Institute of Chemistry



Dr. Torben Rogger Named New Liebig Research Training Group Leader

Beginning 1 April 2023, Dr. Torben Rogge will be joining the Institute of Chemistry as a Liebig fellow of the Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V., where he will be leading a research training group focused on the interface of synthetic organic chemistry and theoretical chemistry. Specifically, the group will be investigating the development of innovative synthesis strategies in the field of photocatalysis, with a particular focus on combining photochemistry and transition metal catalysis for the preparation of fluorinated, pharmaceutically relevant compounds. In addition to organic synthesis methods, detailed computational chemistry studies will also be performed to gain deep insights into the reaction mechanism.

Dr. Torben Rogge studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen where he completed his doctorate on experimental and computational studies on ruthenium and manganese-catalyzed C-H and C-C activation under the supervision of Professor Dr. Lutz Ackermann in 2019. Rogge continued his work in the Ackermann group as a postdoc until 2021. He was then named a Feodor von Lynen fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, moving to Los Angeles to work with Professor Dr. Kendall N. Houk at the University of California, performing computational investigations into reaction mechanisms of organic and enzyme-catalyzed transformations.

Bild von Dr. Torben Rogge © Pengchen Ma, UCLA