Hershel and Hilda Rich – Visiting Professorship in Applied Research 2019

Short Biography of Prof. Joachim Sauer:

 Joachim Sauer received the Dr. rer. nat. degree in Chemistry from Humboldt University in Berlin in 1974, and the Dr. sc. nat. degree from the Academy of Sciences in (East-)Berlin in 1985. He is Senior Researcher at Humboldt University in Berlin where he was Professor of Theoretical Chemistry from 1993 – 2017. Since 2006 he is external member of the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin (Max Planck Society). He is member of several Academies including the German National Academy Leopoldina and Foreign Member of the Royal Society.

His research has explored the application of quantum chemical methods in chemistry, with emphasis on surface science, particularly adsorption and catalysis. For 12 years he was chairman of the Collaborative Research Center of the German Research Foundation (DFG) “Aggregates of transition metal oxides” and was co-founder and principal investigator of the DFG-funded Cluster of Excellence “Unifying concepts in catalysis” in Berlin.

He has published more than 380 research papers, notably in the area of modeling the structure and reactivity of transition metal oxide catalysts, zeolites and metal-organic frameworks, and he has given more than 490 invited lectures. He is one of the editors of Journal of Catalysis and he is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Among others, he served the community as chair of the German Bunsen-Society for Physical Chemistry, as chair of an ERC panel, and as member of the Minerva center committee.

Joachim Sauer holds a honorary doctorate of University College London. The Society of German Chemists (GDCh) awarded him with the Liebig Medal, the Federation of European Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) with the Francis Gault Lectureship, and the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC) with the Schrödinger medal.