Matthias Otte was born in Geldern, Germany. He studied from 2003 until 2008 chemistry at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany. For his outstanding pre-degree, the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker has awarded him in 2005. In 2007 (July – September) he visited the
group of Prof. Dr. David Procter at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. In 2008 he obtained his diploma degree in chemistry with distinction from the Universität Bonn. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Gansäuer from the same university. In 2009 he was awarded a Chemiefonds-Scholarship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie. He did his postdoc in the group of Prof. Dr. Bas de Bruin at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (January 2012 – October 2013) for which he obtained a Feodor Lynen-Scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. After his postdoc he moved to the Universiteit Utrecht to join the Organic Chemistry and Catalysis group as non-tenure track junior assistant professor (November 2013 – January 2017). In February 2017, Matthias started his Habilitation project at the University of Göttingen.
- Since 2017: Habilitation Project, University of Göttingen, Germany
- 2013 – 2017: Junior Assistant Professor (non-tenure Track), Organic Chemistry & Catalysis, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
- 2012 – 2013: Postdoc with Prof. Dr. Bas de Bruin, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 2008 – 2011: PhD with Prof. Dr. Andreas Gansäuer, University of Bonn, Germany
- 2003 – 2008: Chemistry studies, University of Bonn, Germany
Awards, Honors and Funding
- 2022: DFG Research Grant (Normalverfahren)
- 2020: Teaching award of the faculty for the best lecture in the Summer Semester 2020.
- 2018: Material cost allowance (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie)
- 2017: DFG Research Grant (Normalverfahren + Eigene Stelle)
- 2013: University Utrecht Postdoc talent Fellowship
- 2012: Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
- 2009: Chemiefonds Fellowship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie
- 2005: Award from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker for an outstanding pre-diploma