Prof. Dr. Ralf Ludwig

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Institut for chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
University of Rostock
Albert-Einstein-Straße 27
18059 Rostock

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  • 1982-1987 Studies in Physics, RWTH Aachen
  • 1988 Diploma thesis in Physical Chemistry
  • 1991 Ph. D. (Dr. rer. nat.), RWTH Aachen, Physical Chemistry
  • 1999 Habilitation in Physical Chemistry, TU Dortmund


  • 1991 - 1993 Postdoctoral Fellow at RWTH Aachen
  • 1993 - 1995 Research Associate at University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1995 - 1999 Research Fellow at TU Dortmund
  • 2000 - 2004 Senior Research Fellow (C2) at TU Dortmund
  • 2004 - 2012 Professor (C3) of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at University of Rostock
  • Since 2007 Professor and Divisional Head at the Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis e.V. (LIKAT) at University of Rostock
  • Since 2012 Chaired Professor (W3) of General Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at University of Rostock

Scientific Honours/Awards/Service:

  • 1993 - 1995 Grant of Heinrich-Hertz-Stiftung, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1996 - 2000 Excellent Researcher Award of the sate of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2004 Visiting Professor, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
  • 2006 - 2010 Executive Director of the Chemistry Department at the University of Rostock
  • 2006 - 2010 Member of the Teaching Commission of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry
  • Since 2007 Board Member of the Department „Life, Light and Matter“ of the Interdisciplinary Faculty at the University of Rostock
  • 2007 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Rostock
  • Since 2009 Editorial Board Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie
  • 2011 Professorial Chair (W3) offered in Physical Chemistry, University of Freiburg (declined)
  • 2012 - 2014 Project director of “Nano4Hydrogen” at the University of Rostock
  • Since 2014 Regional officer for the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the Project HYPOS (Hydrogen Power East Germany), BMBF, Germany
  • Since 2016 Member of the Board of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry
  • Since 2016 trust lecturer of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • 2016 - 2019 Elected Member of DFG Review Board “Physical and Theoretical Chemistry”
  • 2017 Evaluation Board Member, Chemistry Faculty, University Duisburg-Essen
  • 2017 Member of the Review Panel “C11 –Natural Sciences”, German Excellence Strategy
  • 2018 Visiting professor at the University of Lille, France
  • since 2018 Chair of the General Meeting of the Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT)
  • since 2018 Member of the DFG-NFDI Expert Committee
  • since 2019 Chair of the German University Professors in Chemistry (ADUC)
  • since 2019 Chair of the European Molecular Liquids Group (EMLG)
  • 2020 elected Member and Speaker of the DFG Review Board “Physical and Theoretical Chemistry”
  • since 2020 Elected Member of the DFG Senate

Further Activities (Selection):

  • 2003 Organizer (with A. Geiger, R. Winter) of the International Bunsen Discussion Meeting, "Interfacial Water in Chemistry and Biology", Velen/Westfalen, Germany
  • 2009 Organizer (with R. Winter) of the International Bunsen Discussion Meeting on "Water in Biology, Chemistry and Physics: Results and Perspectives", Dortmund, Germany
  • 2011 Organizer (with D. Paschek) of the Bunsenkolloquium "Molecular Thermodynamics of Complex Systems", Rostock, Germany
  • 2015 Organizer (with D. Paschek) of the EMLG/JMLG-Meeting “Molecular Liquids meet Ionic Liquids – From Fundamentals to Application”, Rostock, Germany (120 participants)
  • 2016 Organizer of the 115th General Assembly of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry, Rostock, Germany (550 participants)

List of 10 Selected Publications:

  1. Boddien, D. Mellmann, F. Gärtner, R. Jackstell, H. Junge, P. J. Dyson, G. Laurenczy, R. Ludwig, M. Beller
    Efficient Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid using an Iron Catalyst
    Science, 33, 1733-36, 2011  (Times cited: 557)
  2. K. Fumino, T. Peppel, M. Geppert-Rybczynska, D. H. Zaitsau, J. K. Lehmann, S. P. Verevkin, M. Köckerling, R. Ludwig
    The Influence of Hydrogen Bonding on the Physical Properties of Ionic Liquids
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 13, 14064-75, 2011 (Times cited: 206)
  3. Wulf, K. Fumino, R. Ludwig
    Spectroscopic Evidence for an Enhanced Anion-Cation Interaction due to Hydrogen Bonding in Pure Imidazolium Ionic Liquids
    Angew. Chem., 122, 459-463, 2010
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 49, 449-453, 2010
    (Times cited: 195)
  4. K. Fumino, A. Wulf, R. Ludwig
    Hydrogen Bonding in protic ionic liquids: Reminiscent of Water
    Angew. Chem., 121, 3230-33, 2009
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 48, 3184-86, 2009 (Times cited: 236)
  5. K. Fumino, A. Wulf, R. Ludwig
    Strong, Localized, and Directional Hydrogen Bonds Fluidize Ionic Liquids
    Angew. Chem., 120, 8859-63, 2008
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47, 8731-34, 2008 (Times cited: 299)
  6. K. Fumino, A. Wulf, R. Ludwig
    The Cation-Anion Interaction in Ionic Liquids Probed by Far Infrared Spectroscopy
    Angew. Chem., 120, 3890-94, 2008
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47, 3830-34, 2008 (Times cited: 202)
  7. T. Köddermann, D. Paschek, R. Ludwig
    Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Ionic Liquids: A Reliable Description of Structure, Thermodynamics and Dynamics
    ChemPhysChem, 8, 2464-2470, 2007. (Times cited: 272)
  8. T. Köddermann, C. Wertz, A. Heintz, R. Ludwig
    The Association of Water in Ionic Liquids: A Reliable Measure of Polarity
    Angew. Chem., 118, 3780-3785, 2006
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 45, 3697-3702, 2006 (Times cited: 227)
  9. T. Köddermann, C. Wertz, A. Heintz, R. Ludwig
    Ion-Pair Formation in the Ionic Liquid 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium-bis(triflyl)imide as a Function of Temperature and Concentration
    ChemPhysChem, 7, 1944-1949, 2006 (Times cited: 241)
  10. R. Ludwig
    Water: From Clusters to the Bulk
    Angew. Chem., 113, 1856-76, 2001
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 40, 1808-1827, 2001 (Times cited: 1004)