Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bach



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research of Prof. Bach (b. 1965) is focused on organic synthesis chemistry, in particular stereoselective transformations. He has developed new methods using, among others, photochemical processes, the research into and use of new catalytic reactions (C-H activation, oxidation catalysis, Lewis acid catalysis) and the total synthesis of complex natural products (including GE 2270 A, meloscine, podophyllotoxin, punctaporonin C).

After studying chemistry at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Southern California, he received his doctorate in 1991 at the University of Marburg. After a postdoctoral stay at Harvard University (with D.A. Evans), he commenced his lecturing qualification at the University of Münster (1992-1996). He subsequently took up a teaching and research role at the University of Marburg (1997-2000) before moving to TUM in 2000. Since 2006, he has been an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and he became a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in 2009.


  • Degussa Award for Chirality in Chemistry (2006)
  • Novartis European Young Investigator Award (2004)
  • AstraZeneca Research Award for Organic Chemistry (2001)
  • Dozentenstipendium des Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (1997)
  • ADUC-Jahrespreis für Habilitanden (1995)

Key Publications

Delgado O, Müller HM, Bach T: “Concise total synthesis of the thiazolyl peptide antibiotic GE2270 A”. Chem. Eur. J. 2008; 14(8): 2322-2339.


Mühlthau F, Stadler D, Goeppert A, Olah GA, Prakash GKS, Bach T: „Chiral α-branched benzylic carbenium ions: diastereoselective intermolecular reactions with arene nucleophiles and NMR-spectroscopic studies”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006; 128(30): 9668-9675.


Bauer A, Westkämper F, Grimme S, Bach T: “Catalytic enantioselective reactions driven by photoinduced electron transfer”. Nature. 2005; 436: 1139-1140.


Bach T, Bergmann H, Harms K: “Enantioselective intramolecular [2+2]-photocycloaddition reactions in solution”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2000; 39(13): 2302-2304.


Bach T, Jödicke K, Kather K, Fröhlich R: “1,3-Allylic strain as a control element in the Paternò-Büchi reaction of chiral silyl enol ethers: synthesis of diastereomerically pure oxetanes containing four contiguous stereogenic centers”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997; 119(10): 2437-2445.