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Axel Jacobi von Wangelin

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Hamburg



Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Regensburg (2011-2017)

Junior Group Leader, University of Cologne (2005-2011)

Postdoc, Stanford University (Barry M. Trost, 2003-2004)

Postdoc, Cardiff University (Kingsley J. Cavell, 2003)

Visiting Scientist, Degussa AG, Frankfurt (2002-2003)

Ph.D., Leibniz Institute of Catalysis, University of Rostock (Matthias Beller, 2002)

Visiting Scholar, University of Utah (John A. Gladysz, 1999)

M.Sc. Chemistry, University of Erlangen (John A. Gladysz, 1998)

B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Erlangen (1994)


Fellowships and Awards:

ERC Consolidator Grant (2016)

ORCHEM Award of the Liebig Association (2012)

Heisenberg Research Fellow of the DFG (2011)

Science Award of the Industrieclub (2009)

Thieme Journal Award (2007)

Emmy Noether Research Fellow of the DFG (2005-2010)

DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow (2003-2004)

Joachim Jungius Dissertation Award (2002)



Axel was born into the 1974 World Cup euphoria in Berlin. He spent a joyful boyhood in the backyards of Berlin-Friedrichshain and finished highschool there. After the exciting years in post-wall Berlin, Axel abandoned capital city pace for an only slightly healthier Chemistry student life at the University of Erlangen. His Master thesis and a subsequent research stay with John A. Gladysz allowed him to work at the University of Utah where he also advanced his mountaineering and skiing skills. Back in Germany, Axel joined Matthias Beller’s group at the Leibniz-Institute of Catalysis in Rostock from where he obtained a Ph.D. with work on palladium catalyzed carbonylations and amino acid syntheses in 2002. After a short industrial stay at Degussa AG in Frankfurt, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Kingsley J. Cavell at Cardiff University and Barry M. Trost at Stanford University. In late 2005, he started his independent career at the University of Cologne under the patronage of Hagga Schmalz. Since 2011, Axel is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Regensburg whose Chemistry Department frequently tops international research rankings (e.g. Leiden 2015, Humboldt 2014). His recent research achievements were recognized with an ERC Consolidator Grant (2016), the ORCHEM Award of the Liebig Association (2012), the Heisenberg Fellowship (2011), the Emmy Noether Fellowship (2005-2010), and the Science Award of the Industrieclub (2009).

Axel lives in Leipzig and Regensburg. On the personal side, he enjoys goofing around with his kids (age 5 and 2), riding bikes, sampling beer, and travelling.

Author Profile: Axel Jacobi von Wangelin
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 5616444.

  1. Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
  2. Institute of Organic Chemistry

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Axel Jacobi von Wangelin

Prof. Dr.
Axel Jacobi von Wangelin


Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
University of Hamburg

Martin-Luther-King-Platz 6
20146 Hamburg

Phone +49 40 42838-2883