Prof. Dr. Birgit Esser

Professor of Organic Chemistry

Institute for Organic Chemistry II and Advanced Materials
Ulm University

Albert-Einstein-Allee 11

89081 Ulm



Mail: birgit.esser[at]



Curriculum Vitae

since 2022 Full Professor (W3) of Organic Chemistry, Ulm University, Germany
2015–2022 Associate Professor (W3) of Molecular/Organic Functional Materials, University of Freiburg, Germany
2013–2015 Emmy Noether research group leader, Institute for Organic Chemistry and
Biochemistry, University of Bonn, Germany
2012–2013 Liebig research group leader, Institute for Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry,
University of Bonn, Germany

Leopoldina Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (USA)

Research advisor: Prof. Timothy M. Swager


Ph.D. research and dissertation at the University of Heidelberg, Germany

Research advisor: Prof. Rolf Gleiter


Diploma thesis at the University of Heidelberg, Germany

Research advisor: Prof. Rolf Gleiter

2002–2003 ERASMUS scholar, University of Bristol, UK
2000–2004 Diplom studies in Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg, Germany

Awards and Fellowships

2023 ERC Consolidator Grant
2019 Instructional Development Award for online course „Chemie Bootcamp“, University of Freiburg
2015–2017 Selected Member of the Fast-Track Program of the Robert-Bosch Foundation
2014 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award
2013 Emmy Noether Fellowship (German Research Foundation)
2012 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (CIG), EU
2012–2013 Liebig Fellowship, Chemical Industry Trust
2009 Ruprecht-Karls Award, Foundation of the University of Heidelberg (Thesis award)
2009–2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2005–2007 Graduate Fellowship, German National Academic Foundation
2004 Dr. Sophie Bernthsen Award for Chemistry Diplom
2002 Erasmus Scholarship for two academic terms at the University of Bristol, UK, European Union
2001 Göring Foundation Award for undergraduate studies
1999 Chemical Industry Trust Award for best High School degree in Chemistry

Professional Activities (selected)

since 2023 CELEST Representative of Research Field Post-lithium batteries
since 2023 PI in Collaborative Research Center TRR234 cataLight
since 2022 International Advisory Board member for the International Symposium on Novel Aromatic Compounds (ISNA)
since 2022 Associate PI of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU)
since 2022 Member, CELEST (Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage, Ulm & Karlsruhe)
since 2022

Member of the Steering Committee, Principal Investigator (PI) and coordinator of Research Unit X

in the Cluster of Excellence: Post Lithium Storage (POLiS), Ulm University

2021–2022 Speaker of the Saltus! group "Interfaces and Interphases in Energy Materials", University of Freiburg
since 2021 Associate Editor, Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry
since 2021 Advisory Editor, Energy Materials
since 2019 Co-coordinator of the DFG-funded Priority Program "Polymer-based batteries", SPP 2248
since 2019

Member and Principal Investigator in Cluster of Excellence livMatS, University of Freiburg

(Associated member since 2022)

2019–2022 Deputy member of the Senate, University of Freiburg
2019–2022 Member, Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT)
2019–2022 Personal Tutor, German National Academic Foundation
2015–2022 Member, Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF)