Born December 13, 1967 in Wiesbaden, Germany
Director of the MPI for chemical energy conversion, Department of Molecular Theory and Spectroscopy, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany.
Prize of the Herbert Quandt Foundation for the best Ph.D. thesis in the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz (1997). Hellmann Award of the German Theoretical Chemistry Society for the Development and Application of new Theoretical Methods (2005). Award of the Northrhine-Westfalia Academy of Sciences for outstanding contributions of younger scientists (2005). Lise Meitner Lectureship for "Outstanding young German Scientists" from the Minerva Supercomputing Center, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (2007). First chemist to be appointed as "Max-Planck fellow" of the Max-Planck Society (2008). Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank award for outstanding young German chemists and physicists (2008). Early Career Award of the International Society of Bioinorganic Chemistry (2009). Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz Award of the German Science Foundation (2010). Jean Perrin Reader Award (2013).