Bielefeld University

The research activities of the Gröger group has been centering since many years around the application of enzymes as valuable and environmental friendly catalysts in organic synthetic transformations.

A particular goal of the highly interdisciplinary research projects has been the development of synthetic processes which fulfil the criteria of high efficiency, sustainability as well as scalability. To realize such processes the focus of the Gröger teams has been on (1) the development of efficient biocatalytic reactions (biotransformations) and technical applications thereof, (2) the combination of biocatalysis with chemocatalysis in one-pot multi-step syntheses, and (3) industrial applications based on the use of biocatalysts in synthetic key steps (in particular for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals).

A key feature of the research activities in the Gröger group at the interface between biology and organic chemistry has been the high degree of interdisciplinarity, underlined by numerous collaborations with academic and industrial partners.

The research work of Gröger and his teams has been awarded, e.g., Degussa Innovation Awards [in 2003 (category: new products) and 2005 (category: new or improved processes)]. Furthermore, in 2008 Gröger was awarded the Carl-Duisberg-Memorial Prize of the German Chemical Society (GDCh).

Key Persons involved in the Biocascades Project


Professor Dr. Harald Gröger will supervise ESR11. He is also the leader of Workpackage4.

Prof. Dr. Gröger received his PhD at the University of Oldenburg, Germany in the research group of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Martens. In 1997, he worked as a Postdoctoral fellow in the research group of Prof. Dr. Masakatsu Shibasaki, at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Prior to his academic career, he worked as Head of the Laboratory in Chemical Research, and then as a Senior Project Manager at the Service Center Biocatalysis of Degussa AG.

From 2006, he received the W2-Professor for Organic Chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, and since 2011, the W3-Professor for Organic Chemistry at the University of Bielefeld, a post he continues to hold today.