Diploma in chemistry, University Goettingen, Germany, 1968. Doctor in Natural Sciences, University Dortmund, Germany, 1971.
Science assistant, U. Dortmund, 1971-1977; akademik rat, U. Bielefeld, Germany, 1978-1979; akademik oberrat, U. Bielefeld, Germany, 1979-1985; akademik director, U. Bielefield, Germany, since 1985.
Member German Association Chemistry, Royal Society Chemistry, New York Academy of Sciences, Leibniz Society, European Academy of Sciences.
Married Renate Luise Bauernfeind, December 12, 1975. Children: Andreas, Frank.