Prof. Dr. René Wilhelm is since October 2010 professor for organic chemistry in the department of chemistry at the faculty of science in Paderborn.
He was born in November 1972 in Hanover, Germany. After his A-levels and his military service, he started in 1993 his chemistry studies at the University of Hanover. He completed in 1998 his studies with his diploma work in the group of Prof. Butenschön. He then moved to London and got in 2001 his Doctor of Philosophy at the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine in London, in the group of Dr. Widdowson. Thereafter, he was for one year Postdoc with Prof. Vollhardt in Berkeley, California. After an additional half year as Postdoc with Prof. Magnus in Austin, Texas, he started in 2003 his independent academic career as a junior-professor at the Clausthal University of Technology in Germany. After a positive mid-term evaluation of his junior-professorship in 2006, he did in 2009 additionally a habilitation at the TU Clausthal. He was associate professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń in the summer semester 2010.
He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society and the German Chemical Society (GDCh). He is an Editor-In-Chief for Zeitschrift für Naturforschung B: A Journal of Chemical Sciences. Between 2001 and 2002 he was a Feodor-Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He was awarded in 2010 a Heisenberg Fellowship of the German Research Foundation and received in 2016 a Thieme Chemistry Journals Award. Next to the call for a W2 professorship in Paderborn, he received in 2010 also a call for a W3 professorship at the University of Koblenz-Landau, which he declined.