Prof. Dr. Franc Meyer

Short Biography

Born 1965 in Hamburg
06/1991 Diploma (Prof. Paetzold, RWTH Aachen)
10/1993 PhD (Prof. Paetzold, RWTH Aachen)
01/1994 - 02/1995 Postdoc (Prof. Armentrout, University of Utah, Salt Lake City / USA)
06/2000 Habilitation at Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg (Prof. Huttner)
06/2000 - 09/2001 Privatdozent at Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg
12/2000 - 01/2001 Visting Professor at the University of Vienna / Austria
2001 Offer for a professorship of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Basel / Switzerland (declined)
since 10/2001 Full Professor at the Georg-August University Göttingen
2004 Offer for a professorship of Inorganic and General Chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (declined)

Fellowships and Awards  

1991 Springorum medal (RWTH Aachen)
1994 Borchers medal (RWTH Aachen)
03/1995 - 02/1997 Liebig fellowship (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie)
03/1997 - 02/2000 Habilitandenstipendium (DFG)
08/2000 - 09/2001 Heisenberg fellowship (DFG)
03/2001 Dozentenstipendium (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie)
05/2001 Freudenberg award (Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften)
05/2004 Steinhofer lecturer 2004 (Steinhofer Foundation / Albrecht-Ludwigs University Freiburg)
02/2012 Animesh Chakravorty Endowment Lecture (Chemical Research Society of India, CRSI)
07/2015 Egon Wiberg lecturer 2015 (LMU München)
since 2013 Ordinary Member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities
since 2014 Member of the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund
since 2015 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina 
11/2021 Margot Becke lecture 2021 (University of Heidelberg)
09/2022  GDCh Prize for Inorganic Chemistry

Selected Professional Activities  

2004 - 2006 Member of the Management Committee of the European COST action D21
2005 - 2007 Dean of studies, Department of Chemistry, Georg-August-University Göttingen
2006 - 2012 Scientific Advisory Board Member, Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry
2006 - 2013 Spokesperson of the DFG-funded International Research Training Group "Metal Sites in Biomolecules: Structures, Regulation and Mechanisms" (IGRK 1422)
2008 - 2012 Member of the DFG Review Board (Vice Chair of the Review Panel on Molecular Chemistry)
2008 - 2015 Managing director of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Georg-August-University Göttingen
2008 - 2017 Nomination Committee for the Horst-Dietrich-Hardt award, University of Saarland
since 2009 Spokesperson of the International PhD program "Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis (CaSuS)" funded by the State of Lower Saxony
2009 - 2013 Member of the Advisory Committee for the "International Symposia on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry (ISABC)"
2010 - 2015 Member of the Management Committee of the European COST action CM1003
2012 - 2016 Member of the Planning Committee for the "International Conferences on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC)"
2013 - 2018 Scientific Advisory Board Member and Chairman of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI-CEC)
2014 - 2019 Member of the DFG Senate Committee on Research Training Groups
2014 - 2017 Member of the DFG Senate
2015 - 2022 Board Member of the Wöhler association of the GDCh 
since 2016 Member of the Research Advisory Board of the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie" (FCI)
2019 – 2021  Dean, Department of Chemistry, Georg-August-University Göttingen)
since 2020 Member of the Georg Forster Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2021 – 2023  Dean of Research, Department of Chemistry, Georg-August-University Göttingen
since 2021 Scientific Advisory Board Member of the Chemistry Department, University of Basel
since 2023 Member of the DFG Senate Committee of Collaborative Research Centers

Editorial Functions

2009 - 2013 International Advisory Board Member "European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry"
2011 - 2013 Editorial Board Member "Inorganica Chimica Acta"
2011 - 2013 Editorial Board Member “Current Inorganic Chemistry
2012 - 2015 Editorial Board Member "Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry"
since 2013 Associate Editor of the ACS journal "Inorganic Chemistry"
since 2018 Editorial Board Member "Magnetochemistry"
since 2019 Advisory Board Member ''Science China Chemistry''
since 2021 Associate Editor of the journal "ACS Organic & Inorganic Au"