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Meet the Team

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Martin Breugst
Tel: +49 221 470 3294

Short CV

Martin received his undergraduate education in chemistry and biochemistry from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. After obtaining his Master's degree in 2006, he pursued graduate studies with Herbert Mayr in physical organic chemistry working on ambident reactivity and kinetics. In 2011, Martin moved to the University of California, Los Angeles as a Feodor-Lynen postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation where he worked with Ken Houk on different aspects of computational organic chemistry. Since 2013, Martin works at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cologne as an independent researcher supported by a Liebig fellowship of the Fonds der chemischen Industrie and completed his habilitation there in 2017. Martin additionally served as a substitute professor for organic chemistry at the University of Regensburg (04/18–03/19) and currently acts as the interim chair for organic chemistry at the RWTH Aachen. Furthermore, he is the elected board member for the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in the Junior Faculty Club since 2017 and acted as its speaker from 2019 to 2020. The research of the Breugst group was  awarded with a prize from the Otto Röhm Gedächtnisstiftung (2017) and more recently with the Karl-Arnold prize from the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (2020).

Thiemo Arndt
Tel: +49 221 470 3250

Thiemo studied chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany. In 2017, he recieved his Bachelor´s degree and joined the Breugst group for his Master thesis in 2019. After graduation, Thiemo stayed in the group and is working on his PhD in the field of halogen-bond catalysis. Thiemo furthermore received the Deutschlandstipendium of the University of Cologne as well as the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann-Stipendium of the GDCh.


Iodine‐Catalyzed Diels‐Alder Reactions
T. Arndt, P. K. Wagner, J. J. Koenig, M. Breugst, ChemCatChem, 2021, 13, 2922–2930.
DOI: 10.1002/cctc.202100342

Iodine-Catalyzed Nazarov Cyclizations
J. J. Koenig, T. Arndt, N. Gildemeister, J.-M. Neudörfl, M. Breugst, J. Org. Chem. 2019, 84, 7587–7605.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.9b01083

Patrick Weber
Tel: +49 221 470 3250

Patrick obtained his Bachelor's degree at the University of Cologne, Germany, in 2019. During his Master studies, Patrick worked on different projects in the Breugst and Ruschewitz groups. In his jointly supervised Master Thesis with Professor Ruschewitz, he is now combining the field of metal-organic frameworks with halogen bonding.

Hooman Ghazi Zahedi
Tel: +49 221 470 3250

Hooman studied chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany. For his Bachelor thesis, he worked at Covestro in the area of coatings, adhesives, and specialities. He continued in the Master program in Cologne focussing on organic and inorganic chemistry. In 2021, he joined the Breugst group for his Master thesis working on new iodine-catalyzed transformations.

Interested in Joining the Group?

Students and post-doctoral researchers have the unique opportunity to explore an area of their interest and can gain synthetic skills in organic synthesis and/or will become experts in the computational analysis of reaction mechanisms by density functional theory.

Currently, there are opportunities for students who want to do their Bachelor or Master thesis or "Forschungspraktika" (E or P-Module) in our group. We offer a broad range of different projects tailored to your interests – from purely synthetic organic chemistry via kinetic studies to computational investigations.

We happily assist highly motivated students with scholarship applications.