Konrad Seppelt was born in Leipzig, Germany, on September 2, 1944. He studied chemistry at the Universities of Hamburg and Heidelberg. After receiving the Diploma in 1968, he obtained the Ph.D. degree at the University of Heidelberg in 1970. He started independent research, followed by the habilitation at Heidelberg in 1974. This was followed by a one-year sabbatical leave to Berkeley, Calif. Soon later, he received the first award, the prize of the academy of sciences of Göttingen. In 1980 he moved to the Freie Universität Berlin, where he stayed till today in spite of two offers by other German universities. With the Wilhelm-Klemm Award for Inorganic Chemistry in 2000, he received the latest of several awards. He has followed many invitations to named lectureships, in Australia, Germany, Israel, and the United States. Professor Seppelt has focussed largely on fluorine chemistry over the years. It began with selenium fluorides. From there it has been not far to noble gas chemistry, a subject that is pursued till today. One of his aims has been to synthesize compounds that are thought to be nonexistent, AsCl5 is the oldest example. There have been excursions into organic fluorine chemistry: CF3OH, cyclo-C5F5-, and CF3-C5SF3, solid state chemistry: caesium fluoride intercalation compounds, and organometalic chemistry: structure of nonoctahedral permethylated transition compounds. The latest development is the isolation of gold-xenon complexes. Professor Seppelt served the administration twice as Dean, and for the period 1992 and 1995 as Vice President of the Freie Universität Berlin.
Biography Updated on 7 February 2008