Dr. Jörg Eppinger

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Chemical Sciences

PI, Biological & Organometallic Catalysis Laboratories
KAUST Catalysis Center, KCC
Division of Physical Sciences & Engineering 

Research Interests

​Combining biological and homogeneous catalysis for sustainable and selective synthesis


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA, 1999-2001
  • Dr. rer. nat., Technische Universität München, Germany, 1999
  • Dipl.-Chem., Technische Universität München, Germany, 1996

Professional Profile

  • Since 2009: Assistant Professor of Chemical Sciences, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology 
  • 2007–2009: Head of independent research group, “Molecular Catalysis”, Department of Chemistry, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • 2004–2007: Co–founder and member of the scientific board, Alceis Sarl., Strasbourg, France
  • 2002–2007: Forschungs Dozent, Research on Molecular Catalysis, Department of Chemistry, Technische Universität München
  • 2001–2002: Research Associate, Protein Science Department, The Genomic Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, La Jolla, USA
  • 1999–2001: Research Associate, The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA
  • 1996–1999: Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Technische Universität München, Germany 

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) (Gesellschaft Deuscher Chemiker, e.v)
  • Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)


  • SEDCO Award, KAUST 2011
  • FIC Grant, KAUST, 2010
  • Best paper award, International Symposium on Metallomics, 2008, Nagoya, Japan
  • Scientist in Charge, Marie–Curie Excellence Grant (Enzyme Microarrays), 2006-2010
  • ForschungsDozentur “Molekulare Katalyse”, Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft, 2002-2007 
  • DFG Research–Fellowship, 1999–2002 
  • Hans–Fischer–Award, 1999 
  • Fritz–ter–Meer Fellowship, Bayer AG, 1995–1996