Barluenga Lecture

Prof. Dr. Kilian Muñiz  
Barluenga Lecture


  In memoriam



Prof. Dr. KILIAN MUÑIZ (1970 - 2020)


The Muñiz group


Kilian Muñiz was born in 1970 in Hildesheim, Germany.

From 1990 to 1996 he studied Chemistry at the Universities of Hannover (Germany) and Oviedo (Spain) and at the Imperial College London (UK). In 1996 he graduated with a Diploma in Chemistry from Hannover University.

In 1996 he joined the group of Carsten Bolm at the RWTH Aachen (Germany) to obtain his Doctorate in Organic Chemistry in 1998. In 1999/2000 he worked as an Alexander von Humboldt/JSPS-postdoctoral associate with Professor Ryoji Noyori at Nagoya University (Japan).

He started his independent research in 2001 at the Kekulé-Department of Bonn University (Germany) as a Liebig fellow and defended his Habilitation thesis in 2005 and the same year moved to the University of Strasbourg as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2006. In November 2009 he joined the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) as Group Leader. He has been an ICREA Research Professor at the Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies since October 2010.

Kilian Muñiz was featured in the “Author Profile” section of Angewandte Chemie (ACIE 2011, 50, 4260), on the occasion of his tenth publication in this journal since the year 2000.

The research of Kilian Muñiz has been recognised among other awards by the Borchers Medal of the RWTH Aachen, a German-Israeli Foundation Young Investor Grant (2002/2003), the ADUC-Prize for Habilitands for 2004 and a Chaire d’Excellence from the French ANR in 2006. He was elected to the Institute Universitaire de France as a Junior Member in 2008.

"The part of my job that I enjoy the most is ...the artistic aspect of chemistry: to design new reaction pathways and then witness their realization through experiments".
In author’s profile Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 4260.

Video: “Profesor José Barluenga: Unas palabras de Kylian Muñiz”

ICIQ Prof. Kilian Muñiz receives Synthesis Best Paper Award. February 7, 2017. ICIQ

Thieme SYNTHESIS Best Paper Award for 2016: “Enantioselective Vicinal Diacetoxylation of Alkenes under Chiral Iodine(III) Catalysis” (Synthesis, 2016, 48 (6), 816-827)