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Prof. Dr. Burkhard König
Universität Regensburg, Institut für Organische Chemie
Burkhard König, born in 1963, received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Hamburg. He continued his scientific education as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. M. A. Bennett, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, and Prof. B. M. Trost, Stanford University. Since 1999, he has been a full professor of organic chemistry at the University of Regensburg.
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Burkhard König was Chairman of the Association of German Chemistry University Professors (ADUC, 2005-7), of the Liebig Association (2008-12) as well as a member of the board of the German Chemical Society from 2004 to 2008. He is currently a board member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (since 2004) and the Wiley-VCH/GDCh Publishing Advisory Board. Furthermore, König is an editorial board member of “Chem. Eur. J.”, “Eur. J. Org. Chem.” (Chair) and “Green Chem.” He has authored 440 scientific publications and three books.
Burkhard König was awarded the Reinhard-Koselleck grant of the DFG in 2017, the ERC Advanced Grant in 2016 and the UN-Decade Award on Sustainability in 2011/2012. He also received the literature award of the Fonds of the German Chemical Industry in 2007.
Burkhard König works in physical-organic chemistry and photochemistry. His current research interests are the development of synthetic methods in photoredox catalysis and new photoswitches for photopharmacology. As one of the pioneers of chemical photocatalysis, he has helped to develop the field of light-driven organic synthesis. In his research projects on photocatalysis, Burkhard König always combines the development of synthetically useful methods with detailed mechanistic investigations, often in collaboration with spectroscopists and theoreticians. The understanding of the molecular processes and thus the conceptual development of the field of photocatalysis are central concerns of his research projects.
- Physical-organic synthesis
- Spectroscopy, electroanalytical methods