Benjamin List

Benjamin List was born in 1968 in Frankfurt, Germany. He graduated from Freie University Berlin (1993) and received his Ph.D. (1997) from the University of Frankfurt (Mulzer). After postdoctoral studies (1997-1998) as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at The Scripps Research Institute (Lerner), he became an Assistant Professor there in January 1999.

Subsequently he developed the first proline-catalyzed asymmetric intermolecular aldol-, Mannich-, Michael and α-amination reactions. He moved to the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in 2003 and is currently a director and a honorary professor at the University of Cologne. His research interests are new catalysis concepts, bioorganic chemistry and natural product synthesis.