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.
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
Gary Schrobilgen (experimental fluorine chemistry) has been
carried out. The project was financed via DFG
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
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).