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Prof. Leitner is external scientific member of the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung.

Our research involves the introduction of molecular biology into synthetic organic chemistry in the quest to exploit directed evolution of stereoselective enzymes as catalysts in asymmetric reactions. The goals include the implementation of efficient molecular biological strategies and techniques for probing protein sequence space rapidly and the development of high-throughput screening systems for evaluating stereoselectivity and thermostability of enzyme mutants. Current challenges include selective C-C and C-H activating oxidations of simple and complex organic compounds as well as hydrolytic processes.

Walter Leitner (RWTH Aachen)

Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner (RWTH Aachen)

since 2002
External Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research
since 2002
Chair of Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry (Successor to. Prof. W. Keim) and Director of the Institute of Technical and Macromolekular Chemistry at RWTH Aachen
2000-2002
Acting Chair of "Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry" at RWTH Aachen
1998-2002
Head of the Technical Laboratories at the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research
1995-1998
Group leader at the Department of "Organic Synthesis" (Director: Prof. M. T. Reetz) at the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research
1995
Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) in Inorganic Chemistry and appointment as Privatdozent (lecturer) at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Thesis: Catalytic Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide to Formic Acid)
1992-1995
Research associate at the Max-Planck-Working Group "CO2-Chemistry" (Director: Prof. E. Dinjus)
1991-1992
Liebig Fellow of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie at the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Regensburg
1990
Postdoctoral Studies at the Dyson Perrins Laboratory for Organic Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK, with Prof. J. M. Brown
1987-1989
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) with Prof. H. Brunner, Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Regensburg (Thesis: Enantioselective Catalytic Transferhydrogenation using Formates)
1982-1987
Studying Chemistry at the University of Regensburg (Dipl.-Chem.-Univ.)
2011
Honorary Member of the Ethiopian Chemical Society
2010
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
2009
Wöhler Award of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker
2008
CATSA Eminent Visitor Award of the South Africander Catalysis Society
2005
Guest Professorship at the Universitè de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
2003
Griess Lecture of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2001
Otto-Roelen-Medal of DECHEMA
2000
2nd International Messer Innovation-Award
1999
Nozaki Lecture, Univ. Osaka, Japan
1999
Visiting Scientist at the National Institute for Chemicals and Materials Research in Tsukuba, Japan
1998
Carl-Zerbe-Award of the Deutsche Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle (DMGK)
1998
Bennigsen-Foerder-Award of Nordrhein-Westfalen
1997
Angewandte-Chemie-Award for best lecture at the Chemiedozententagung
1997
Gerhard-Hess-Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
1991-1992
Liebig-Fellowship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI)
1990
Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Stiftung Volkswagenwerk
1990
Award for Best PhD Thesis in Sciences of Energieversorgung Ostbayern AG
1990
Studienabschluss-Stipendium of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI)
1987-1989
Promotions-Stipendium of the Government of Bavaria
1982-1987
Hundhammer-Stipendium of the Government of Bavaria
since 2011
Member of the Board of DECHEMA
since 2010
Chairman of the German Catalysis Society (Fachsektion Katalyse der Dechema)
since 2009
Member of the Strategy Council of RWTH Aachen University
2008-2010
Vice-Chairman of the German Catalysis Society GeCatS
since 2007
Scientific Director of CAT, the joint Catalytic Center of RWTH Aachen, Bayer Material Science and Bayer Technology Services
since 2007
Member of the Scientific Management Board of the Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels form Biomass” at RWTH Aachen
since 2006
Member of the Board of the Section “Sustainable Chemistry” of GDCh
2006-2008
Chairman of the German Catalysis Society (Fachsektion Katalyse der Dechema)
since 2005
Co-Chairman of the DFG Graduiertenkolleg “Biocatalysis in Non-Conventional Reaction Media (BioNoCo)” at RWTH Aachen
since 2005
Member of the International Advisory Board of “Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis”
2005-2010
Member of the Board of the Petrochemical Division of DGMK
since 2004
Scientific Editor of the RSC journal “Green Chemistry”
 

Research Topics

Green Chemistry

Green Chemistry

Sustainable catalytic processes / green chemistry

Sustainable catalytic processes / green chemistry

Mechanisms and structure/activity-relationships in organometallic catalysis

Mechanisms and structure/activity-relationships in organometallic catalysis

New chemical transformations and new raw materials for catalytic synthesis

New chemical transformations and new raw materials for catalytic synthesis

Supercritical fluids and other alternative solvents as benign reaction media for molecular catalysis

Supercritical fluids and other alternative solvents as benign reaction media for molecular catalysis

Multiphase catalysis and catalyst immobilization

Multiphase catalysis and catalyst immobilization

Reaction engineering for continuous-flow molecular catalysis

Reaction engineering for continuous-flow molecular catalysis

 

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