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BESENIUS Pol, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Pathway Complexity in Supramolecular Polymerisations of Amphiphilic Metallopeptides


Pol Besenius was born and raised in Luxemburg, and studied Chemistry in Vienna and Glasgow. He received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (2008) and undertook postdoctoral studies at the Eindhoven University of Technology, as Marie-Curie Fellow (2008-2011). He started his independent research group at the Organic Chemistry Institute at the University of Münster supported by a Liebig Fellowship in 2011, and moved to the Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz in 2015 to take up a W2-Professorship of Macromolecular Chemistry. In 2018 he was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant, a visiting Faculty Program Fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2020, and the Forcheur Jean-Marie Lehn Prize in 2022. Since 2018 he acts as Associate Editor for the newly launched Thieme journal ‘Organic Materials’. In 2022 he was promoted to W3-Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz. His group’s reach interests include supramolecular chemistry, self-assembly in water, peptide biomaterials, chemical immunology and synthetic vaccines.