Born 1965 in Kiel, Germany. Studied chemistry at the University of Hamburg, diploma in 1990. Got PhD in 1994 in the group of Prof. Mayr at the Technical University of Darmstadt on kinetics and mechanisms of the reactions of carbenium ions with nucleophiles. Post-Doc in the group of Professor Dr. S. Fukuzumi. After more than 8 years working in Japan I returned to Germany.