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Dr. Mario Wiesenfeldt

Dr. Mario Wiesenfeldt

B. Sc., Ruprecht Karls-Universität Heidelberg, 2012

M. Sc., Ruprecht Karls-Universität Heidelberg, 2015

Ph.D., WWU Münster, 2018

Mario Wiesenfeldt was born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein in Germany. He studied chemistry at the nearby Ruprecht Karls-Universität Heidelberg and conducted his bachelor thesis in the group of Prof. Lutz Gade. Mario conducted an exchange semester at the University of York and moved to sunny California to carry out the research towards his master thesis in the group of Prof. Brian Stoltz at Caltech. Back in Germany, Mario joined the group of Prof. Frank Glorius at the WWU Münster spending the years from 2015 till early 2019 researching synthetically useful selective arene hydrogenations. While conducting his PhD, Mario also developed an interest in radical chemistry and photoredox catalysis, which inspired him to join the MacMillan lab in 2019. Outside the lab, Mario enjoys reading all kinds of books, playing, watching and discussing football (he refuses to call it soccer), improving his knowledge about history, and tasting a good coffee, beer or wine.

Fun Facts
  • Mario once memorized the entire dialogue of all the lord of the rings movies. He was not particularly amused when the extended versions were released.
  • Mario is quite proud to have worked in 10 different labs at six different research institutions.
  • Mario has no Italian ancestors (that he knows of). His parents, who were also unaware of the video game, simply liked the name.