Dominik Munz

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Saarland University
Inorganic Chemistry: Coordination Chemistry
Campus C4 1, Room 3.02
D-66123 Saarbrücken, Germany

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Dominik grew up in Augsburg and Allgäu.  He studied chemistry at TU Dresden and chemical engineering at ENSC Rennes and ENSC Lille (France).  He obtained his PhD with Thomas Strassner (TU Dresden, Physical Organic Chemistry) in 2013.  After a postdoctoral stint with T. Brent Gunnoe (University of Virginia, USA) within the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization (CCHF) and featuring transition metal catalysis, he performed further postdoctoral work with Guy Bertrand (UC San Diego, USA) in the area of p-block chemistry.  He carried out his habilitation at the chair of Karsten Meyer at FAU Erlangen (Germany) with investigations on multiple bonded late transition metal complexes, iron/cobalt chemistry, and organic biradicals for photochemistry.  In 2020, he assumed his current position as Professor for coordination chemistry at Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany).  Dominik is married to Aline, father of Carlotta, Leander & Marlene, and likes (or used to like) – when not thinking about or doing chemistry – mountains, backpacking, music, and frisbee discs.

 

 

Academic Careeer
since 4/2020Professor for Coordination Chemistry, Saarland University, Saarbrücken.
07/2018  – 03/2020Habilitand (Liebig Fellow) Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Inorganic and General Chemistry (K. Meyer); Habilitation 2021.
12/2016 – 06/2017Junior PI (Liebig Fellow) Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Inorganic and General Chemistry (K. Meyer).  
06/2016 – 11/2016Senior Researcher (DAAD Return Fellow) Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Inorganic and General Chemistry (K. Meyer).
06/2014 – 05/2016Postdoctoral Studies (DAAD Fellow) University of California, San Diego, CA, USA, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry (G. Bertrand).
10/2013 – 05/2014 Postdoctoral Studies University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA. Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization CCHF (T. B. Gunnoe).
05/2013 – 09/2013Postdoctoral Studies TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany. Physical Organic Chemistry (T. Strassner).
04/2009 – 04/2013Dr. rer. nat. in Chemistry (summa cum laude) TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany. Physical Organic Chemistry (T. Strassner).
10/2007 – 03/2009 Diploma in Chemistry (with highest distinction) TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany. Physical Organic Chemistry (T. Strassner).
07/2007 – 09/2007 Internship in Organic Synthesis ENSC Lille, France. Organic Chemistry (P. Grandclaudon).
08/2006 – 06/2007 Graduate Studies  Chemical Engineering ENSC Rennes, Rennes, France.
10/2003 – 07/2006 Undergraduate Studies Chemistry TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
10/2002 – 08/2003 Civil Service Paramedic, Red Cross, Augsburg, Germany.
Awards and Grants
  • Solar Energy Grant by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG (joint with D. Guldi, D. Scheschkewitz, C. B. Yildiz), 2023.
  • Starting Grant by the European Reasearch Council ERC, 2021.
  • Poster Award (A. Grünwald) at the EICC-5 in Moscow by MDPI, 2019.
  • Max-Buchner Fellowship of the DECHEMA (German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology), 2019.
  • Fulbright-Cotrell Award, 2019.
  • Grant by the Boehringer-Ingelheim Foundation, 2019.
  • Top Reviewer for Organometallics, 2018.
  • Poster Award (A. Grünwald) at the ACS Symposium in Heidelberg, 2018.
  • Poster Award by Inorganic Chemistry, Niedersächsisches Katalysesymposium (NIKAS) 2018, Göttingen.
  • Top Reviewer (4th) for Dalton Trans. according to Publons, 2018.
  • Grant by the Dr. Hertha und Helmut Schmauser-Stiftung, 2018.
  • Grant by the Emerging Talents Initiative ETI, 2017.
  • Liebig Habilitation Fellowship of the Fonds der chemischen Industrie (FCI), 12/2016 – 12/2019.
  • Return Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for postdoctoral studies with K. Meyer, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 06/2016 – 12/2016.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for postdoctoral studies with Prof. G. Bertrand, University of California, San Diego, 06/2014 – 05/2016.
  • Travel Grant of the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society (ORCS) for the ORCS conference in Tucson, AZ, USA, 2014.
  • Doctoral Fellowship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), 07/2010 – 12/2012.
  • Travel Grant of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), Section Sustainable Chemistry for the Gordon Research Conference: Green Chemistry, Lucca (Barga), Italy, 2012.
  • Travel Grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the ACS National Spring Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA, 2012.
  • Travel Grant of the Karl-Ziegler-Foundation for the EuCheMS congress in Nürnberg, Germany, 2010.
  • French-German double diploma program 2006–2008.
  • German Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) ambassador to the summer course meeting in Budapest, Hungary, 2006.
Attendances
  • GDCh Colloquium, Universität Kassel, 01/2024 (invited presentation).
  • GDCh Colloquium, Universität Rostock, 12/2023 (invited presentation).
  • MMM-III, 3rd International Conference on Main Group Molecules to Materials, Hyderabad, India, 12/2023 (invited presentation).
  • Colloquium, IISER Pune, Pune, India, 12/2023 (invited presentation).
  • Colloquium, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova, Italy, 10/2023 (invited presentation).
  • 755. WE-Heraeus-Seminar:  Solvation Chemistry and Reactive Molecules (ISRIUM: International Conference on Reactive and Unusual Molecules) , Bad Honnef, 9/2023 (presentation).
  • XXV Conference on Organometallic Chemistry - EuCOMC XXV, Alcalá de Henares, Spain, 9/2023 (presentation).
  • Carbene and Nitrene Symposium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 7/2023 (invited Chemistry Europe Lecturer).
  • Tag der offenen Tür, UdS, 5/2023.
  • Inorganic Colloquium, Universität Oldenburg, 1/2023 (invited presentation).
  • Inorganic Colloquium, Universität Jena, 12/2022 (invited presentation).
  • Inorganic and Organic Colloquium, Université Grenoble Alpes, France, 9/2022 (invited presentation).
  • Inorganic and Organic Colloquium, Stratingh Institute Groningen, The Netherlands, 9/2022 (invited presentation).
  • ICCC, Rimini, Italy, 8/2022, «Palladium Singlet Nitrenes».
  • ICOMC, Prague, Czech Rebublic, 7/2022, «Palladium Singlet Nitrenes».
  • Tag der offenen Tür, UdS, 5/2022.
  • Inorganic Colloquium, RWTH Aachen,4/2022 (invited presentation).
  • Inorganic and Organic Colloquium, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 3/2022 (invited presentation).
  • 30th ATC: Industrial Inorganic Chemistry - Materials and Processes, DECHEMA, Frankfurt, 2/2022 (invited presentation).
  • Anorganisches Kolloquium, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 6/2021 «Palladium Singlet Nitrenes» (invited presentation).
  • Fulbright-Cotrell Workshop 2021, 10/2021, «Computational Chemistry Master Course Prior to and During the Pandemic» (invited presentation).
  • Dream Lecture Series, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Science, 9/2021 «Bond Activation with Zwitterions and Photochemistry with Biradicals» (invited presentation).
  • Wissenschaftsforum ("WiFo") 2021, online, 8/2021, «Bond Activation with Palladium Imides and Nitrenes» (presentation).
  • Anorganisches Kolloquium, Universität Stuttgart, 6/2021 «Bond Activation with Zwitterions and Photochemistry with Biradicals» (invited presentation).
  • Organisches Kolloquium SFB858, 6/2021, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (online), 6/2021 «Bond Activation with Zwitterions and Photochemistry with Biradicals» (invited presentation).
  • FAU Erlangen, 6/2021, «Bond Activation with Zwitterions and Photochemistry with Biradicals» (Habilitationsvortrag).
  • Catalysis Seminar, LIKAT Rostock (online), 04/2021,  «Palladium Nitrenes and Oxidative Addition of strong bonds:  New Mechanisms for Palladium Catalysis» (invited presentation).
  • 54. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker (online/Weimar) of the GeCatS/DECHEMA, 03/2021, «Oxidative Addition of Amines, Alcohols and Water in Palladium Catalysis» (presentation) &  «The spectrochemical Series of Strong Field Ligands» (poster).
  • Michigan State University, Inorganic Seminar (Webinar), 02/2020, «Bond Activation with Zwitterions and Photochemistry with Biradicals» (invited presentation).
  • ECR-IC Webinar, June 2020 (co-organizer).
  • Koordinationschemie-Treffen 2020 (KCT), March 2020, Freiburg (two posters).
  • Metal-Carbene Consortium, February 2020, San Antonio, USA «About Palladium Terminal Imidos in Catalysis» (invited presentation).
  • University of the Saarland, September 2019, Saarbrücken, Germany «About Multiple Bonds of Late Transition Metals and Carbene Building Blocks for Organic Materials» (invited presentation).
  • OMCOS 20 – IUPAC International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis, July 2019, Heidelberg, Germany (poster).
  • Heron8 – Conference on Reactive Intermediates and Unusual Molecules, June 2019, Uluru, Australia (invited presentation).
  • 22. Steinheimer Gespräche, May 2019, Mainz. «Charge Separation in Double Bonds» (presentation).
  • Chemiedozententagung, March 2019, Koblenz. «Hinter der Oxo-Mauer: d8 konfigurierte terminale Imide des Palladiums» (presentation).
  • 15. Koordinationschemikertagung  KCT 2019, March 2019, Munich. «Activation of Strong Bonds by Oxidative Addition» (A. Grünwald, presentation & poster).
  • GDCh Campus Event, October 2018, Erlangen. «Innovation in Catalysis Through Computational Design» (invited presentation).
  • Highlight by www.chemistryviews.org on our work on multiple bonded catalysts.
  • Wöhler Tagung 2018, September 2018, Regensburg. «Small Molecule Activation by A Palladium Terminal Imido» (presentation).
  • Niedersächsisches Katalysesymposium (NIKAS) 2018, September 2018, Göttingen (poster).
  • International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry ICOMC, July 2018, Firenze «A Palladium Terminal Imido for Catalysis with Strong Bonds» (invited presentation).
  • Highlight by www.sciencetrends.com on our work on multiple bonded catalysts, June 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31988/SciTrends.19954
  • Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, June 2018, Erlangen «From Terminal Metal Imides and Oxides to Organic Radicals» (invited presentation).
  • 32nd Molecular Modelling Workshop (MMWS), March 2018, Erlangen «How to Tame a Terminal Palladium Oxo» (presentation).
  • Liebig Fellowship Regional Meeting, March 2018, Regensburg «From Terminal Metal Imides and Oxides» (invited presentation).
  • Daimler-Benz Stiftung, January 2018, Ladenburg «Terminal Imid- und Phosphidkomplexe zur Veredelung von Kohlenwasserstoffen» (invited presentation).
  • TU Munich, Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, January 2018, Munich «CAAC Ligands in Coordination Chemistry – from Theory to the Lab Bench» (invited presentation).
  • ICCE Inorganic Chemistry Conference Erlangen, September 2017, Erlangen «How to Tame a Terminal Palladium Oxo» (invited presentation).
  • 31st Molecular Modelling Workshop (MMWS), March 2017, Erlangen «How to Tame a Terminal Palladium Oxo» (poster).
  • ICCE Inorganic Chemistry Conference Erlangen, September 2016, Erlangen «Donor Functionalized Cyclic(alkyl)(amino)carbenes (CAACs)» (presentation).
  • ACS National Meeting, Spring 2016, San Diego, CA, USA, 2016 «Towards the Stabilization of Late Transition Oxo and Imido Complexes by Cyclic(alkyl)(amino)carbenes (CAACs)» (presentation).
  • ORCS – Organic Reactions Catalysis Society, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2014 «Catalytic Hydrocarbon Oxidation» (presentation).
  • ACS National Meeting, Spring 2014, Dallas, TX, USA, 2014 «Catalytic Hydrocarbon Oxidation» (presentation).
  • ACS National Meeting, Spring 2012, San Diego, CA, USA, 2012 «Propane Functionalization with Palladium Biscarbene Complexes» (presentation).
  • ICOMC – International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012 (poster).
  • Gordon Research Conference and Seminar (GRC and GRS) Green Chemistry, Lucca, Italy, 2012 (poster).
  • HFMC – Heidelberg Forum of Molecular Catalysis, Heidelberg, Germany, 2011 (poster).
  • MolMod – Modeling of Molecular Properties, Heidelberg, Germany, 2011 (poster).
  • EuCheMS Congress, Nuremberg, Germany, 2010 (poster).
  • Kainz, C. de Salas, S. Wesselbaum, H. Büttner, G. Wienhöfer, D. Munz, F. Stempfle, H. Kayser. Nachrichten aus der Chemie (2012), 60, 1045–1046 (report).
Further Activities
  • Outreach at various High-Schools.
  • Organization High-School excursion 2023, 135 high-school students.
  • Probestudium 2023, 40 high-school students (lead organizer: C. Kay, PCDC).
  • Probestudium 2021, 25 high-school students (lead organizer: C. Kay, PCDC).
  • Organization of ECR-IC Webinar (German Early Career Researchers in Inorganic Chemistry) with C. Hering Junghans: 36 Speaker, about 125 attendees per session.
  • Commission of Trust: Chair of GDCh chapter "Saar"; Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
  • Reviewer for: ANR, DFG, DAAD, Nat. Chem., Nat. Catal., Nat. Commun., Science Adv., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Chem. Sci., Adv. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater, Adv. Opt. Mater., Adv. Electron. Mater., ACS Catal., Chem. Commun., J. Mater. Chem. C, Chem. Eur. J., ChemCatChem, Organometallics, Dalton Trans., J. Phys. Chem., Comput. Theor. Chem., J. Organomet. Chem....
  • Memberships: Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e. V.(GDCh), Wöhler Vereinigung für Anorganische Chemie, Bunsengesellschaft für physikalische Chemie, American Chemical Society (ACS), Engineers without Borders.