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TOBIAS SCHNITZER – GROUP LEADER
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What brought me here?

I was born and raised in central Germany, became passionate about organic chemistry during my studies, and fell in love with catalysts and peptides in my PhD. During my postdoc, I became fascinated of exploring complexity in chemical systems. Currently, I enjoy sharing my excitement of science with others and develop target-selective catalysts to shape a more sustainable future.

What makes me happy?

Having fun with friends at long board game nights. Enjoying a good opera. Exploring the flavors of a glass of whisky. Drawing a perfect benzene ring.

What is my current smartphone background? Why? 

A photo of my two sons, because it reminds me of the really important things in life.

Since 2023

Research Group Leader

University of Freiburg, Germany

Research on "Target-selective Catalysis"

2020 – 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher & Lecturer for Organic Chemistry

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Research with Prof. E. W. Meijer "Construction of Complex Molecular Systems with Emerging Complexity"

2015 – 2019

Doctor of Science

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Thesis with Prof. H. Wennemers "Proline-rich Peptides – From Catalysts to Metal Organic Frameworks"

2012 – 2014

Master of Science

University of Heidelberg, Germany

Thesis with Prof. A. S. K. Hashmi "Gold-Catalyzed Synthesis of Benzodipyrroles with Applications in Organic Electronics"

2009 – 2012

Bachelor of Science

University of Heidelberg, Germany

Thesis with Prof. G. Helmchen "Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (–)-Indolizidine 209D"

2000 – 2009

Abitur

Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium, Darmstadt, Germany

Awards

2023

Liebig group leader fellowship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie

2020

Young Talent Award 2020 of the Max-Bergmann-Kreis for an excellent PhD thesis

Finalist of the Reaxys PhD Prize 2020

ETH Medal of the ETH Zürich for excellent PhD thesis

Postdoc.Mobility scholarship of the Swiss National Science Foundation

2019

Travel Award of the American Peptide Society

2018

SCNAT Chemistry Travel Award

2015

Kekulé PhD scholarship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie

Price of the Dr.-Sophie-von-Bernthsen-Fond for excellent achievements in the chemistry master studies

2013

Erasmus+ Placement travel scholarship (Stay at Stockholm University)

2012

Deutschlandstipendium awarded by Clariant AG

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