Director of the Institute
Prof. Dr. Carsten Bolm
Tel.: +49 (0)241 8094675

  Head of Teaching / Academic Co-ordinator
Dr. Michael Meske
Tel.: +49 (0)241 8094694

  Head of the Administration
Dr. Gunter Geibel
Tel.: +49 (0)241 8094685





  April 2019
  We are pleased to welcome Prof. John A. Murphy from the University of Strathclyde, UK who is visiting our institute as a Humboldt research award winner.
  February 2019
  The Schoenebeck group reports "E-Olefins through intramolecular radical relocation" in Science. (
  Prof. Schoenebeck has been appointed as Editor at the Thieme journal Synthesis
  January 2019
  Also this year the "New Year Symposium" (number 11 in the series under the sponsorship of Bayer AG) was a great success. More than 100 participants (see picture ) attended the meeting on January 11 in the IOC lecture hall. The main speakers were Prof. Dr. John Gladysz (Texas A&M), Prof. Dr. Stefan Huber (Ruhr-University Bochum), Dr. Thomas Müller (Bayer AG), and Prof. Dr. Louis Fensterbank (Sorbonne Université). In addition, 9 doctoral students from RWTH Aachen University gave short talks, and about 30 posters were exhibited. Particular thanks go to the 2019 organizing committee: Christian Schumacher, Hannah Fergen, Jannik Borghs, and Steven Terhorst.
  November 2018
  Dr. Jose Hernández chaired a Beilstein Organic Chemistry Symposium entitled "Mechanochemistry: microscopic and macroscopic aspects". With the support by the Beilstein Institute, the ca. 50 participants (see picture) met in a hotel on top of the Rheingau heights close to Rüdesheim (November 13-15) discussing the various facets of mechanochemistry. In a most delightful atmosphere, top-notch science was presented. A few impressions can be found on Twitter:
  The Institute has two visitors (one as Humboldt award winner and the other, Andreas, his student) from the US: Professor John Gladysz and Andreas Ehnbom from Texas A&M University.They will stay with us until mid February.
  October 2018
  The IOC is delighted to welcome Prof. Frederic Patureau as a new colleague from October 1st.
  June 2018
  A group of pre-school kids from the Kindergarten "In den Küpperbenden" visited the Institute of Organic Chemistry on June 7. Together with three of their tutors, the 28 kids had a short introduction into the background of organic chemistry and a guided tour in the institute. Finally, they performed experiments and watched additional ones presented by Professor Bolm.
  September 2017
  On September 14, Prof. Dr. Kuiling Ding (Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry) visited the IOC presenting a seminar. Professor Ding is recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt research award, and thus, he will visit Germany (and Aachen) frequently. The photo shows Professor Ding (4th from left) in a group of chinese doctoral students, whom he met during his visit.
  March 2017
  On March 30, 2017, Professor Bolm welcomed the members of the "Kuratorium des Fonds der Chemischen Industrie" ( at RWTH Aachen University. It was the 199th meeting in the series and the first one ever at a University. During lunch, the committee members met the rectorate and the "Hochschulrat".

The photo taken during this meeting shows
Dr. Gerd Romanowski (VCI, Geschaeftsfuehrer des Fonds und der Stiftung Stipendien-Fonds),
Mr. Thomas Wessel (Evonik Industries, Vorsitzender des Kuratoriums des Fonds der Chemischen Industrie),
Prof. Dr. Dierk Raabe (MPI fuer Eisenforschung, Vorsitzender des Hochschulrats),
Prof. Dr. Ernst Schmachtenberg (Rektor der RWTH Aachen University) and
Prof. Dr. Carsten Bolm (RWTH Aachen University, Institut fuer Organische Chemie).
  February 2017
  The 2017 Bredt Lecture took place in the Institute of Organic Chemistry. We congratulate this year's recipient - Prof. Paul Knochel from the LMU.  The previous Bredt lecture awardees were Prof. Peter Vollhardt (2008), Prof. Ryoji Noyori (2010), Prof. K. C. Nicolaou (2012), Prof. Steve Ley (2014). We are grateful to Grünenthal GmbH for generous sponsorship of the event.
  In an OUTREACH event Professor Bolm recently visited an elementary school and performed chemical experiments with young pupils (for details, see:
Hopefully, more kids will find their way into the "MINT" disciplines."
  July 2016
  Prof. Franziska Schoenebeck was appointed W3 Professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen.
  March 2016
  The IOC congratulates Prof. Dieter Enders on his 70th birthday.
  November 2015
  Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Franziska Schoenebeck who is a recipient of a Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award 2016-2017.
  October 2015
  Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Magnus Rueping for the Aldrich Lectureship at the University of Pennsylvania.
  March 2015
  Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Carsten Bolm who has been awarded the Adolf-von-Baeyer-Denkmünze by the German Chemical Society.
  December 2014
  Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Franziska Schoenebeck on her grant from the European Research Council (for Fundamental Studies in Catalysis – Reactivity Design with Experimental and Computational Tools) and for receiving the 2014 Marcial Moreno Lectureship by the Spanish Royal Chemical Society.
  October 2014
  Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Dieter Enders who has been awarded the Ryoji Noyori Prize of The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan .
September 2014
Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Franziska Schoenebeck who is a recipient of a "2014 ORCHEM Prize".
June 2014
  Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Dieter Enders, Prof. Dr. Magnus Rueping and Prof. Dr. Carsten Bolm, who were selected as "Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers"!

Thomson Reuters writes in this context " These researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication—between 2002 and 2012. Thus, the listings of Highly Cited Researchers feature authors whose published work in their specialty areas has consistently been judged by peers to be of particular significance and utility."

Noteworthy: Worldwide, only about 200 chemists (in all areas of chemistry) have been selected - and three of them perform research and teach in the IOC!



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