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Meet the Team

Group Leader

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).

Graduate Students

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 recieved the Deutschlandstipendium of the University of Cologne as well as the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann-Stipendium of the GDCh.


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

Dr. Jonas König
Tel: +49 221 470 3250

Jonas studied chemistry at the RWTH Aachen, Germany. After an internship with Sanofi Deutschland in Frankfurt a. M., he received his Master’s degree in Aachen in 2016 working on insertion reaction of diazomethane compounds. In 2016 he joined Martin Breugst’s research group as a graduate student and successfully completed his PhD in 2020.


Catalysis by Molecular Iodine (Book Chapter)
J. J. König, M. Breugst, in Halogen Bonding in Solution (Ed. S. M. Huber), 2021, 233–268.
DOI: 10.1002/9783527825738.ch7

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

Reaktionen im kontinuierlichen Strom
J. König, M. Breugst, Nachr. Chem., 2019, 67, 81–85.
DOI: 10.1002/nadc.20194084228

Redetermination of the Solvent-Free Crystal Structure of L-Proline
J. J. König, J.-M. Neudörfl, A. Hansen, M. Breugst, Acta Crystallogr., Sect. E: Crystallogr. Commun., 2018, E74, 1067–1070.
DOI: 10.1107/S2056989018009490

Sperrige Substituenten – Zwischen Attraktion und Repulsion
J. J. König, M. Breugst, Nachr. Chem., 2018, 66, 505–509.
DOI: 10.1002/nadc.20184073225

Undergraduate Students

    Azar Jahanbakhsh
    Tel: +49 221 470 3250

    Azar received her Bachelor degree in Chemistry from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn working with Professor Waldvogel on oxidative coupling of benzyl derivatives with molybdenum pentachloride. For her Master studies, she transfered to the University of Cologne and joined the Breugst group for her Master thesis.


    Enantioselective N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalysis via the Acyl Azolium without Exogenous Oxidants
    J. Cao, R. Gillard, A. Jahanbakhsh, M. Breugst, D. W. Lupton,ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 11791–11796.
    DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c02705

    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.