Gerhard Bringmann studied Chemistry and Biology at the Universities of Gießen and Münster (Germany), where he received his Ph.D. with Prof. B. Franck in 1978 (porphyrin chemistry). After postdoctoral studies with Prof. Sir D.H.R. Barton at the Institut de Chimie de Substances Naturelles in Gif-sur-Yvette near Paris (radical deamination reactions) and his habilitation in 1984 (acetogenic isoquinoline alkaloids) at the University of Münster, he received offers for full professorships of organic chemistry at the Universities of Vienna (1986) and Würzburg (1987), of which he accepted the latter. In 1998, he was offered a position as a director at the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry in Halle, which he turned down. His research interests lie in the field of analytical, synthetic, computational, and pharmaceutical natural products chemistry. Typical classes of compounds investigated are isoquinoline alkaloids, phenylanthraquinones, biscarbazole alkaloids, glucosinolates, naturally occurring biaryls, axially chiral di- and triporphyrines; methods applied and further developed are, i.a. the analytical triad HPLC-MS/MS-NMR-CD in combination with quantum chemical CD calculations for the search of new bioactive compounds from tropical medical plants and marine organisms (i.a. with antimalarial, antitrypanosomal, anti-leishmanial, anti HIV, or fungicidal activity). Recent awards are the Adolf-Windaus Medal (2006), the Honorary Doctorate of the University of Kinshasa (2006), the Paul-J.-Scheuer Award (2007), and the Honorary Guest Professorship of Peking University (2008).
Biography Updated on 8 October 2009