Origin of Life

Franc Meyer

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Astrophysical Sources of Energy for Life



Franc Meyer, born 1965 in Hamburg, studied chemistry at RWTH Aachen where in 1993 he earned his doctorate with Peter Paetzold in the field of synthetic azaborane cluster chemistry. During a postdoctoral stay with Peter B. Armentrout in Salt Lake City until 1995 he studied ion-molecule reactions in the gas phase. He then started independent work at the University Heidelberg, turning to biomimetic coordination chemistry, and obtained his habilitation degree in 2000 under the mentorship of Gottfried Huttner. Following a visiting professorship at the University of Vienna he became full professor of inorganic chemistry at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in 2001. Franc Meyer’s research focuses on the activation of small molecules and on cooperative effects in bimetallic and multimetallic complexes, with particular interests in bioinorganic chemistry, bioinspired catalysis and magnetic nanoswitches. His awards include a Dozenten fellowship (Chemical Industry Fund), the Karl-Freudenberg prize (Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities), and the A. Chakravorty Endowment Lecture 2012 (Chemical Research Society of India). In Göttingen he is the speaker of the DFG-funded International Research Training Group "Metal Sites in Biomolecules: Structures, Regulation and Mechanisms (BioMetals)" and of the International PhD Program "Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis (CaSuS"). Franc Meyer serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Inorganic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. Since 2013 he is an ordinary member of Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.


Selected papers


Meyer F (2006) Clues to Dimetallohydrolase Mechanisms from Studies on Pyrazolate-Based Bioinspired Dizinc Complexes – Experimental Evidence for a Functional Zn–O2H3–Zn Motif. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem 2006, 3789-3800.


van der Vlugt JI, Meyer F (2007) Synthetic Models for the Active Sites of Nickel-Containing Enzymes. In: Metal Ions in Life Sciences (Sigel A, Sigel H, Sigel RKO eds.), Vol. 2: Nickel and Its Surprising Impact in Nature, pp. 181-240. John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, UK, 2007.


Ballmann J, Albers A, Demeshko AS, Dechert S, Bill E, Bothe E, Ryde U, Meyer F (2008) A Synthetic Analogue of Rieske-Type [2Fe-2S] Clusters. Angew. Chem. 120, 9680-9684, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 47, 9537-9541.


Albers A, Demeshko S, Pröpper K, Dechert S, Bill E, Meyer F (2013) A Super-Reduced Differous [2Fe-2S] Cluster. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 1704-1707.


Albers A, Bayer T, Demeshko S, Dechert S, Meyer F (2013) A Functional Model for the Rieske Center: Full Characterization of a Biomimetic N-Ligated [2Fe-2S] Cluster in Different Protonation States. Chem. Eur. J. 19, 10101-10106.

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