© Ryan Gilmour

Prof. Dr. R. Gilmour CorrFRSE FRSC
Chair of Organic Chemistry & CiMIC Professor of Chemical Biology

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Institute for Organic Chemistry
Corrensstr. 36
D-48149 Münster, Germany.

Cells in Motion (CiM) Interfaculty Center
Röntgenstraße 16
D-48149 Münster, Germany.

Tel: +49 251 83 33271


Associate Editor Chemical Science


  • Curriculum Vitae

    10/2018 - 09/2019
    10/2023 - 09/2024

    Managing director of the Institute for Organic Chemistry,
    WWU Münster, Germany

    since 11/2016 Chair of Organic Chemistry & CiM Professor of Chemical Biology
    Organisch-Chemisches Institut, WWU Münster, Germany.
    10/2012 CiMIC Professor of Chemical Biology & Professor of Organic Chemistry
    Organisch-Chemisches Institut, WWU Münster, Germany.
    2008 - 2012 Alfred Werner Assistant Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry,
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland.
    2007 - 2008 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland,
    Research Advisor: Professor Dr Peter H. Seeberger.
    2006 - 2007 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr,
    Germany, Research Advisor: Professor Dr Alois Fürstner.
    2002 - 2006 Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University Chemical Laboratory and Clare College,
    University of Cambridge, UK, Research advisor: Professor Dr Andrew B. Holmes FRS.
    1998 - 2002 M.Chem. (Hons) First Class, School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews, UK,
    Masters degree in "Chemistry with Advanced Chemistry".


  • Awards and Honours

    • 2024 ERC Proof of Concept Grant

    • 2023 Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences

    • Associate Editor, Chemical Science (August 2023- )

    • 2023 WWU Münster Research Prize / Forschungspreis

    • 2023-2024 Eurofins CDMO Alphora Lectureship, University of Toronto, Canada

    • 2023-2027 Editorial Advisory Board Member, ChemistryEurope

    • 2023-2027 Editorial Advisory Board Member, European Journal of Organic Chemistry

    • 2022 Henriette Herz Scout of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

    • 2021-2022 Global Fellow, University of St Andrews, UK

    • SYNTHESIS Best Paper Award 2021

    • 2021 Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (CorrFRSE)

    • 2021 German Chemical Society Fluorine Publication Prize / GDCh Publikationspreis Fluorchemie

    • 2020-2021 Prof. David Ginsburg Lecturer, Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

    • 2019-2021 Editorial Advisory Board Member, Chemical Science.

    • 2019-2021 Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde, UK

    • 2019 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching "Goldener Brendel"

    • 2019 Allergan Lectureship, University of California Irvine, USA

    • 2019 ERC Consolidator Grant

    • 2018 Elected to the Research Council (Forschungsbeirat) of the WWU Münster
    • 2017-2022 Elected to the Kinetics & Reaction Mechanisms section of ProcessNet, DECHEMA
    • 2016-2018 Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde, UK
    • 2015 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
    • 2013 ERC Starter Grant
    • 2011 Ruzicka Prize of the ETH Zürich
    • 2011 JSP Fellowship, 46th Bürgenstock Conference
    • 2009 Thieme Journal Award
    • 2007 Alfred Werner Assistant Professorship
    • 2006 Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry
    • 2002 Organon Prize for Biological Chemistry
    • 2000 CIBA Scholarship for Organic Chemistry


  • Invited Lectures and Conferences


    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA


    • ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    • Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
    • Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV) Organic Chemistry Division / EurJOC Lecture
    • University of Naples Federico II, Italy
    • Saarland University, Germany
    • Swiss Chemical Society Spring Meeting on “Frontiers in Homogeneous Catalysis", Basel, Switzerland
    • Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany
    • Cardiff University, Wales
    • Dutch Symposium on Organic Chemistry 2024, Luntenren, The Netherlands
    • PHOTOCAT24: School on Photochemistry and Biochemistry, Padova, Italy


    • 56th Bürgenstock Conference 2023, Brunnen, Switzerland
    • Eurofins CDMO Alphora Lecture, University of Toronto, Canada
    • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain
    • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
    • International Conference on Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry (ICHIC-2023), Stockholm, Sweden
    • International Conference on Photochemical Technology and Industry (ICPTI-2023), Wuhan, China
    • Glycobasque 6, CIC biomaGUNE and CIC bioGUNE, Bilbao, Spain
    • Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany
    • University of St Andrews, UK


    • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
    • ACS National Meeting Fall 2022 “Synthetic Methods in Fluorine Chemistry”, Chicago, USA
    • 3rd International Symposium of Hybrid Catalysis, Nagoya University, Japan
    • Fall meeting of the Organic Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France (Plenary Lecture)
    • 28th Congress of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry (ISHC), Santa Barbara, USA (Plenary Lecture)
    • University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
    • Beilstein Organic Chemistry Symposium 2022, Rüdesheim, Germany.
    • 20th European Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry, Berlin, Germany (Keynote Lecture)
    • Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
    • 2022 Barluenga Lectureship Series, Oviedo, Spain


    • Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany
    • International Symposium on Fluorine-Specific Interactions, Berlin, Germany
    • GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2021, Germany (Award Lecture)

    • Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France

    • Organic Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society (SCF), Nantes, France (Keynote Lecture)

    • 2nd International Symposium of Hybrid Catalysis, Nagoya University, Japan

    • Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC) Synthesis Summer School 2021, Vaeshartelt Castle, The Netherlands

    • University of Sheffield, UK


    • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

    • Trinational Regiosymposium in the Upper Rhein Region, University of Basel, Switzerland

    • Indiana University, USA

    • DSM Nutritional Products, Kaiseraugst, Switzerland

    • Radboud University, The Netherlands

    • Stockholm University, Sweden

    • Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany

    • University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

    • University of Vienna, Austria

    • Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany


    • University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
    • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

    • Technische Universität München, Germany

    • University of Vienna, Austria

    • RSC Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group Symposium, Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK (Plenary Lecture)


    • Allergan Lectureship, University of California Irvine, USA

    • International Conference on Fluorine Chemistry, Himeji, Japan

    • Spring ACS National Meeting in Orlando, Florida, USA

    • Physical Organic Chemistry Meeting, Bad Honnef, Germany: "Physical Organic Chemistry: Recent developments in instrumentation, structure, theory, and mechanisms."


    • Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
    • Summer School "Advanced Organocatalysis", Cologne, Germany
    • Carbohydrate and Fluorine Symposium, Université de Poitiers, France
    • 4th International Symposium on Middle Molecular Strategy (ISMMS-4), Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
    • ACS Publications Forum: Diversity in Inorganic/Organic Chemistry in Europe, University of Heidelberg, Germany
    • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany (GDCh Lecture)
    • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Core to Core Symposium, Münster, Germany
    • Bayer AG, Berlin, Germany
    • RWTH Aachen, Germany
    • 22nd International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry, Oxford, UK
    • SCI Organofluorine Chemistry: Synthetic Methods and Applications, London, UK
    • University of Manchester, Manchester, UK


    • Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
    • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    • ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain
    • EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic & Medicinal Chemistry, Vienna, Austria
    • IMSAT-Tagung 2017, Goslar, Germany


    • University of Strathclyde, UK
    • University of Glasgow, UK
    • AstraZeneca, Mölndal, Sweden
    • Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
    • Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland
    • University of Regensburg, Germany
    • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
    • Excellence Cluster, Cells in Motion Seminar, WWU Münster, Germany
    • University of Barcelona, Spain
    • 20. ORCHEM Conference, Weimar, Germany (Plenary lecture)


    • Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Berlin, Germany
    • Newcastle University, UK
    • Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany
    • University of Basel, Switzerland
    • Institut Européen de Chimie et de Biologie (IECB), Bordeaux, France
    • Université de Potiers, France
    • University of Strathclyde, UK


    •  CiM Chemical Biology Workshop, Münster, Germany.
    •  North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Germany.
    •  BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
    •  University of St Andrews, Scotland.
    •  University of Namur, Belgium.
    •  Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.
    •  Bordeaux Fluorine Days symposium, France.
    •  A. Corbella Summer School on Organic Synthesis, Gargnano, Italy.
    •  Syngenta Crop Protection, Jealott’s Hill, UK.
    •  Process Net-Working Party “Kinetics and Reaction Mechanisms”, Frankfurt, Germany. 


    •   ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain
    •   University of Cologne, Germany
    •   ESC CNRS, Caen, France
    •   Syngenta Symposium “Fluorine in Organic Chemistry”, Stein, Switzerland
    •   Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
    •   AstraZeneca, Mölndal, Sweden
    •   IRTG Meeting, WWU Münster, Germany


    • Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, Germany.
    • Fluorine Graduate School Seminar, Berlin, Germany.
    • University of Liverpool, UK.
    • University of Marburg, Germany.
    • Fluorine Graduate School Seminar, Berlin, Germany.
    • American Chemical Society Spring Meeting, San Diego, USA.


    • University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
    • University of Valencia, Spain.
    • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany.
    • RSC Heterocyclic & Synthesis Group Meeting, Astra Zeneca, UK (Plenary lecture).
    • RSC Fluorine Meeting, University of Aberdeen, UK (keynote speaker).
    • Umeå University, Sweden.
    • University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
    • RSC Fluorine Meeting, University of Aberdeen, UK.
    • BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
    • Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
    • University of Groningen, Netherlands.
    • University of Nottingham, UK.
    • The 46th Bürgenstock Conference, Brunnen, Switzerland.
    • Swiss Young Faculty Meeting, University of Bern, Switzerland.
    • Universite Paris XI, France.
    • Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI, France.
    • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
    • University of Durham, UK.
    • University of Geneva, Switzerland.
    • SCS Syngenta Symposium: Modern Catalysis, Stein, Switzerland.


    • Basel Chemical Society Christmas Lecture, University of Basel, Switzerland.
    • Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland.
    • AstraZeneca, Mölndal, Sweden. (2 lectures plus a 3 lecture course on organo-fluorine chemistry)
    • Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Spain.
    • Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Basel, Switzerland.
    • Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland.


    • Student Christmas Lecture, ETH Zurich.
    • University of Münster, Germany.
    • University of Zurich, Switzerland.
    • ETH Zurich, Switzerland.