Dr. Michael Limbach studied chemistry at the Technische Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (both Germany) and obtained his Dr. rer. nat. in 2004 from the latter in the field of organic synthesis under the supervision of A. de Meijere. From late in 2004 to 2006 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with D. Seebach at ETH Zürich (Switzerland) on the elucidation of reaction mechanisms in asymmetric organocatalysis. Late in 2006 he joined BASF’s Basic Chemicals Research & Engineering (“Ammoniaklaboratorium”) to work on oxidation reactions and olefin metathesis. Since early in 2010 he is leading the Catalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa), BASF’s joined laboratory for homogeneous catalysis at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). At CaRLa he and the involved professors are working together with an international team of each six postgraduate scientists from the university and from BASF on the direct synthesis of acrylates from CO2 and alkenes – amongst other challenging reactions.
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