New Term of Office for H. Schwarz

New Term of Office for H. Schwarz

Author: ChemViews

Professor Helmut Schwarz, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, will serve another five-year term as President of the Humboldt Foundation. The Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Guido Westerwelle, permitted the re-appointment following a unanimous proposal by the Board of Trustees in May of this year. The new office commences on 1 January 2013 and runs until 31 December 2017. Schwarz is the sixth president since the inception of the Foundation in 1953.

Helmut Schwarz has been President of the Humboldt Foundation since January 2008. He studied chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin). There he earned his doctorate in 1972 and his Habilitation in 1974. Four years later, Schwarz was appointed professor of theory and practice of mass spectrometry at the TU Berlin. Since 1983 he has been Professor of Organic Chemistry there.

His research centers on chemistry in the gas phase and combines experimental studies with theoretical methods. Recently, he has focused on selective bond activation in organic molecules by transition-metal species and the mapping of potential energy surfaces by locating and characterizing minima and transition states to elucidate observed reaction pathways and mechanisms.

Helmut Schwarz has published more than 900 scientific articles, is editor of several journals, and holds five honorary doctorates. He has received numerous awards, including the Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse (Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany).

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