Matthias Beller, studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he completed his PhD thesis in 1989 in the group of L.-F. Tietze. After spending a year with K. B. Sharpless at MIT, USA Beller worked in industry from 1991 to 1995. Then, he moved to the Technical University of Munich as Professor for Inorganic Chemistry. In 1998, he relocated to Rostock to head the Institute for Organic Catalysis, which became in 2006 the Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis. The work of his group has been published in >800 original publications, reviews and >90 patent applications. He has received several awards including the Leibniz-Price of the DFG, the Paul-Rylander Award of the Organic Reaction Catalysis Society of the USA. In 2006 he received the German Federal Cross of Merit. Besides he received the first “European price for Sustainable Chemistry”. He was awarded honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Antwerp and the University of Rennes.