Chemist, University Heidelberg, 1978. Doctor rerum naturalium (Doctor in Sciences), University Heidelberg, 1982.
Postdoctoral fellow, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982-1984; hochschulasst., U. Heidelberg, Germany, 1984-1989; professor of chemistry, Technology U. Braunschweig, Germany, 1990-1993; professor of chemistry, U. Bochum, Germany, since 1993. Member of advisory board Wiley-VCh.
Member Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, American Chemical Society.
Married Marianne Elisabeth Adam, June 9, 1978. Children: Julia, Tim.