European Academy of Sciences
Member Profile

Evamarie Hey-Hawkins


Evamarie Hey-Hawkins
Year of Election
Chemistry Division
Country/Region of working/living
Leipzig University

Present position: Chair in Inorganic Chemistry, Leipzig University, Germany

Past positions:

10/2002-09/2005    Vice Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and 
04/2001-09/2002    Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy
01/1997-01/1999    Executive Director of the Department of Inorganic 
Since 04/1993    Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Universität 
                                Leipzig, Germany
04/1992-07/1992, 10/1991-02/1992, 05/1991-07/1991:Temporary Lecturer at the University of Heidelberg, Germany
10/1990-02/1991: Temporary Lecturer at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Inorganic Chemistry, Bioorganometallic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry: Synthesis, reactivity and structural elucidation (IR, UV-Vis, NMR, X-ray crystallography) of organometallic, coordination and main group element compounds; Homogeneous catalysis with mono- and multinuclear complexes: Reactions of transition metal complexes with functionalised ligands (N, P, As, O, S donors), (chiral, functionalised) phosphorus compounds, switchable catalysts, (chiral) metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), heteronuclear complexes; Applications of inorganic compounds in medicinal and biological areas: Biologically active carbaboranes, carbaboranyl derivatives for BNCT, carbaboranyl- and phosphanyl-modified amino acids, metal- and phosphorus-based anti-tumour agents, carbaboranes as phenyl mimetics, new, selective COX inhibitors; Precursors for novel materials: phosphorus-rich precursors for phosphorus-rich metal phosphides.

2018    Elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences
2018    University Medal, Leipzig University
2018    ChemPubSoc Europe Fellowship
2017    Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony
2016    Fellowship of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of 
                Science (JSPS)
2016    Costin Neniţescu Medal, awarded by the Romanian Chemical 
                Society (SChR)
2016    Doctor Honoris Causa (Dr. h.c.) by Ss. Cyril and Methodius 
                University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
2016    Costin Nenitzescu-Rudolf Criegee Lecture, awarded jointly by 
                GDCh and the Romanian Academy of Sciences
2015    Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Lecture, awarded jointly by GDCh and 
                Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ) 
2014    Doctor Honoris Causa by Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania
2013    IUPAC 2013 Distinguished Woman in Chemistry or Chemical 
                Engineering Award
since 2010      Member of AcademiaNet (
02/2009-03/2009    Australian National University Fellowship, ANU, 
                          Canberra, Australia
08/2007-10/2007    Visiting Erskine Fellowship, University of        
                          Canterbury, New Zealand
06/2007    Invited Professor, Université de Rennes 1, France
02/2007    Visiting Professorship, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey 
                (by TÜBITAK)
05/1999    Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem FRSC)
1990-1993    Heisenberg Grant, DFG, Germany
1984-1986    Liebig Grant, Verband der chemischen Industrie, 

since 11/2018     Member of the ChemRxiv Scientific Advisory Board
since 07/2017 Member of the GDCh/Wiley-VCH Publishing Advisory Board
since 04/2017     Member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft der Humboldtianer e.V. 
since 01/2016 Member of the Board of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)
since 11/2012     Member of the Editorial Board of “Inorganics”
since 10/2011     Member of the International Advisory Board of the journal 
since 2006     Member of the Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)
since 2005     Member of the Deutsche Technion-Gesellschaft eV 
since 2002     Member of the Editorial Board of Zeitschrift für Angewandte 
                         und Allgemeine Chemie 
since 1993     Member of the Wöhler Vereinigung of the German Chemical 
                         Society (GDCh)
since 1993     Member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Universitäts-  
                         professoren und -professorinnen für Chemie (ADUC) of the 
                         German Chemical Society (GDCh)
since 1983     Member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)

October 1990-March 1993:
Guest Researcher at the University of Karlsruhe (with Heisenberg Grant), Germany
September 1988-August 1990:
Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State  Chemistry, Stuttgart, Germany, with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. H. G. von Schnering
March 1986- March 1987:
Joint work with Prof. Dr. B. S. Wild at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (research grant)
October 1985-March 1986:
Joint work with Prof. Dr. C. L. Raston at the University of Western Australia, Australia, funded by the Verband der chemischen Industrie (Liebig Grant)
July 1984-September 1985:
Joint work with Prof. Dr. M. F. Lappert, FRS, at the University of Sussex, England, funded by the Verband der Chemischen Industrie (Liebig Grant)

since 05/2016: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, NAWI Graz (University of Graz and TU Graz), Austria
since 02/2015: Member of the Senatsausschuss Evaluierung der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft
since 2014: Speaker of the Forschungsprofilbereich Complex Matter” (one of nine centres of excellence at Leipzig University, together with Prof. M. Grundmann), 
since 07/2013: Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Faculty of Chemistry, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
since 09/2011: Referee for the DAAD programme PROMOS at Universität Leipzig
since 01/2011: Member of the Virtual Institute for Energy Research (VIER),
since 11/2009: Member of the Board of Trustees of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation)
since 8/2008: Member of the Förderverein Chemikum Marburg
since 10/2007 : Member of the Graduate School (“Building with Molecules and Nano-objects” (BuildMoNa),
since 04/2007: Referee for the German Accrediting Organisation “ASIIN”
since 2005: Coordinator of the Graduate Exchange Programme (ISAP, funded by DAAD) between the Department of Chemistry, Monash University, Australia, and the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Leipzig University http://
since 3/2003:
Member of the Graduate Committee of the University of Leipzig and Head of the Sub-committee “Science” (UK3) (since 12/2005)
since 2003: Referee for several DAAD programmes
since 1/2002: Vertrauensdozentin (contact) of Leipzig University for the Organising Committee of the Conference of Nobel Laureates (Chemistry) in Lindau
since 2002: Member (Associate) of the “Centre for Magnetic Resonance” at Leipzig University. 
since 7/2001: Head of the board of trustees of the Institute of Non-classical Chemistry e.V.
since 2001: Member (Associate) of the “Biomedical Biotechnological Centre” at Leipzig University. 
since 1999: Member of the Graduate Committee of the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy
since 9/1999: Member of the Faculty Committee
since 1999: Referee for the Australian Research Council (ARC)
since 6/1998: Vertrauensdozentin (tutor) der Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation), since 3/2001 in charge of all Vertrauensdozenten (16) (tutors) in Leipzig
since 1993: Referee for publications in Angewandte Chemie, Chemistry, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry, Heteroatom Chemistry, Polyhedron, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Zeitschrift für Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie, and others