Intranet Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie

Prof. i.R. Dr. Herbert Mayr
Chair of Organic Chemistry - Physical Organic Chemistry


Prof. Dr. Herbert Mayr
Department Chemie
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Butenandtstr. 5-13, Haus F
81377 München

Telefon +49 (0)89 2180-77719
Raum-Nr. F2.084


  • Kinetics of polar organic and metal-organic reactions
  • Reactivity scales for nucleophiles and electrophiles
  • Carbocationic polymerizations


  • Studied chemistry at LMU München
  • 1974 PhD, LMU München
  • 1975-1976 Postdoctoral research, Case Western Reserve Univ. Cleveland, Ohio/USA
  • 1976-1984 Research associate, Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 1980 Habilitation, Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 1984-1991 Professor (C4), Univ. Lübeck
  • 1991-1996 Professor (C4), TU Darmstadt
  • Since 1996 Professor for Organic Chemistry (C4), LMU München
  • 2006 Liebig Denkmünze of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • 2020 James-Flack-Norris Award for Physical Organic Chemistry by the American Chemical Society

Wichtige Publikationen

  • One-Bond-Nucleophilicity and -Electrophilicity Parameters: An Efficient Ordering System for 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions
    L. Li, R. J. Mayer, A. R. Ofial, H. Mayr, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 7416-7434
  • Nucleophilicity and Electrophilicity Parameters for Predicting Absolute Rate Constants of Highly Asynchronous 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions of Aryldiazomethanes 
    H. Jangra, Q. Chen, E. Fuks, I. Zenz, P. Mayer, A. R. Ofial, H. Zipse, H. Mayr, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 16758-16772
  • Philicities, Fugalities, and Equilibrium Constants
    H. Mayr, A. R. Ofial, Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 49, 952-965
  • Reactivity Scales for Quantifying Polar Organic Reactivity: The Benzhydrylium Methodology
    H. Mayr, Tetrahedron 2015, 71, 5095-5111.
  • Farewell to the HSAB Treatment of Ambident Reactivity
    H. Mayr, M. Breugst, A. R. Ofial, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 6470-6505
  • The Reactivity-Selectivity Principle: An Imperishable Myth in Organic Chemistry
    H. Mayr, A. R. Ofial, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 1844-1854
  • Nucleophilicity in Carbon-Carbon Bond-Forming Reactions
    H. Mayr, B. Kempf, A. R. Ofial, Acc. Chem. Res. 2003, 36, 66-77