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Manfred T. Reetz


Manfred T. Reetz

Distinguished Professor, TIB, Tianjin, China 

Tel. in Germany:  +49-(0)2083062020





Professional Experience  

2017-now, Distinguished Professor, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tianjin, China   
2011-now, Emeritus professor at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, Germany
2011-2018, Emeritus professor in the Chemistry Department of Philipps-University, Marburg/Germany, as an external group leader of the Mülheim Max-Planck-Institute.
1991-2011, Director and Scientific Member at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim, Germany
1980-1991, Full professor in the Chemistry Department of Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany
1978-1980, Associate Professor at University of Bonn, Germany
1972-1978, Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department of Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
1971-1972, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Chemistry Department of Philipps-University Marburg, Germany under the guidance of Reinhard W. Hoffmann

Honors and Awards (Since 2019)

2018  Biocat Award for Lifetime Achievements in Biocatalysis (International)
2018-now  Distinguished Scientist (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
2017  BioTrans Senior Award (International)
2016  Honorary Member of the Israel Chemical Society
2014  Chirality Medal (International)
2012  IKCOC Prize (Japan)
2011  Otto Hahn Prize (German Chemical Society and German Physics Society)
2011  Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry (International)
2009  Yamada-Koga Prize (Japan)
2009  Arthur C. Cope Award, American Chemical Society (USA)
2007  Ruhr Prize for Arts and Sciences (Germany)
2007  Honorary Professor at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (China)
2006  Prelog Medal (Switzerland)
2006  Ernst Hellmut Vits Prize (Germany)
2005-now  Foreign Member 0f the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Netherlands)
2005  Karl Ziegler Prize (German Chemical Society)
2005  Cliff S. Hamilton Award in Organic Chemistry (USA)
2003  Centenary Lecture Award (UK)
2003  Hans Herloff Inhoffen Medal (Germany)
2001-now  Member of the Academy of Sciences of the State of NRW (Germany)
2000  Nagoya Gold Medal of Organic Chemistry (Japan)
1997-now  Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
1997  Fluka Reagent of the Year (Lipase Immobilizates)
1992-2010  Honorary Professor in Chemistry Department, Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)
1989  Leibniz Prize (highest award of the German Research Council DFG)
1976  German Chemical Industries Award (FCI)

Research Interests 

Manfred T. Reetz began independent research in 1972 by developing the concept of dyotropic rearrangements, followed by the development of chemo- and stereoselective organometallic reagents and catalysts in organic chemistry. Following work on the immobilization of lipases in sol-gel matrices, the Reetz-group pioneered in 1997 the concept of directed evolution of stereo- and regioselective enzymes as efficient catalysts in organic chemistry and biotechnology. As a result, a new research field unfolded with the participation of many groups around the world, which led to the elimination of the long-standing limitations of enzymes. Today it constitutes a prolific source of catalysts for a wide variety of different asymmetric transformations, including enantioselective hydrolysis, oxidation, reduction, and C-C bond forming reactions. Ongoing methodology development in the Reetz-group continues to enhance the efficacy of this protein engineering method.
M. T. Reetz has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers, a dozen book chapters and a book on organotitanium reagents (1986). Another monograph on “Directed Evolution of Selective Enzymes: Catalysts for Organic Chemistry and Biotechnology” appeared in October 2016 (Wiley-VCH). He has authored 27 patents/applications. Reetz has been cited more than 51,000 times and has an h-index of 114 (Google).

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