David Scheschkewitz

Chair of General and Inorganic Chemistry
Saarland University
David Scheschkewitz is Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Saarland-University at Saarbrücken in Germany and a Visiting Professor in the Synthesis Section of the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London. He obtained his PhD in chemistry from the Philipps-University of Marburg (Germany) in 1999 for research on aromatic boron heterocycles with Professor Armin Berndt. After postdoctoral stints in the laboratories of Professor Guy Bertrand (boron-phosphorus diradicals, Paul Sabatier-University of Toulouse and University of California at Riverside) and Professor Hansjörg Grützmacher (late transition metal catalysts, ETH Zürich) he began his independent research career working towards his habilitation in the laboraties of Prof. Holger Braunschweig at the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg (Germany) with investigations on anionic silicon-silicon double bond systems. After having been appointed Senior Lecturer he relocated his group to Imperial College in May 2008. Three years later he accepted the offer of the Chair of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Saar-University. His main interests concern 1) the transfer of Si=Si moieties to conjugated organic systems and studies of their chemical, physical and optical properties, 2) unsaturated yet stable small silicon clusters as well as 3) low-valent silicon-based ligands for transition metal complexes.