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Dr. Florian Seeliger

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Phone no : +49 (0)160 9760 7559



Extensive experience in small molecule synthesis (e.g., nitration reactions, Michael additions, carbanion chemistry) and kinetics of polar organic reactions
Produced [18F]-Fluordeoxyglucose (18FDG) under GMP conditions for the application in PET diagnostic imaging
Experienced with glove box and vacuum - inert gas techniques
Broad knowledge of controlled radical polymerization techniques (ATRP, RAFT)
Strong analytical skills in 1D & 2D NMR spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy (stopped flow), HPLC, MPLC, FT-IR, GC, GC-MS, GPC, CV


Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry

    • Project: “Reactions of Carbanions with Michael Acceptors and Electron-deficient Arenes: Quantifying Polar Organic Reactivity“

Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Chemistry (Diploma degree)
    • Project: “Nucleophilic Reactivity of Sulfonyl-stabilized Carbanions“
Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Chemistry (Undergraduate degree)
Civil Service
  • Emergency Medical Technician, German Red Cross, Hamburg
Vocational school for Chemical-technical Assistance, Hamburg
  • State-approved Chemical-technical Assistant


Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemistry, PA, USA
May. 2008—June 2009
Postdoctoral fellow
Supervisor: Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
  • Synthesized new ligands for atom transfer radical polymerizations (ATRP) and applied them in polymerizations of styrene and (meth)acrylates
  • Created a novel method that allowed determining activation ATRP rate constants five times faster
Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Dec. 2004—Apr. 2008
  • Research Associate in the group of Prof. Herbert Mayr

  • Synthesized small organic molecules
  • Refined and extended Mayr’s reactivity-scale for polar organic reactions
  • Calculated reaction enthalpies (DFT)

Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Aug. 2006—Nov. 2006
  • Research Associate in the group of Prof. Mieczyslaw Makosza
  • Synthesized nitro-heteroaromatics via different nitration techniques and implemented them in vicarious nucleophilic substitutions
  • Solved the long-standing problem of including electron-deficient (hetero)arenes
    into Mayr’s electrophilicity scale


Carnegie Mellon University & Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
Dec. 2004—June 2009
  • Trained and supervised several undergraduate and graduate students
  • Maintained the following instruments: GC, GC-MS, HPLC, UV-Vis, stopped flow photospectrometer
  • Serviced and installed IT equipment as system administrator
  • Instructed and organized different organic lab classes for chemists, biologists, and physicians
Klinikum Rechts der Isar Munich, nuclear medicine
Nov. 2000—Sep. 2003
  • Synthesized and approved (GMP) 18F-labeled radiopharmaceuticals (18FDG) for the application in PET diagnostic imaging
Tennis Club Blumenau, Munich
June. 2002—Sep. 2006
  • Coordinated youth work and worked as a state approved tennis instructor
German Red Cross, Hamburg
Jul. 1997—Mar. 1998
  • Worked as a paramedic (civil service)



Postdoctoral Fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)   


Dr. Klaus Römer Award of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich

  • Excellent scientific performance during Ph.D. studies



18th IUPAC Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry; Warsaw, Poland


  • Oral presentation Quantifying Electrophilicity and Nucleophilicity“
  • Poster presentation Electrophilicities of Benzylidenebarbituric Acids”


F. Seeliger, K. Matyjaszewski, Macromolecules 2009, DOI: 10.1021/ma9010507 “Temperature Effect on Activation Rate Constants in ATRP – New Mechanistic Insights into the Activation Process”.
O. Kaumanns, R. Appel, T. Lemek, F. Seeliger, H. Mayr, J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 75-81: “Nucleophilicities of the Anions of Arylacetonitriles and Arylpropionitriles in Dimethyl Sulfoxide”
F. Seeliger, H. Mayr, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2008, 6, 3052-3058: “Nucleophilic Reactivities of Benzenesulfonyl Substituted Carbanions”
F. Seeliger, S. Blazej, S. Bernhardt, H. Mayr, M. Makosza, Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14, 6108-6118: ”Reactivity of Nitroheteroarenes with Carbanions: Bridging Aromatic, Heteroaromatic, and Vinylic Electrophilicity(vip status)
F. Seeliger, S. T. A. Berger, G. Y. Remennikov, K. Polborn, H. Mayr, J. Org. Chem.2007, 72, 9170-9180: ”Electrophilicity of 5-Benzylidene-1,3-dimethyl-barbituric and –thiobarbituric Acids”
S. T. A. Berger, F. H. Seeliger, F. Hofbauer, H. Mayr, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2007, 5, 3020-3026: ”Electrophilicity Parameters for 2-Benzylidene-indan-1,3-diones - a systematic extension of the benzhydrylium based electrophilicity scale”