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Prof. Dr. Matthias Höhne becomes a new professor at the Institute of Chemistry

We warmly welcome

Prof. Dr. Matthias Höhne.
He represents the department "Biocatalysis/Biological Chemistry" at the Institute of Chemistry since February 01, 2023.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Höhne studied biochemistry at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald. In 2009 he received his PhD there with a thesis on the synthesis of optically active amines with ω-transaminases. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Heidelberg until 2011, conducting research in organic chemistry on the selection of enantioselective iridium-DNA hybrid catalysts. From 2012 to 2018, he was a junior professor at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald and subsequently a junior research group leader there. In 2018, he received an ERC Starting Grant.

With his field of biocatalysis/biological chemistry, he will advance the environmentally compatible synthesis of (fine) chemicals. To this end, methods of biochemical characterization of structure-function relationships in particular will be used to understand key properties of enzymes as well as reaction mechanisms at the molecular level and to modify them in a targeted manner. One focus is on adapting and optimizing enzymes for the synthesis of industrially relevant compounds.