Andreas Kirschning was born in Hamburg and studied chemistry at the University of Hamburg and at Southampton University (UK). In Hamburg he joined the group of Prof. E. Schaumann and received his Ph. D. there in 1989. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Washington (Seattle) with Prof. H. G. Floss, he started his independent research at the Technical University of Clausthal in 1991. Since then he has held positions as guest professor at several universities across Europe and in the U.S.A.. He received during his career a DAAD, a Fritz Prosiegel and Feodor Lynen scholarship. Since 2000 he holds a chair at the University of Hannover.



Chemistry studies at the University of Hamburg


Chemistry studies at Southampton University, UK;      final examination for B. Sc.


Diploma thesis (Prof. Dr. E. Schaumann, University of Hamburg)


Ph.D. thesis (Prof. Dr. E. Schaumann, University of Hamburg) on synthetic organo-silica chemistry


Post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. H. G. Floss (University of Washington, Seattle, USA): Biosynthetic studies on macrolactam antibiotics

04/91- 06/96

Habilitation (Technical University of Clausthal): Synthetic and biosynthetic studies on deoxyglycoconjugates

since 10/2000

Professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Leibniz University of Hannover

Main research topics

Enabling technologies in organic synthesis:

Microstructured flow reactors, inductive heating, multistep flow synthesis of drugs

Natural product chemistry:

Total, semi- and mutasynthesis of biologically active natural products: antiinfectives, antitumor agents,antiviral agents; natural products as tools for drug; finding and evaluation of  biological targets.

Chemistry as tool in RegenerativeTherapies:

Biocompatible (bio)materials for medical implants: synthesis of materials, surface functionalisation, drugable molecules for stem cell research

Fellowships / Awards

DAAD-study scholarship for UK (1983-84)
Fritz-Prosiegel-scholarship (1989)
Feodor-Lynen-scholarship of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation (1989-90)

Novartis Lectureship Award (2013)

Guest professorships

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (1997)
University of Wisconsin, U.S.A. (1998)
Université de Rennes, France (2003)
Université Le Mans, France (April/May 2007)
Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy (October 2007)
Université de Strasbourg Ecole européenne de Chimie, Polymères et Matériaux (ECPM) (January-February 2009 to 2011)


Editor of ROEMPP-online (Thieme Publisher)
Editorial Board J. Flow Chem. (since 2010)
Editorial Board of Natural Product Reports (NPR) (since 2007)
Editorial Board of Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry (BJOC) (since 2006)
Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry, University Hannover (since 02/2001)
Member of the Natural Product Forum of the DECHEMA (since 02/2003)
Board member of the DECHEMA section "Chemical Biology" (2005-2009)
Selection commitee of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (since 11/1998)


Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) (since 1989)
Royal Society of Chemistry (since 2003)
TECHNION Ges. (since 2005)