.c.) of the University of Debrecen (Hungary)
2013Honorary Doctor (Dr. h.c.) of the Research Institute of New Chemical Technologies and Materials of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Almaty (Kazakhstan)
2014Honorary Professor (Prof. h.c.) of the University of Granma (Cuba)
2014Honorary Professor (Prof. h.c.) of Amity University (India)
2014Gold Medal of Yerevan State University (YSU), Republic of Armenia
2014Honorary Doctor (Dr. h.c.) of the National Academy of Science of the Republic of Armenia
2014Gold Medal of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Almaty (Kazakhstan)
2014Honorary Doctor (Dr. h.c.) of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Almaty (Kazakhstan)
2015Civil award 'Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam' by the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
2015Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia
2015Honorary member of the Society of Organic Chemistry of Argentina
2017Honorary Doctor (D.Sc. h.c.) of Amity University (India)