CV Prof. Lichtenthaler

Frieder W. Lichtenthaler

Dr. rer. nat., Dr. h.c. Professor für Organische Chemie

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Heidelberg (Jan 19,1932), died Nov 6, 2018
Parents: Wilhelm Lichtenthaler, Rektor, and Emma Hick
Married since 1966 with Evemaria von Infeld; three children (Matthias, Johannes, Kathrin)

Professional Data

  • 1952 Study of chemistry at the University of Heidelberg, work in chemical industry (BASF) for 8 semester vacations
  • 1957 Diploma thesis “On the Pinner Reaction with Phosphoric Acids” University of Heidelberg (F.Cramer)
  • 1959 Dr. rer. nat. University of Heidelberg (F. Cramer)
  • 1959-1961 Junior Research Biochemist, University of California, Berkeley (H.O.L. Fischer)
  • 1.10.1961 DFG-Habilitationsstipendiat, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt
  • 1963 Habilitation in Organic Chemistry, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt
  • 1969 Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt
  • 1972 Offer of chair position at the University of Kiel, the University of Hohenheim and Technische Hochschule Darmstadt
  • 1972-2000 Chair Professor, Organic Chemistry, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt
  • 1976-1977 Dean, Faculty of Chemistry
  • 31.03.2000 Professor emeritus, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Memberships

  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (since 1953)
  • American Chemical Society (since 1959)
  • Chemical Society of Japan (since 1973)
  • European Carbohydrate Organization (since 1983, President 1986-88)
  • Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry, London (FRSC, since 1985)
  • European Union COST action D29 „Sustainable/Green Chemistry and Chemical Technology”, German Representative 2000-2005

Consultantships with Companies

Boehringer Mannheim: 1965 – 1968
Merck AG, Darmstadt: 1968 – 1972, 1975 – 1980
Henning Berlin: 1973 – 1974
Siegfried AG, Zofingen: 1978 – 1980
Südzucker AG: 1978 – 2003

Guest Professorships

  • 1973 Keio University, Tokyo (JSPS Fellowship, with T. Suami)
  • 1976 Kyoto University (JSPS Fellowship, with M. Nakajima)
  • 1981 Tongji University, Shanghai
  • 1982 University of California, Berkeley (W. S. Dauben)
  • 1992 Yokohama City University
  • 1995 Kossuth University, Debrecen (A. Lipták)

Honors

  • 1988 Kitasato Medal by Kitasato University, Tokyo
  • 1992 Honorary Professorship, Yokohama City University
  • 1993 Dr. h. c., Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary
  • 1994 Science Award of Sugar Processing Research Institution, New Orleans, USA
  • 2004 Elected Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Main Research Areas

  • Studies towards utilization of bulk-scale accessible carbohydrates as organic raw materials
  • Total syntheses of enantiopure non-carbohydrate natural products from sugars
  • Synthesis of biologically relevant oligosaccharides with β-D-mannose, β-L-rhamnose units and β-D-mannosamine via the ulosyl donor approach
  • Molecular modelling of chemical and biological properties of saccharides

Publications

  • over 300 original papers in refereed journals
  • 9 Review articles
  • 5 Patents
  • Book: “Carbohydrates as Organic Raw Materials”, VCH-Wiley, Weinheim, 1991.
  • approx. 400 scientific lectures in and outside of Germany (mainly USA, Japan, UK, Hungary, Spain)