Prof. Dr. Fritz Kühn


Molecular Catalysis

Academic Career and Research Areas

Fritz E. Kühn received his doctoral degree at the Technische Universität München (TUM, Germany) in 1994, and worked at Texas A&M University (USA) as postdoctoral research associate. After that he executed his “Habilitation” at TUM between 1996 and 2000. In 2002 he started lecturing at TUM Asia, a joint venture of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and TUM. In 2005 he accepted a position as Principal Investigator at the Instituto Technologico e Nuclear (ITN) in Sacavem (Portugal). In 2006 he was appointed Professor of Molecular Catalysis at TUM and returned to Germany. Fritz Kühn has also given lectures at the Nanjing Technological University in China for a couple of years and was appointed Visiting Professor at NUS (Singapore) in 2008. Fritz Kühn is departmental Dean of Internationalization since 2007, Faculty Graduate Dean since 2010, Member of the Board of TUM Create (Singapore) since 2012 and Dean of Studies since 2016.

Focus of his research is on organometallic chemistry and its application in molecular catalysis, bio-inspired chemistry and medicinal chemistry. Fritz Kühn has received several awards for his scientific work, is author or co-author of more than 500 scientific publications and ca. 20 patens. His h-index is currently 63.


  • Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore (2008)
  • Hans Fischer Prize of the Hans Fischer Society (2003)
  • Otto Roelen Medal of the DECHEMA (1999)

M. A. Bernd, F. Dyckhoff, B. J. Hofmann, A. D. Böth, J. F. Schlagintweit, J. Oberkofler, R. M. Reich, F. E. Kühn*: “Tuning the electronic properties of tetradentate iron-NHC complexes: Towards stable and selective epoxidation catalysts”. Journal of Catalysis. 2020; 391: 548-561.


D. Xu, H. Li, G. Pan, P. Huang, J. Oberkofler, R. M. Reich, F. E. Kühn*, H. Guo*: “Visible light-induced metal-free olefin-olefin coupling for building seven- and eight-membered rings”. Org. Letters. 2020; 22: 4372-4377.


L. Pardatscher, B. J. Hofmann, P. J. Fischer, S. M. Hölzl, R. M. Reich, F. E. Kühn,* W. Baratta*: “Highly Efficient Abnormal NHC Ruthenium Catalyst for Oppenauer-Type Oxidation and Transfer Hydrogenation Reactions”. ACS Catalysis. 2019; 9: 11302-11306.


E. B. Bauer, A. Haase, R. M. Reich, D. C. Crans*, F. E. Kühn*: “Organometallic and coordination rhenium compounds and their potential in cancer therapy”. Coord. Chem. Rev.. 2019; 393: 79-117.


B. J. Hofmann, R. G. Harms, S. P. Schwaminger, R. M. Reich, F. E. Kühn*: “Reactivity of Re2O7 in Aromatic Solvents – Cleavage of a β-O-4 Lignin Model Substrate by Lewis-acidic Rhenium Oxide Nanoparticles”. J. Catal..2019; 373: 190-200.