Oliver studied Chemistry at the University of Mainz and UC Berkeley. After research projects at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, BASF Ludwigshafen, and NUS Singapore, he moved to Switzerland for his doctoral studies. In 2015, he received his PhD in Chemistry from ETH Zürich in the group of Prof. Diederich. He pursued his academic career as a postdoc in the group of Prof. Stupp at Northwestern University, closely mentored by Prof. Fraser Stoddart. In 2019, he was appointed Liebig research group leader at Humboldt University Berlin. His current research focuses on the design and synthesis of supramolecular materials with 2D layered architecture for sensing, opto-electronic, and photocatalytic applications.

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born 1987 in Ludwigshafen a. Rh., Germany

Research Appointments

since 2019:Head of Junior Research Group, Humboldt University, Berlin.
2016–2018:Postdoc with Prof. S. I. Stupp and academic Leopoldina mentor Prof. Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University, USA.
2015–2016:Postdoc with Prof. F. Diederich, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.


2011–2015:PhD in Supramolecular Organic Chemistry with Prof. F. Diederich, ETH Zürich.
2011:Visiting researcher, National University of Singapore with Prof. T. Choon-Hong (4 months).
2011:Internship at BASF, Ludwigshafen (4 months).
2010–2011:Diploma Thesis, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz with Prof. K. Müllen and Prof. T. Weil, grade 1.0 (A+).
2009:Research stay at UC Berkeley with Prof. J. M. J. Fréchet (9 months).
2006–2011:Diploma studies in Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. Intermediate and final grade 1.0 (A+)

Awards and Scholarships

01/2019:Liebig Award of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie
2018:Postdoctoral Professional Development Award, Northwestern University
2017–2018:Leopoldina Postdoctoral Fellowship, German National Academy of Sciences
2016:SNF Postdoctoral Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation
2016:ETH Medal for the most outstanding PhD Thesis
2015:Best Poster Presentation Award, D. C. Hodgkin Symposium, Zurich
2012–2015:Kekulé Doctoral Scholarship, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, Germany
2012–2014:Doctoral Scholarship of the Studienstiftung, Germany
2011:Max-Planck-Society Grant for research project at NUS, Singapore
2009:Studienstiftung Mobility Scholarship to study at UC Berkeley, USA
2007–2011:Fellowship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
2006:German Chemical Society Award (GDCh prize) for “Outstanding Achievements in Chemistry at High School”
2006:Jugend forscht Prize Winner (Chemistry) at the National Level for “Sustainability Research in Biotechnology”, Bundeswettbewerb (Freiburg)
2005:Third Round-Award of the German Chemistry Olympiad
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