Prof. Dr. Lukas Hintermann


Organic Chemistry

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research of Prof. Hintermann (b. 1972) focuses on the development of highly active and selective catalysts for organic synthesis. Such catalysts can be used both in basic molecular research and in industrial production. The aim is to achieve sustainable and efficient chemical synthesis to provide new materials using minimal of resources.

Prof. Hintermann studied chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. He obtained his doctorate at the university’s Laboratory for Inorganic Chemistry (2000). Following a period as a JSPS fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology (2001/2), he moved to RWTH Aachen. There, he headed up an Emmy Noether junior research group funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (lecturer qualification in 2008). In fall 2009, he was appointed associate professor at TUM.


  • Friedrich Wilhelm Prize of the RWTH Aachen University (2009)
  • Heisenberg Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (2009)
  • SNF Professorship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2009)
  • Medal of the ETH (2001)

Schlüter J, Blazejak M, Boeck F, Hintermann L: „Asymmetric Hydroalkoxylation of Non-Activated Alkenes: Titanium-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization of Allylphenols at High Temperatures”. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2015; 54(13): 4014–4017. 


Dang TT, Boeck F, Hintermann L: „Hidden Brønsted Acid Catalysis: Pathways of Accidental or Deliberate Generation of Triflic Acid from Metal Triflates”. The Journal of Organic Chemistry. 2011; 76(22): 9353–9361. 


Boeck F, Kribber T, Xiao L, Hintermann L: „Mixed Phosphane η5-CpRuCl(PR3)2 Complexes as Ambifunctional Catalysts for Anti-Markovnikov Hydration of Terminal Alkynes". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011; 133(21): 8138–8141.


Hintermann L, Xiao L, Labonne A: “A General and Selective Copper-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Tertiary Grignard Reagents with Azacyclic Electrophiles”. Angewandte Chemie. 2008; 120: 8370–8374.


Hintermann L, Togni A: “Catalytic Enantioselective Fluorination of beta-Ketoesters”. Angewandte Chemie. 2000; 112: 4530–4533.