• Hector Fellows

    Distinguished researchers in STEM fields.

Prof. Dr. A. Stephen K. Hashmi

Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Heidelberg

Hector Fellow since 2010

A. Stephen K. Hashmi is Professor for Organic Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg as well as Vice Rector for Research and Transfer.

With his pioneering work in the field of homogeneous gold catalysis, he has gained worldwide fame. His research focuses on the production of new gold catalysts and the development of innovative synthesis methods and detailed mechanistic studies. Potential applications are in the production of active ingredients for pharmaceuticals and compounds for materials science, e.g. in the field of organic electronics.

A. Stephen K. Hashmi has been awarded a Lectureship at the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Tan Kah Kee Chemistry Lectureship at Xiamen University (China) and the Fred Pattison Senior Lectureship at the University of Western Ontario (Canada). He is a member of the German Chemical Society, the Amercian Chemical Society, honorary member of the Argentinian Society for Organic Chemistry and holds an honorary professorship at King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia). Since 2016 A. Stephen K. Hashmi has also been editor of the Springer/Nature Journal "Gold Bulletin".

Research field

Homogeneous Gold Catalysis

Ligand development, methodology development, and detailed mechanistic studies in homogeneous transition-metal catalysis; mechanistic studies include isotope labeling, in situ spectroscopy from IR to EXAFS, and computational chemistry. In addition, the development of highly active catalysts by efficient modular methods is a focus of current activities