Professor Joachim Sauer received the Dr. rer. nat. degree in Chemistry from Humboldt University in Berlin in 1974, and the Dr. sc. nat. degree from the Academy of Sciences in (East-)Berlin in 1985. He is Senior Researcher at Humboldt University in Berlin where he was Professor of Theoretical Chemistry from 1993 – 2017. Since 2006 he is an external member of the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin (Max Planck Society). He is member of several Academies including the German National Academy Leopoldina and Foreign Member of the Royal Society. He holds a honorary doctorate of University College London.
His research has explored the application of quantum chemical methods in chemistry, with emphasis on surface science, particularly adsorption and catalysis. For 12 years he was chairman of the Collaborative Research Center of the German Research Foundation "Aggregates of transition metal oxides” and was co-founder and principal investigator of the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying concepts in catalysis” in Berlin (research group page). He is one of the editors of Journal of Catalysis and he is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of the American Chemical Society.
He has published more than 395 research papers, notably in the area of modeling the structure and reactivity of transition metal oxide catalysts, zeolites and metal-organic frameworks, and he has given more than 495 invited lectures.