Magnus Rueping, Ph.D.


​Associate Director and ​Professor of Chemical Science

Research Interests

Research interests include the development and simplification of synthetic catalytic methodology and technology and their application to the synthesis of diverse functional natural and unnatural molecules by applying new bio-, organo-, and metal catalysis concepts​.

Selected Publications

  • Merging Visible Light Photoredox Catalysis with Metal Catalyzed C-H Activations: On the Role of Oxygen and Superoxi... 
    D.C. Fabry, M. Rueping
    Acc. Chem. Res., 49(9), 1969-1979, (2016)
  • Photoredox-Catalyzed Ketyl–Olefin Coupling for the Synthesis of Substituted Chromanols 
    E. Fava, M. Nakajima, A.L.P. Nguyen, M. Rueping
    J. Org. Chem.,  81(16), 6959-6964, (2016)
  • Visible-Light Photoredox-Catalyzed Giese Reaction: Decarboxylative Addition of Amino Acid Derived α-Amino Radicals ... 
    A. Millet, Q. Lefebvre, M. Rueping 
    Chem. Eur.J., 22, 13464-13468, (2016)
  • Nickel-Catalyzed Csp2-Csp3 Cross-Coupling via C-O Bond Activation 
    L. Guo, C.-C. Hsiao, H. Yue, X. Liu, M. Rueping
    ACS Catal., 6, 4438-4442, (2016)
  • Reductive Umpolung of Carbonyl Derivatives with Visible-Light Photoredox Catalysis: Direct Access to Vicinal Diamin... 
    E. Fava, A. Millet, M. Nakajima, S. Loescher M. Rueping
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, pp. 6776-6779, (2016)
  • Asymmetric Brønsted-Acid Catalyzed Substitution of Diarylmethanols with Thiols and Alkohols for the Synthesis of Ch... 
    A. Chatupheeraphat, H.H. Liao, S. Mader, M. Sako, H. Sasai, I. Atodiresei, M. Rueping
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, pp. 4803-4807, (2016)
  • Trifluoromethylselenolation of Aryldiazonium Salts - A mild and Convenient Procedure for the Introduction of the Se... 
    P. Nikolaienko, M. Rueping 
    Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, pp. 2620-2623, (2016)


  • Doctor in Natural Sciences, ETH Zürich
  • Diploma in Chemistry; Technical University of Berlin

Professional Profile

  • Professor of Chemical Science, Kaust
  • Chair and Full Professor, RWTH Aachen University
  • Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University


  • Highly cited researcher, 2019-2020

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Kaust Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

​Synthetic catalytic methodology new catalysis concepts