Dr. Detlef Schröder, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, passed away on August 22, 2012. Dr. Schöder was a well-respected chemist in the area of mass spectrometry. His work involved increasing our fundamental understanding of diatomic molecules, organic reaction mechanisms, and inorganic chemistry and included questions of astrochemical interest as well as biochemical problems.
Detlef Schröder was born in Wilster, Germany, and studied chemistry at Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany, graduating in 1989. He completed his Ph.D. at the same university under the supervision of Professor Helmut Schwarz. From 1989–2006, he worked as a scientific researcher at the Institute for Organic Chemistry of the TU Berlin. During this time, he also worked towards his Habilitation, which he gained in 2007 from the same university. In 2006, Schröder moved to the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, as Senior Scientist. He was promoted to Group Leader for Spectroscopy and Physical Organic Chemistry there in 2007 and to Distinguished Chair of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2011.
Schröder served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry. He will be greatly missed.
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