Markus Reiher

Golden Owl

Prof. Dr. Markus Reiher


Full Professor

Contact Data

Tel.: +41 44 633 43 08
Tel. (Sec.): +41 44 632 43 63

ORCID: 0000-0002-9508-1565


ETH Zürich
Markus Reiher
Inst. Mol. Phys. Wiss.
HCI  F 235
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich

Organisations Full Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences
Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Markus Reiher has been full professor since June 2011 and was associate professor from February 2006 until May 2011 of Theoretical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich. 

Markus Reiher was born in Paderborn (Westphalia) in 1971. He received his diploma in chemistry from the University of Bielefeld in 1995 where he then conducted his PhD studies in theoretical chemistry in the research group of Professor Juergen Hinze, PhD. After his PhD in 1998, his habilitation followed in theoretical chemistry at the University of Erlangen with Professor Dr. Bernd Artur Hess in 2002. From October 2003 - March 2005 he was Privatdozent at the University of Bonn and during this time representative (C4) of the Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at Erlangen (2003/2004) and of the Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at Bonn (2004/2005). In December 2004 he was offered  a position of full professor in theoretical chemistry at the University of Groningen and of professor for physical chemistry (designation: theory) at the University of Jena. He accepted the latter in 2005. 

Research in the Reiher group is devoted to general theoretical chemistry. The main focus is on the development of theory and algorithms for the calculation of electronic structures based on the first principles of quantum mechanics. 

Markus Reiher received the 2004 Award of the 'Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Universitätsprofessoren fuer Chemie' (ADUC Jahrespreis 2004), the Emmy-Noether-Habilitationspreis 2003 of the University of Erlangen, in 2005 the Dozentenstipendium of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, and, in 2010, the Golden Owl for Best Teaching Award by VSETH as well as the OYGA Lectureship of the Lise Meitner – Minerva Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, Jerusalem. He delivered the Löwdin Lecture in Uppsala (2018), was awarded the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching (2018), and delivered the Kapuy Lecture in Budapest (2019) and the CREATE Lecture in Physical Chemistry at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (2020). In 2022, he was elected as member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. In 2023, he was awarded the Heilbronner-Hueckel Lecture of the Society of German Chemists (GDCh).

Course Catalogue
401-5940-00L Seminar in Chemistry for CSE
529-0003-01L Advanced Quantum Chemistry
529-0060-00L MPS Colloquium
529-0490-00L Special Topics in Theoretical Chemistry
529-0491-00L Seminar in Computational Chemistry C4
529-0809-00L Theoretical Chemistry Seminar
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