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





  January 2022

The IOC is happy to welcome Professor Daniele Leonori, who started his professorship (as successor of Professor Magnus Rueping) at RWTH Aachen University on January 1. His expertise in synthetic organic chemistry will strengthen our institute scientifically and enhance our international visibility. Wonderful to have him here!

On January 14, the "14th Annual New Year's Symposium" took place (by ZOOM). Being sponsered by Bayer (CropScience) the organizing committee (consisting of Sandra Bausch, Alina Paffen, Saskia Grüninger, Renè Hommelsheim, and Marvin Mendel) was able to assemble an exciting program with Professor Lutz Ackermann (University of Göttingen), Dr. Anne Dècor (Bayer), and Professor Àngeles Fernández-Ibáñez (University of Amsterdam) as external speakers. Four flash talk sessions and a "meet and greet with the speakers" complemented the symposium. It was a great success full of science, and the about 120 participants (including several external attendees) felt very well entertained by the highly stimulating research that they could hear about.

  March 2020 - today
  We are proud to state that despite the challenges of the Corona pandemic, our practical laboratory teaching has barely seen any disruptions in 2020 & 2021. Thank you to all our laboratory assistants and technicans for their tireless efforts.
  November 2021
  The Schoenebeck group reports on the use of unsupervised machine learning to accelerate the identification of catalysts in Science. (Science 2021, 374, 1134)
  October 2021
  We are thrilled that Prof. Daniele Leonori has accepted an offer for a full professorship (and chair) at our institute and look forward to welcoming him and his group soon.
  September 2021
  Congratulations to Rene Königs on his positive tenure evaluation.
  August 2021
  Franziska Schoenebeck is the recipient of the 2022 Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award. Congratulations.
  June 2021

Congratulations to Franziska Schoenebeck on being awarded the 2020 Klung-Wilhelmy-Wissenschafts-Preis.

Congratulations to Rene Königs on being awarded the RWTH prize "FAMOS für Familie" and a teaching award by the RWTH chemistry students' association.

  January 2021
  Franziska Schoenebeck is appointed Associate Editor at the Journal of the Americal Chemical Society.
  May 2020

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. René Königs was awarded with the research prize of the Dr.-Otto-Roehm-Gedaechtsnisstiftung.

Prof. Dr. Carsten Bolm received the "Famos für Familie 2020" prize. The award letter reads: "This prize is awarded to executive personnel who have made a special contribution to family-friendly personnel management and who make it possible to reconcile family, care and career in an exemplary manner."

  April 2020

Prof. Dr. Franziska Schoenebeck was awarded the EROS Best Reagent Award 2020 for her group's work with tetramethylammonium trifluoromethanethiolate.

  January 2020

Mr. Marvin Mendel, doctoral student in the Schoenebeck group, won the "Ehrenamtspreis der Stadt Aachen" for volunteer work (Hêvî e.V.) to help students with less priviliged backgrounds. Marvin also won the Procter & Gamble prize for graduating top of the year in chemistry at the RWTH Aachen University.

  November 2019
  We are pleased to announce that both Dr. Chris Teskey and Dr. José Hernández received an „MSE Researcher Award 2019“ by the RWTH profile area „Molecular Science & Engineering“. Congratulations!
  September 2019
  The Schoenebeck group reports a straightforward access to N-trifluoromethyl amides, carbamates, thiocarbamates and ureas in Nature (Nature 2019, 573, 102).  For press coverage, see: Nature's "News & Views" (Nature 2019, 573, 37) and C&En News (Vol 97, Issue 35).
  July 2019
  Congratulations to Thomas Scattolin from the Schoenebeck group who is one of the 45 finalists for the 2019 Reaxys PhD Prize. More than 360 applications were received from chemistry researchers from all over the world. Thomas was selected for his work "Efficient Synthesis of Trifluoromethyl Amines through a Formal Umpolung Strategy from the Bench-Stable Precursor (Me4N)SCF3" which was published in Angewandte Chemie.
  June 2019

Dieter Enders, 1946 – 2019

We are very sad to inform you that our colleague, outstanding scientist and dear friend, Professor Dieter Enders passed away on Saturday, 29th June. Prof. Enders was a giant in the field of chemistry and made an equally deep impact at the RWTH Aachen University, where he had been Professor since 1985.

  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



Institute of Organic Chemistry

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RWTH Aachen University
Institute of Organic Chemistry
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