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Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian Hasenstab-Riedel

Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Chemie und Biochemie - Anorganische Chemie
Fabeckstr. 34-36
D-14195 Berlin
, Germany

Mail: s.riedel(At)


Sekretariat: Frau Kanakaris-Wirtl

Mail: kanakari(At)
Tel:  +49-(0)30-838-54071
Fax: +49-(0)30-838-53310


*Present address*

Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie
Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg
Albertstrasse 21 (Room 140)
D-79104 Freiburg i. Br., Germany


Phone: +49-761-203-8717 (Office)
  +49-761-203-8723 (Matrix Lab)
  +49-761-203-6113 (Fluorine Lab)
FAX: +49 761 203-6001
E-Mail: sriedel (At)
  sebastian.riedel (At)


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Curriculum Vitae



Sebastian Riedel was starting the chemical career with practical training as a chemistry laboratory technician at Siemens and Degussa in Hanau (certificate of apprenticeship).


He studied four semesters Chemistry at the University of Siegen. After his pre-degree "Vordiplom" he moved to the University of Würzburg.

The Diploma thesis in Würzburg with Prof. Martin Kaupp in Theoretical Chemistry dealt with the high oxidation state +IV of mercury. The Titel of the work was "Quantum chemical analysis of mercury in its oxidation state +IV". The day of graduation is the 2. July. 2003.


PhD work was carried out with Prof. Martin Kaupp at the Institut für Anorganische Chemie at Universität Würzburg, from November 2003 through September 2006.

The titel of the thesis was "The Highest Oxidation States of the 5d Transition Metals". From October 2004 through December 2004, a research stay at the University of Helsinki with Prof. Pekka Pyykkö was attend.


A postdoctorate at University Helsinki (Finland) with Prof. Markku Rässänen (Matrix-Isolation Spectroscopy) and Prof. Pekka Pyykkö (Computational Chemistry) has been carried out as a Alexander von Humboldt fellow.

The main topic of this reaserach stay was the prediction and synthesis of heavy metal fluorides and oxyfluorides. All these research projects have been connected to the Finnish Center of Excellence in Computational Molecular Science.


In the first six month of 2008 a postdoctorate at McMaster University Hamilton (Canada) with Prof. Gary Schrobilgen (experimental fluorine chemistry) has been carried out. The project was financed via DFG research scholarship.


After the return to Germany a Habilitation at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg (Prof. Krossing, Lehrstuhl für Molekül- und Koordinationschemie) has started and financed by the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie via a Liebig-Scholarship.


Since June 2013 he is full professor (W3) for inorganic chemistry at the Institut für Chemie und Biochemie at the Freie Universität Berlin.


The main interests are: the prediction and synthesis of transition metal fluorides and oxyfluorides as well as unusual f-block (actinoid and lanthanoid) compounds. The preparation and characterization of polyhalogen anions and the devolpment of weakly coordinating cations.

Other research interests are: multiple-bonds between transition metals, prediction of new inorganic species, and bonding and electronic-structure analysis.



Honors & Awards



Publikationspreis Fluorchemie (Publication award in fluorine chemistry) GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie - AG Fluorchemie, Darmstadt, Germany 2013

The award is donated by ABCR GmbH & Co. KG.




International Young Talent Award in Fluorine Chemistry, (17th European Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry) Paris, France 2013

The award is donated by DuPont for the commemoration of the 75 year anniversary of the discovery of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).




ADUC-Jahrespreis 2010 für Habilitanden und Habilitandinnen, Chemiedozententagung in Mainz, Germany 2011




Kulturpreis Bayern (Promotion), Munich, Germany 2007




Faculty Award (Promotion) of the chemistry and pharmacy faculty at the University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany 2007




Winner of the “JungChemikerForum” poster award in Konstanz




Winner of the “JungChemikerForum” poster award in Heidelberg



Editor & Editorial board


2010 Guest Editor in Theoretical Chemical Accounts (TCA)

Conferences & Commitees



Elected for the Internationl Scientific Advisory Committee of the CPLT (Chemistry and Physics at Low Temperatures) Conferency.



Judge at the 92nd Canadian Chemistry Conference for graduate students



Speaker of the “JungChemikerForum” of Würzburg







Travel Grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)



Travel Grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)



Liebig-Habilitationsstipendium of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie



Alexander von Humboldt (Feodor Lynen Return Fellowship)



DFG Research Fellowship



Travel Grant of the Magnus Ehrnrooths Foundation



Alexander von Humboldt (Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship)
2006 Travel Grant of the Magnus Ehrnrooths Foundation

Membership of Professional Soc.



Fluorine Division of the ACS



Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker; AG Fluorchemie




Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker