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chemist , university professor

Hans-Ulrich Reissig is a German chemist and full professor of Organic Chemistry at FU Berlin.


Reissig, Hans-Ulrich was born on May 9, 1949 in Helmbrechts, Bavaria, Germany. Son of Helmut and Gertraud (Meister) Reissig.


Reissig studied chemistry at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany) from 1970 to 1975, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1978 under the supervision of Rolf Huisgen, with a thesis "eue Beiträge zu den Additionen der Diazoalkane und zur Chemie der 3H-Pyrazole" (Contributions to the Additions of Diazoalkanes and the Chemistry of 3H-Pyrazoles).


After a postdoctoral research stay at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, with Edward Piers (1938–2010), he started his independent research at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany) in 1979 under the mentorship of Siegfried Hünig finishing his habilitation in 1984 (Chemistry of Donor-Acceptor Cyclopropanes). As Heisenberg awardee and lecturer he stayed in Würzburg until 1986. From 1986 to 1993, he was associate professor at TH Darmstadt and after the German reunification full professor at TU Dresden from 1993 to 1999.

Since 1999 he has been professor at FU Berlin from 1999 till his retirement in 2015.


  • His research interests include the development of new synthetic methods, the investigation of reaction mechanisms and the synthesis of natural products. In 1980 he introduced the term “Donor-Acceptor Substituted Cyclopropanes” and used these building blocks systematically in his research. He is particularly interested in reactions of lithiated alkoxyallenes, the use of samarium diiodide in synthesis and cycloadditions of nitroso alkenes.

    Besides the synthesis of a broad range of heterocycles his group achieved total syntheses of natural products (strychnine, γ-rubromycin etc) as well as the syntheses of bioactive compounds such as carbohydrate mimetics. Reissig was awarded the Karl-Winnacker Fellowship of the Hoechst AG in 1985. He has been a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 2012 and received the Liebig Medal of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker in 2014.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Liebigs Annalen, 1995-1997, European Journal Organic Chemistry, since 1998.


Married Elke Seidel.

Helmut Reissig

Gertraud (Meister) Reissig

Elke Seidel.