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Frank Würthner Appointed Member of the 'Leopoldina'


Professor Frank Würthner has been elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The Leopoldina is thus honouring Würthner’s scientific achievements in the field of supramolecular synthesis and its use for organic electronics, photonics and photovoltaics.

Frank Würthner
Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner

Recently, Frank Würthner, Chair of Organic Chemistry II and, since 2010, also director of the Center for Nanosystems Chemistry, has been receiving various honours for his major contributions to the field of supramolecular and nanosystems chemistry. Shortly after he has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has selected Frank Würthner to become a new member of its chemistry section.

Founded in 1652 in Schweinfurt, the Leopoldina is the oldest continuously existing academy of natural sciences and medicine in the world, now based in Halle/Saale. It brings together outstanding scientists from all over the world. In 2008 the Leopoldina was appointed the German National Academy of Sciences. Since then, it represents the German scientific community in national and international committees and impartially gives its views on social and political questions. Additionally, interdisciplinary groups of experts within the Leopoldina, often together with other German, European and international academies, publish public statements on issues of current interest.

Current President is Professor Jörg Hacker, who was Head of the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology at the University of Würzburg from 1993 to 2008. Amongst the four Vice Presidents is Professor Martin J. Lohse, who was Professor and Head of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Würzburg from 1993 to 2016. Since this year he is Chair of the Board of Directors and Scientific Director of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC).


Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner, T: +49 931-85340,

By A. Häfner, C. Stadler