Prof. Grützmacher studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, (PhD in 1986 with H.W. Roesky). Subsequently, he spent one post-doc year with G. Bertrand in Toulouse. After his habilitation in 1992 at the University of Heidelberg he joined the University of Freiburg as Professor for inorganic chemistry. In 1995 he was appointed as Associate Professor of inorganic chemistry at the ETH where he was promoted to a full professorship in 2001. His research focusses on synthetic main group element chemistry and complexes with metal centers in unusual oxidation states and their application in homogenous catalysis.