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Prof. Dr. Günter Haufe
Research Areas: Selective organic synthesis, organofluorine chemistry

Günter Haufe studied chemistry at the University of Leipzig and obtained the Diploma degree in 1972. He did his doctoral research with Manfred Mühlstädt in Leipzig and obtained the Dr. rer. nat. degree in 1975. After basic military service (18 months) he started his independent scientific career and did his Habilitation and venia legendi in Leipzig (1985). In 1986 he worked as a Research Fellow of Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) with André Laurent at the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France, and as a visiting scientist with Jakko Paasivirta at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. From 1988-1991 he was an Associate Professor (Docent) of Bioorganic Chemistry at the University of Leipzig before he was appointed at his present position as a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster. In 1999 he got an offer to join the chemistry faculty at the University of Kiel. He was a Visiting Professor in Lyon (1994), in Poznan (2003) and a Paul Tarrant Visiting Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville (2002). In recognition of his research achievements he was awarded with the Friedrich-Wöhler-Preis in 1985. From 1995-2002 he was the Speaker of the Graduate School "Highly Reactive Double Bond Systems" at the University of Münster. Since 2007 he is member of the Board of EIMI (European Institute of Molecular Imaging). Presently he is chair of the group of German fluorine chemists within the GDCh (German Chemical Society). Günter Haufe has strong research interests in organofluorine chemistry including 18F-radiochemistry. Experimental studies carried out in his group include selective fluorination methods and synthesis of fluorinated analogs of natural products and medicinally relevant compounds. Other topics are application of enzymes in organic synthesis, alicyclic chemistry and total synthesis of natural products. Günter Haufe has published >220 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. In 1989 he published a book on "Alicyclic Chemistry" (Elsevier, Amsterdam) together with Gerhard Mann and in 2008 he edited a monograph "Fluorine and Health" (Elsevier, Amsterdam) together with Alain Tressaud. He served as a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Fluorine Chemistry and was an Associate Editor of "Advances in Fluorine Science". Since 2008 he is a Regional Editor of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry.


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