Matthias Beller, born 1962 in Gudensberg, studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he completed his PhD thesis in 1989 in the group of L.-F. Tietze.
As recipient of a Liebig scholarship, he then spent a one-year with K. B. Sharpless at MIT, USA. From 1991 to 1995, Beller worked in industry.
Then, he moved to the Technical University of München as Professor for Inorganic Chemistry. In 1998, he relocated to Rostock to head the Institute for Organic Catalysis, which became in 2006 the Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis. The work of his group has been published in >650 original publications, reviews and >90 patent applications have been filed in the last decade. He has received several awards including the Otto-Roelen Medal and the Leibniz-Price of the DFG.
In 2006, he was also awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” of Rostock and he received the German Federal Cross of Merit. He received the first “European price for Sustainable Chemistry”, the “Paul-Rylander Award” of the Organic Reaction Catalysis Society of the USA and the Gay-Lussac-Alexander-von-Humboldt-Prize of the French Academy of Sciences. Matthias Beller is head of the German Chemical Society working group “Sustainable Chemistry” and a member of the German National Academia of Science “Leopoldina”. He is married to Dr. Anja Fischer-Beller and they have two sons.