Institut für Organische Chemie

Professor Dr. Volker Schurig - Curriculum Vitae

  1. Scientific Biography

  2. Personal Data

  3. Studies

  4. Affiliations

  5. Miscellaneous

  6. Appointments

  7. Memberships

  8. Awards and Fellowships

  9. Educational Activities

Scientific Biography

"From Metal-Organic Chemistry to Chromatography and Stereochemistry"
V. Schurig, A Century of Separation Science, Haalem J. Issaq, Editor, Marcel Decker, New York, Basel, 2001, Chapter 21, 327-347.

"Today's Chromatographers and Their Discoveries (2000-2008) - Prominent Chromatographers (Awardees), Volker Schurig" Chromatography - A Science of Discovery
edited by R. L. Wixom and C. W. Gehrke, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, 2010, Chapter 5, 176-181.

Hirsch-citation-index 2020 (h-factor): 60, sum of foreign citations: >11000

Personal Data

16.2.1940 Born in Dresden (Saxony, Germany) and raised up in Großröhrsdorf/Oberlausitz

Member of the School and Choir "Dresdener Kreuzchor" Boarding School of 750 Years Tradition

1957: 2nd choir instructor (praefectus secundus)

1958 High School Certificate
30.7.1974 Marriage with Adina Schurig, geb. Levi
3.4.1981 Birth of the Daughter Rona Veronique
16.11.1984 Birth of the Son Jonathan David


1959 Immatriculation for Chemistry, Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen
1.11.1962 Prediploma
31.8.1966 Diploma; Diploma Thesis "Reaction of Halomuconic Acid Esters with Sodium Iron Tetracarbonylate"
5.12.1968 Doctor of Natural Sciences ("summa cum laude", University Tübingen); Thesis: "Nitrogen-Fixation and Reduction to Ammonia with Metalorganic Catalysts"
22.1.1975 Habilitation and venia legendi for Organic and Elementorganic Chemistry, University Tübingen; Habilitation Thesis: "Thermodynamics and Analytics of the Molecular Association of Donor Molecules with Transition Metal Chelates by Complexation Chromatography"


1966-68 Assistant at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, University Tübingen (with Prof. E. Bayer)
1969-71 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel (with Prof. E. Gil-Av)
1971-72 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Houston, Texas, USA (with Prof. A. Zlatkis)
1972-76 Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, University Tübingen (with Prof. E. Bayer)
Juli 1976 University Reader
1979/80 C2-Professor for Organic Chemistry
April 1980
Guest Professor at the Université Paris-Sud in Orsay
October 1983
Guest Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
1990 Appointment as C3-Professor for Organic Chemistry and Separation Methods at the University of Tübingen
2010 Visiting Professor at the King Saud University, KSU (


Author and Coauthor of 26 General and 420 Specific Scientific Publications (Hirsch-citation-index 59 in 2019) including Patents, excluding Conference Abstracts and Proceedings
255 Scientific Lectures at National and International Venues
Organization of the Conference in Tübingen, October, 1992: "Third International Symposium on Chiral Discrimination"


Vorsitzender des Internationalen Studentenclubs (ISC) Tübingen (1962-1963)

Vertreter der Universität Tübingen im Deutschen Hochschulverband DHV (1988-2020)

The Senate of the University of Tübingen (1988-92)
Structure Commission of the Senate of the University of Tübingen (1999-2006 )
Coeditor of Journal of Chromatography A published by Elsevier
Founding Editor of Enantiomer - a Journal of Stereochemistry published by Gordon & Breach, Discontinued
Former Editorial Board member of the Journals Chirality, Microcolumn Separations, Electrophoresis and Journal of Chromatography A.
International Advisary Committee: Symposium on Molecular Chirality, 1994 Japan
Emeritus Member of the Permanent Committee (2006-2020): Symposia on Chirality (ISCD)

Awards and Fellowships

1966: Prize of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University Tübingen, for the Diploma Thesis
1969-1971: Postdoctoral Fellowship of Stiftung Volkswagenwerk (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
1980: Fellowship of the Universitè Paris-Sud, Orsay, France, as Guest Professor
1995: Fellow of "The Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University", Jerusalem, Israel. Subject: "Chirality of Drugs and Chiral Recognition", November 1995 - März 1996
1996-1999: Fellow of the TEMPUS-program "Curriculum in Chiral Chemistry" at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
1998: Memorial Medal of the Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, for co-developing "New Curriculum of Chiral Chemistry" (TEMPUS-Phare project).
2001: Honorary Membership of the Slovak Pharmaceutical Society
2003: Convention Intercantonale Romande pour L'enseignement du 3e Cycle en Chimie, Lecturing Professor, Univ. Basel
2003: Fellowship Award of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
2003: Consultancy of the Exomars Rover Mission: Pasteur Instrument Payload, European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands
2004: M. J. E. Golay Award and Medal of Chromatography (Riva del Garda, Italy)
2004: Chirality Medal in Gold (New York, USA)
2005: Research Prize of the TL-Foundation (Transtec-Lantronix, Tübingen)
2006: Honorary Emeritus Member of ISCD (Int. Symp. Chiral Discrimination)
2008: Dr. Ján Weber Prize and Medal of the Slovakian Pharmaceutical Society
2009: Honorary Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Chromatography A
2010: Special Issue "Chiral Separations" in Honour of Prof. Volker Schurig, J. Chromatogr. A 1217 (2010) 925-1182
2016: Honorary Conference Chair of "The 28th International Symposium on Chiral Discrimination" (Chirality 2016), Heidelberg, Germany (

Educational activitites

Supervision of 36 Diploma Theses and 45 Doctoral Theses

Former coworkers were appointed as Professors of Chemistry:

Professor Dr. Bernhard Koppenhöfer, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany (Diploma 1976)

Professor Dr. Bernd Herr, University of Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany (Diploma 1985)

Professor Dr. Johann Jauch, University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany (Doctoral Thesis 1992)

Adjunct Professor Dr. Heike N. Hofstetter, née Diebold, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, USA (Doctoral Thesis 1997)

Professor Dr. Oliver Hofstetter, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, USA (Doctoral Thesis 1999)

Professor Dr. Oliver Trapp, Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, Munich, Germany (Doctoral Thesis 2001)

Professor Dr. Ashraf Ghanem, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia (Doctoral Thesis 2002)

Professor Dr. Pavel Levkin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany (Doctoral Thesis 2007)

Professor Dr. Zhengjin Jiang, College of Pharmacy, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Professor Dr. Jingwu Kang, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Professor Dr. Waldemar Iwanek, The Jan Kochanowski University of Humanicity and Sciences, Kielce, Poland (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Professor emeritus Dr. Zoltán Juvancz, Obuda University, Budapest Tech, Hungary (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Professor Ing. Dr. Ivan Špánik, Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovakia (Research associate)