2019 Physical Organic Chemistry Award Winner

Professor Peter Schreiner

Professor Peter Schreiner
Image courtesy of Franz Moller

Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany


Awarded for groundbreaking work on establishing tunneling control of chemical reactions as the third paradigm of chemical reactivity.





About the Winner

Peter R. Schreiner (b. 1965) is professor of organic chemistry and Liebig-Chair at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. He studied chemistry in his native city at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, where he received his Dr. rer. nat. (1994) in Organic Chemistry with the late Paul v. R. Schleyer. Simultaneously, he obtained a PhD (1995) in Computational Chemistry from the University of Georgia, USA, with Prof. Henry F. Schaefer. He completed his habilitation (assistant professorship) at the University of Göttingen (1999), before becoming associate professor at the University of Georgia (Athens, USA), and head of the institute in Giessen in 2002. 
Schreiner's research thrives on the fruitful combination of experiment and theory to develop new practical synthetic methods and conceptual approaches to organic reactivity. After investing much time on developing thiourea organocatalysis very early on, his current research interests include organic reaction dynamics and reactive intermediates, quantum mechanical tunneling as well as London dispersion interactions as probed in the realm of nanodiamonds and organocatalysis.
P. R. Schreiner is an elected member of the Leopoldina - German National Academy of Sciences, the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts, and the Academy of Science and Literature (Mainz). He received the Dirac Medal (2003, WATOC) and the Adolf-von-Baeyer Memorial Award of the German Chemical Society in 2017. He has been a visiting professor at the CNRS in Bordeaux, the Technion in Haifa, the Australian National University in Canberra, and the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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