Prof. Dr. Rainer Herges

Contact Information

rherges [at]
Otto-Diels-Institut für Organische Chemie
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Otto-Hahn-Platz 4
24098 Kiel
Raum 220
phone: +49 (0)431 880-2440
fax: +49 (0)431 880-1558

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Curriculum Vitae


Oct. 1975 - March 1981, chemistry at Saarland University, Saarbrücken - 10 semesters


March 1981, Saarbrücken

Diploma Thesis

Title: "Valence Isomerization and Ring Inversion of Cyclopheptatrienes" with Prof. Dr. H. Dürr.


July 1981 - July 1984; Department for Organic Chemistry, Technical University of Munich. Title: "Computer Aided Deductive Search for Novel Reactions and their Experimental Realization", with Prof. I. Ugi, summa cum laude.


Sept. 1984 - Sept. 1985; University of Southern California, Los Angeles with Prof. G. A. Olah. "Synthesis of Carbocations and Dications"


Dec. 1985 - July 1992; Institute for Organic Chemistry, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg with Prof. P. v. R. Schleyer. Title: "Reaction Planning: Rational Design of Chemical Reactions"

Professor (C3)

since Feb. 1, 1996, Institute for Organic Chemistry, Technical University of Braunschweig.

Professor (C4)

since March 1, 2001, Institute for Organic Chemistry, Christiana-Albertina University of Kiel

Visiting Professor

1995, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France
1998, Stanford University, California, USA
2005, University of Melbourne, Australia
2012, Australian National University, Canberra
2017, MIT, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


1981, Ph.D. scholarship of the Fund of the Chemical Industry
1984, Feodor Lynen scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
1986, Ph. D. Award of the Technical University of Munich
1986, Liebig scholarship of the Fund of the Chemical Industry
1993, Chemical Structure Association Trust Award
1993, ADUC Jahrespreis für Habilitanden
2005, Wilsmore Fellowship, University of Melbourne
2007, Rubin lectureship, Technion, Haifa
2009, Honorary Membership of the Israel Chemical Society
2012, Musher Memorial Lecturer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2015, Science Award of the City of Kiel
2019, Nozoe Lectureship, Sapporo, Japan
2019, Rudolf-Gompper-Memorial-Lecture, Bad Honnef, Germany

Research Areas

synthetic chemistry
surface chemistry
supramolecular chemistry
computational chemistry

Other Posts

since 2014 Chair of selection board of Emil-Fischer-Medaille of GDCh
since 2006 Chairman of SFB 677 "Function by Switching"
2002 Board Member of the GDCh devision Computational Chemistry
2008 Project Officer of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Key Publications

Reaction Planning: Computer-Aided Discovery of a Novel Elimination Reaction
R. Herges, C. Hoock
Science 1992, 255, 711-713

Delocalization of Electrons in Molecules
D. Geuenich, R. Herges
J. Phys. Chem. A 2001, 105, 3214-3220

Synthesis of a Moebius aromatic hydrocarbon
D. Ajami, O. Oeckler, A. Simon, R. Herges
Nature 2003, 426, 819-821

Mounting Freestanding Molecular Functions onto Sufaces: The Platform Approach
B. Baisch, D. Raffa, U. Jung, O. Magnussen, C. Nicolas, J. Lacour, J. Kubitschke, R. Herges
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 442-44

Magnetic Bistability of Molecules in Homogeneous Solution
S. Venkatamarani, U. Jana, M. Dommaschk, F. Soennichsen, F. Tuczek, R. Herges
Science 2011, 331, 445-448