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Prof. Dr. Roland A. Fischer



Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Roland A. Fischer (*1961) conducts research in the field of inorganic and metal-organic synthetic chemistry. His particular interest lies in the development of functional molecular materials with potential for use in energy conversion, catalysis, gas storage and separation, sensing, photonics and microelectronics. One of his research goals is the integration of chemical and physical multifunctionality in photoactive, conductive, and stimuli-responsive Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs).
Professor Roland A. Fischer studied Chemistry at TUM and obtained his Dr. rer. nat. with Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann in 1989. After a postdoctoral period at the University of California at Los Angeles with Prof. Herbert D. Kaesz, he completed his postdoctoral teaching qualification at TUM (1990-1995). He was Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Heidelberg University from 1996 to 1997 and at Ruhr-University Bochum from 1997 to 2015. He was Graduate Dean of Ruhr-University Research School. Since 2016, Professor Fischer has held the Chair of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry at TUM.


  • Alfried Krupp Award for young University Professors (1996)
  • Karl-Winnacker Fellowship (1995)
  • Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award (1993)
  • Dissertation Award, TUM (1989)

Key Publications (all publications)

Fischer RA, et al.: “A New Class of Lasing Materials: Intrinsic Stimulated Emission from Nonlinear Optically Active Metal–Organic Frameworks”. Adv. Mater. 2017; 29(17).


Fischer RA, et al.: "Co@Co3O4 Encapsulated in Carbon Nanotube-Grafted Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Polyhedra as an Advanced Bifunctional Oxygen Electrode". Angew. Chem. Int Ed. 2016; 55(12): 4087-4091.


Fischer RA, et al.: „Directing the Breathing Behavior of Pillared-Layered Metal Organic Frameworks via a Systematic Library of Functionalized Linkers Bearing Flexible Substituents“. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012; 134(22): 9464-9474.


Fischer RA, et al.: “Twelve One-Electron Ligands Coordinating One Metal Center: Structure and Bonding of Mo(ZnCH3)9(ZnCp*)3”. Angew. Chem. Int Ed. 2008; 47(47): 9150-9154.


Fischer RA, et al.: “Ruthenium nanoparticles inside porous Zn4O(BDC)3 by hydrogenolysis of adsorbed [Ru(cod)(cot)]: A solid-state reference system for surfactant-stabilized ruthenium colloids.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008; 130(19): 6119-6130.