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Nicolai Cramer

Laboratory of asymmetric catalysis and synthesis, EPFL

  • Full Professor


Dr. Nicolai Cramer was born in Stuttgart, Germany. From 1998-2003, he studied chemistry at the University of Stuttgart and earned his PhD in 2005 under the guidance of Professor Sabine Laschat. After a research stage at Osaka University, Japan, he joined the group of Professor Barry M. Trost at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow in 2006. From 2007 on, he worked on his habilitation at the ETH Zurich associated to the chair of Professor Erick M. Carreira and recieved the venia legendi in 2010. In 2010, he started as Assistant Professor at the EPF Lausanne and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013 and to Full Professor in 2015. His main research program encompasses enantioselective metal-catalyzed transformations and their implementation for the synthesis of biologically active molecules.

His group works on the development of broadly applicable catalytic methods for the selective functionalization of relatively inert C-H ad C-C bonds with different transition-metal complexes. Despite significant advances over the past years, numerous challenges remain largely unsolved. The fascination and at the same time the key lies in the possibility of altering the reactivity and selectivity of the metal complexes in an almost unimaginable way by using tailored ligands. The group seeks to access new possibilities that lead us to their specific use in the synthesis of complex bioactive natural products through different ligand and reactivity concepts.

Read more about Nicolai Cramer’s research on his lab website.



Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Institut des sciences et ingénierie chimiques
BCH 4305 (Batochime)
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)21 693 98 39