Center for NMR Spectroscopy

Dr. Sebastian Kemper

Office C3
Building C
Room C 6
Address Straße des 17. Juni 115
10623 Berlin

Academic career

2012 to presentHead of NMR Organic Chemistry Section at TU Berlin 
2010-2011Postdoctoral candidate, Application of Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, University of Nottingham (Prof. W. Köckenberger) 
2006-2010Doctoral dissertation “Analysis and Application of Saturation Transfer Difference (STD) Experiments - Paramagnetic NMR for the Investigation of Chiral Metal Catalysts," Institute of Chemistry, University of Cologne (Prof. A. Berkessel, N. E. Schlörer) 
2007/2008Research stays, Chemical Research Lab, University of Oxford (Prof. T. D. W. Claridge) 
2006Diplom thesis “Investigation of the Mechanism of Enantioselective Metal-catalyzed Ring Openings of Epoxides,” Institute of Chemistry, University of Cologne (Prof. A. Berkessel, N. E. Schloerer) 
2001-2006Studied chemistry at the University of Cologne 

Where to find me


F. Kaspar, F. Brandt, S. Westarp, L. Eilert, S. Kemper, A. Kurreck, P. Neubauer, C. R. Jacob and A. Schallmey, "Biased Borate Esterification during Nucleoside Phosphorylase-Catalyzed Reactions: Apparent Equilibrium Shifts and Kinetic Implications**" , Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. n/a, no. n/a, pp. e202218492.


Y. Xiong, S. Dong, S. Yao, C. Dai, J. Zhu, S. Kemper and M. Driess, "An Isolable 2,5-Disila-3,4-Diphosphapyrrole and a Conjugated Si=P-Si=P-Si=N Chain Through Degradation of White Phosphorus with a N,N-Bis(Silylenyl)Aniline" , ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, vol. 61, no. 37, Sep. 2022.


F. Kaspar, M. Seeger, S. Westarp, C. Koellmann, A. P. Lehmann, P. Pausch, S. Kemper, P. Neubauer, G. Bange, A. Schallmey, D. B. Werz and A. Kurreck, "Diversification of 4 `-Methylated Nucleosides by Nucleoside Phosphorylases" , ACS CATALYSIS, vol. 11, no. 17, pp. 10830-10835, Sep. 2021.
H. Fang, K. Xie, S. Kemper and M. Oestreich, "Consecutive beta,beta `-Selective C(sp(3))-H Silylation of Tertiary Amines with Dihydrosilanes Catalyzed by B(C6F5)(3)" , ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, vol. 60, no. 15, pp. 8542-8546, Apr. 2021.
T. He, G. Wang, P. Long, S. Kemper, E. Irran, H. F. T. Klare and M. Oestreich, "Intramolecular Friedel-Crafts alkylation with a silylium-ion-activated cyclopropyl group: formation of tricyclic ring systems from benzyl-substituted vinylcyclopropanes and hydrosilanes" , CHEMICAL SCIENCE, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 569-575, Jan. 2021.


P. Shaykhutdinova, S. Kemper and M. Oestreich, "Refinement of the Catalyst Backbone of Chiral Intramolecular Silicon-Sulfur Lewis Pairs: Improved Enantioselectivity in the Diels-Alder Reaction of Cyclohexa-1,3-diene and Chalcone Derivatives" , EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, vol. 2018, no. 23, pp. 2896-2901, Jun. 2018.


N. O. Thiel, S. Kemper and J. F. Teichert, "Copper(I)-catalyzed stereoselective hydrogenation of 1,3-diynes and enynes" , TETRAHEDRON, vol. 73, no. 33, pp. 5023-5028, Aug. 2017.


Q. Yin, S. Kemper, H. F. T. Klare and M. Oestreich, "Boron Lewis Acid-Catalyzed Hydroboration of Alkenes with Pinacolborane: BAr3F Does What B(C6F5)(3) Cannot Do" , CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, vol. 22, no. 39, pp. 13840-13844, Sep. 2016.


S. Cociancich, A. Pesic, D. Petras, S. Uhlmann, J. Kretz, V. Schubert, L. Vieweg, S. Duplan, M. Marguerettaz, J. Noell, I. Pieretti, M. Hugelland, S. Kemper, A. Mainz, P. Rott, M. Royer and R. D. Suessmuth, "The gyrase inhibitor albicidin consists of p-aminobenzoic acids and cyanoalanine" , NATURE CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 195-U178, Mar. 2015.
T. Stahl, P. Hrobarik, C. D. F. Koenigs, Y. Ohki, K. Tatsumi, S. Kemper, M. Kaupp, H. F. T. Klare and M. Oestreich, "Mechanism of the cooperative Si-H bond activation at Ru-S bonds" , CHEMICAL SCIENCE, vol. 6, no. 7, pp. 4324-4334, 2015.


A. Pesic, B. Steinhaus, S. Kemper, J. Nachtigall, H. J. Kutzner, G. Hoefle and R. D. Suessmuth, "Isolation and structure elucidation of the nucleoside antibiotic strepturidin from Streptomyces albus DSM 40763" , JOURNAL OF ANTIBIOTICS, vol. 67, no. 6, pp. 471-477, Jun. 2014.


S. Kemper, M. K. Patel, J. C. Errey, B. G. Davis, J. A. Jones and T. D. W. Claridge, "Group epitope mapping considering relaxation of the ligand (GEM-CRL): Including longitudinal relaxation rates in the analysis of saturation transfer difference (STD) experiments" , JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE, vol. 203, no. 1, pp. 1-10, Mar. 2010.


S. Kemper, P. Hrobarik, M. Kaupp and N. E. Schloerer, "Jacobsen's Catalyst for Hydrolytic Kinetic Resolution: Structure Elucidation of Paramagnetic Co(III) Salen Complexes in Solution via Combined NMR and Quantum Chemical Studies" , JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 131, no. 12, pp. 4172+, Apr. 2009.
L. Drouin, E. C. Stanca-Kaposta, P. Saundh, A. J. Fairbanks, S. Kemper, T. D. W. Claridge and J. P. Simons, "A C-linked Glycomimetic in the Gas Phase and in Solution: Synthesis and Conformation of the Disaccharide Man alpha(1,6)-C-Man alpha OPh" , CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, vol. 15, no. 16, pp. 4057-4069, 2009.
I. Perez-Victoria, S. Kemper, M. K. Patel, J. M. Edwards, J. C. Errey, L. F. Primavesi, M. J. Paul, T. D. W. Claridge and B. G. Davis, "Saturation transfer difference NMR reveals functionally essential kinetic differences for a sugar-binding repressor protein" , CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, no. 39, pp. 5862-5864, 2009.