Matthias Bremer

However, after a few years of learning, many things fall into place and the logical structure becomes apparent.

Perspective

I joined our company because I immediately liked the interdisciplinary character of the job – chemistry, physics, engineering - and the focus on applications in high-tech industry. I find the process of converting an idea into a commercial product fascinating. This happens in Liquid Crystal research, where a chemical structure drawn on a piece of paper is almost magically converted into a tangible substance by synthesis and ends up as a functional material in an LC-Display.

Organic chemistry comprises a vast body of knowledge and it appears bafflingly complicated to the beginner. However, after a few years of learning, many things fall into place and the logical structure becomes apparent. I enjoy the exciting work culture in R&D at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, but I am equally inspired by reading research literature, attending conferences and speaking to other scientists.

My curiosity wants to find explanations how things work and how we can gain a better understanding of the world around us. My best ideas often seem to come from nowhere but are in fact the product of a long and subconscious thought process. They may pop into my mind when walking to work in the early morning, but I do not believe in “key eureka” moments. Science, like many other human activities, is more transpiration than inspiration, as Thomas Edison once said.Chemistry will continue to play a very big part in the future of humankind. Be it novel medicines, functional organic materials or concepts for energy storage and conversion. 

However, after a few years of learning, many things fall into place and the logical structure becomes apparent.

Matthias Bremer

Director, Liquid Crystal Research

Profile

Joined Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany: 1991

Key research fields and topics:

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Computational Chemistry 

Prizes and awards:

  • Honorary Professor, University of Gießen, Germany, 2014
  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Innovation Award, 2009
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2004
  • German Future Prize of the Federal President, 2003
  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Innovation Award, 2002
  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Liquid Crystals Award, 2001

CV & Scientific activities

CV

CV

1979 – 1986
Studied Chemistry (“Diplom-Chemiker”), University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
1989
Dr. rer. nat. (Prof. Dr. Paul von Ragué Schleyer)
1989 - 1990
Feodor Lynen-Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation,University of California at Berkeley, USA (Prof. Dr. Andrew Streitwieser)
1991 - 2001
Joined Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Liquid Crystal Research as R&D Manager
2001 - 2005
Associate Director, Liquid Crystal Research
since 2005
Director, Liquid Crystal Research

Memberships

Memberships

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Society for Information Display (SID)

DECHEMA

Editorial Board Member “Advanced Functional Materials”, 1998-2008

Editorial Board Member “New Journal of Chemistry”, 2004-2007

Board Member German Liquid Crystal Society, 2011-today

References

Top 10 Publications (Most Cited)

  • Nematic liquid crystals for active matrix displays: molecular design and synthesis
    P. Kirsch, M. Bremer, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2000, 39, 4216-4235.
  • Formation of Tetranuclear Chelate(4-) Ions of Divalent Metals (Mn, Co, Ni) with Idealized T Symmetry by Spontaneous Self-assembly
    R. W. Saalfrank, A. Stark, M. Bremer, H.-U. Hummel, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 1990, 29, 311-314.
  • Four-Center Two-Electron Bonding in a Tetrahedral Topology. Experimental Realization of Three-Dimensional Homoaromaticity in the 1,3-Dehydro-5,7-adamantanediyl Dication
    M. Bremer, P. v. R. Schleyer, K. Schötz, M. Kausch, M. Schindler, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 1987, 26, 761-763.
  • The TV in your pocket: development of liquid-crystal materials for the new millennium
    M. Bremer, P. Kirsch, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 8880-8896.
  • Liquid crystals based on hypervalent sulfur fluorides: pentafluorosulfuranyl as polar terminal group
    P. Kirsch, M. Bremer, M. Heckmeier, K. Tarumi, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 1999, 38, 1989-1992.
  • Difluorooxymethylene‐Bridged Liquid Crystals: A Novel Synthesis Based on the Oxidative Alkoxydifluorodesulfuration of Dithianylium Salts
    P. Kirsch, M. Bremer, A. Taugerbeck, T. Wallmichrath, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2001, 40, 1480-1484.
  • Relationships in the rotational barriers of all Group 14 ethane congeners H3X-YH3 (X, Y= C, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb). Comparisons of ab initio pseudopotential and all-electron results
    P. v. R. Schleyer, M. Kaupp, F. Hampel, M. Bremer, K. Mislow, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1992, 114, 6791-6797.
  • Liquid crystal display device
    Y. Nakanishi, M. Shibasaki, K. Hanaoka, Y. Inoue, K. Tarumi, M. Bremer, M. Klasen-Memmer, S. Greenfield,
  • Liquid-crystal medium
    G. Bernatz, A. Taugerbeck, M. Bremer, A. Götz, US Patent 7,731,865 (2010).
  • Nonplanarity in Hueckel 2p aromatic systems. An NMR/IGLO/ab initio proof of the puckered structure of cyclobutadiene dications
    M. Bremer, P. v. R. Schleyer, U. Fleischer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1989, 111, 1147-1148.

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