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

Office +49 (0)89 2180-77716 (Hildegard Lipfert)
Phone +49 (0)89 2180-77719
Room-Nr. F2.084
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Research Interests

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

Short CV

  • 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

Key publications

  • Scales of Lewis Basicities toward C-centered Lewis Acids (Carbocations). H. Mayr, J. Ammer, M. Baidya, B. Maji, T. A. Nigst, A. R. Ofial, T. Singer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 2580-2599.
  • 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.
  • A Practical Guide for Estimating Rates of Heterolysis Reactions. N. Streidl, B. Denegri, O. Kronja, H. Mayr, Acc. Chem. Res. 2010, 43, 1537-1549.
  • 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.