Prof. Dr. Lukas J. Gooßen

Prof. Dr. Lukas J. Gooßen

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1969 in Bielefeld; 1989-1994 undergraduate studies in chemistry at the Universität Bielefeld / University of Michigan; 1994 research work with Prof. Dr. K. P. C. VollhardtUniversity of California, Berkeley; 1994-1997 PhD. work with Prof. Dr. W. A. HerrmannTU München; 1998 Postdoc with Prof. Dr. K. B. SharplessScripps Research Institute; 1999-2000 research chemist at the Bayer AG (Central Research); 2000-2003 habilitation at the MPI für Kohlenforschung in the group of Prof. Dr. M. T. Reetz; 2003-2004 group leader at the MPI für Kohlenforschung; 2004-2005 Heisenberg fellow at the RWTH Aachen; 2005-2016 professor at the TU Kaiserslautern, 2008 visiting professor at the University of Toronto; since 2016 Evonik Chair of Organic Chemistry at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.


since Aug. 2016Evonik Chair of Organic Chemistry, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Jul. 2005 - Jul. 2016Professor for Organic Chemistry, TU Kaiserslautern
Sept. 2004 - Jun. 2005Heisenberg fellow, RWTH Aachen
April 2000 - Aug. 2004Assistant professor (Habilitand) in the group of Prof. M. T. Reetz, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim: New Transition Metal-Catalyzed Reactions for Organic Synthesis
Jan. 1999 - Mar. 2000Head of laboratory at Bayer Central Research, Synthesis Research
Nov. 1997 - Dec. 1998Postdoctoral Researcher in the group of Prof. K. B. Sharpless, Scripps Research Institute,La Jolla: Asymmetric Aminohydroxylation with Heterocyclic Nitrogen Sources


Aug. 2004 Degree of Dr. rer. nat. habil in Organic Chemistry, University of Bochum
April 2000 - Aug. 2004 Habilitation at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim in the group of Prof. M. T. Reetz; working on the topic: New Transition Metal-Catalyzed Reactions for Organic Synthesis.
Nov. 1997 - Dec. 1998 Postdoctoral research in the group of Prof. K. B. Sharpless, Scripps Research Institute
Jun. 1997 Degree of Dr. rer. nat., with distinction
Dec. 1994 - May 1997 Dissertation under the supervision of Prof. W. A. Herrmann, Technical University of Munich, with a thesis entitled Functionalized Imidazolin-2-ylidene-Metal Complexes in Catalysis.
Mar. 1994 - Sep. 1994 Diploma research under the supervision of Prof. K. P. C. Vollhardt, University of California, Berkeley, with a thesis entitled Approach to the Synthesis of All-Metal-Metal-Bonded Tercyclo­pentadienyl Trishetero­trimetallic Complexes.
Jan. 1994 Diploma in Chemistry, with distinction
Jan. 1992 - Sep. 1992 Exchange student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: research with Prof. A. Ashe III, on the Synthesis of Organo-Antimony-compounds, and with Prof. M. D. Curtis, on the Synthesis of Molybdenum-Cobalt-Clusters.
Oct. 1989 Immatriculation for a Chemistry degree, University of Bielefeld
Jul. 1988 - Sept. 1989 Military service with the tank regiment 333 in Celle
Aug. 1979 - Jun. 1988 Marienschule der Ursulinen Bielefeld (secondary school)

Scholarships and Awards

Nov. 2008AstraZeneca Award for Organic Chemistry
Sept. - Oct. 2008 Visiting Professorship at the University of Toronto
Oct. 2007 Novartis Young Investigator Award
Mar. 2007 Carl-Duisberg prize of the German Chemical Society
Nov. 2004 - Oct. 2009 Research award of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie: „Dozentenstipendium“
Sept. 2004 Heisenberg scholarship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
April 2004 Leo-Lectureship of Leo Pharma / TU Denmark
Mar. 2003 Jochen-Block prize of the DECHEMA for catalysis research
Nov. 2002 Academy prize of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences
Jan. 2002 Thieme literature prize
Sept. 2001 Liebig scholarship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie
Jan. 1998 - Dec. 1998 Postdoctoral research scholarship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Nov. 1997 - Dec. 1997 Postdoctoral research scholarship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie
Jun. 1995 - May 1997 Kekulé Ph.D. scholarship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie
Jan. 1993 - Sep. 1994 National scholarship for undergraduate studies: Begabtenförderung der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Teaching experience

since 2005 Multiple lecture courses and lab classes in general organic chemistry, natural product synthesis, synthetic methods, and catalysis, TU Kaiserslautern
fall term 2008 Lecture Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry, University of Toronto
2005 Synthetic Methods in Organic Synthesis, lecture course, RWTH Aachen
2002 - 2004 Organometallic Catalysis, lecture course, University of Wuppertal
April 2000 - Aug. 2004 Current Topics in Organic Chemistry, seminar, MPI Mülheim
Jan. 1995 - Sep. 1997 Supervision of the practical inorganic chemistry course for biology students (laboratory, seminars, colloquia), Technical University of Munich

External Funding

since April 2000 Personnel funds: Liebig-, Heisenberg- and Dozentenstipendium;
11 PhD students funded by the DFG (German Research Council) plus 2 via SFB TRR 88 „TRIMET“, 9 PhD- and 2 postdoc-fellowships;
funds for equipment/chemicals: BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), DFG, FCI (Chemical Industry Fund);
industrial cooperations/funding: AstraZeneca, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Bayer MaterialScience,
Boehringer Ingelheim, Cognis, Fontargen, Lanxess, Novartis, Pfizer, Saltigo, Umicore;
state funding: NanoKat and RCR

Activities in professional organizations

Since 2014 ERC Grant Evaluation Panel Member
Since 2014 Executive Commission member of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Katalyse
Since 2012 TU Kaiserslautern Senate Commission Quality in Learning and Teaching
Since 2011 Advisory Board “Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis
Since 2011 Series Editor of “Topics in Organometallic Chemistry”
2007-2008 GDCh presidential commission "emerging areas for chemistry
Member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and American Chemical Society (ACS)

Key Publications

B. Bayarmagnai, C. Matheis, K. Jouvin, L. J. Gooßen, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 5753-5756: Synthesis of Difluoromethyl Thioethers from Difluoromethyl Trimethylsilane and Organothiocyanates Generated in situ. >>DOI

A. Fromm, C. van Wüllen, D. Hackenberger, L. J. Gooßen, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 10007-10023: Mechanism of Cu/Pd-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Cross-Couplings: A DFT Investigation. >>DOI

P. Mamone, G. Danoun, L. J. Gooßen, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 6704-6708: Rhodium-catalyzed ortho-Acylation of Aromatic Carboxylic Acids. >>DOI

S. Bhadra, W. Dzik, L. J. Gooßen, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 2959-2962 (hot paper): Synthesis of Aryl Ethers from Benzoates via Carboxylate-Directed C-H Activating Alkoxylation with Concomitant Protodecarboxylation. >>DOI

L. J. Gooßen, G. Deng, L. M. Levy, Science, 2006, 313, 662-664: Synthesis of Biaryls via Catalytic Decarboxylative Coupling. >>DOI


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Lehrstuhl für Organische Chemie I
ZEMOS 2/27
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