Jörg Matysik

His research group aims to understand functional principles of highly optimized systems found in nature. To this end, the group develops and applies optical solid-state NMR methods.


Jörg Matysik is born in Essen (Germany). Initially, Matysik went for vocational training as Chemielaborant in the Bergbau-Forschung (Institute for Coal Mining Research) in Essen-Kray before he studied Chemistry at the Universität-Gesamthochschule Essen where he obtained his Chemie-Diplom (1992) in the group of Prof. Bernhard Schrader, working with infrared and Raman spectroscopy on tetrapyrroles. For his PhD (1995), he investigated the photoreceptor phytochrome with FT-Raman spectroscopy at the Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie in Mülheim an der Ruhr in the group of Prof. Peter Hildebrandt in the department headed by Prof. Kurt Schaffner. As JSPS and Humboldt fellow he worked with Raman spectroscopy on heme proteins in Prof. Teizo Kitagawa’s group at the Insitute for Molecular Sciences in Okazaki (Japan).  From 1997 to 2012, he has been at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry. Initially he joined as Marie-Curie fellow and Casimir-Ziegler awardee the solid-state NMR sub-group of Prof. Huub de Groot belonging to the bio-organic photochemistry group of Prof. Johan Lugtenburg, and became later assistant professor (universitair docent, UD) at that insitute. Since January 2013, he is full professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Leipzig.

Matysik is a recipient of the Jonge Chemici award (2001), the Vidi award (2003) of the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO). He is member of the International Spin-Chemistry Committee and of the Advisory Board of 'Applied Magnetic Resonance'. He was chair of COST action TD1103 on spin-hyperpolarization techniques (2013-2015). Since 2013, he has a chair of Molecular Spectroscopy and is director of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and head of the Aufbaustudium "Analytik & Spektroskopie" at the University of Leipzig. 


ORCID number:  0000-0002-7800-7443.







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