Gerhard Erker

Adjunct Professor
University of Münster Germany

Office Location

University of Münster, Germany, Organic Chemistry Institute


Organic Chemistry


Gerhard Erker received his academic education at the Universities Köln and Bochum. After getting his doctoral degree from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 1973 he stayed at Princeton University as a postdoc. He did his habilitation in Bochum and thereafter joined the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim as a Heisenberg fellow. In 1985 he became a C3 Professor at the Universität Würzburg and in 1990 joined the Organisch-Chemisches Institut der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster as a full Professor. Since 2015 he has been a Senior professor at the WWU. Professor Erker was a member of the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He served as the president of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in 2000 and 2001. Gerhard Erker is a member of several scientific Academies, among them the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, where he is currently a member of the Senate and the speaker of Klasse 1 (mathematics natural and technical sciences). Professor Erker’s research interests are in the fields of Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis. Since about ca. 15 years he has a high interest in main group element chemistry. This is especially centered around the element boron and includes active research in frustrated Lewis pair chemistry, 1,1-carbo- and 1,1-hydroboration reactions and the chemistry of boron containing pi-systems. Professor Erker was the mentor of 140 doctoral students and more than 50 postdocs.