François Diederich

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François Diederich
Diederich in 2016
Born(1952-07-09)9 July 1952
Ettelbruck, Luxembourg
Died23 September 2020(2020-09-23) (aged 68)
Alma materHeidelberg University
Scientific career
InstitutionsETH Zurich
University of California, Los Angeles
Doctoral studentsNancy Goroff

François Diederich (9 July 1952, in Ettelbruck – 23 September 2020)[1] was a Luxembourgian chemist specializing in organic chemistry.


He obtained both his diploma and PhD (first synthesis of Kekulene) from the University of Heidelberg in 1977 and 1979, respectively.

Career and research[edit]

After postdoctoral studies with Orville L. Chapman at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and habilitation at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, he became Full Professor of Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry at UCLA in 1989. In 1992 he was appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry at ETH Zurich. He retired on 31 July 2017, and remained a research-active professor at ETH Zurich. On 16 March 2019, the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) bestowed him with their highest recognition, Honorary Membership.

Diederich died on 23 September 2020 after a battle with cancer.[2][3][4]

His research interests cover a wide range of topics:

Honors and awards[edit]


Memberships in scientific academies[edit]


  • Diederich, François; Stang, Peter J.; Tykwinski, R. R. (2008). Modern supramolecular chemistry : strategies for macrocycle synthesis. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. ISBN 978-3-527-31826-1. OCLC 166378356.
  • Diederich, François; Stang, Peter J.; Tykwinski, R. R. (2005). Acetylene Chemistry : chemistry, biology and material science. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. ISBN 3-527-30781-8. OCLC 85820648.
  • Meijere, A. de; Diederich, François (2004). Metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. ISBN 3-527-30518-1. OCLC 56439681.
  • Diederich, François; Stang, Peter J. (2000). Templated organic synthesis. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. ISBN 3-527-29666-2. OCLC 42620646.
  • Diederich, François; Künzer, H. (1998). Recent trends in molecular recognition. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 978-3-662-03574-0. OCLC 743291450.
  • Stang, Peter J.; Diederich, François (1995). Modern acetylene chemistry. Weinheim: VCH. ISBN 3-527-29084-2. OCLC 34027354.


  1. ^ "Chemiker François Diederich verstorben". 25 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Professor François Diederich dies at 68". Professor François Diederich dies at 68 – Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  3. ^ Hof, Fraser; Hirsch, Anna K. H. (14 December 2020). "François Diederich – In Memoriam**". ChemMedChem. Wiley. 16 (1): 11–13. doi:10.1002/cmdc.202000920. ISSN 1860-7179. PMID 33314781. S2CID 229172844.
  4. ^ "Nachruf - Prof. Dr. François Diederich". Förderwerk Fonds (in German). 29 September 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Mitglieder". Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina (in German). 25 September 2021. Retrieved 14 August 2022.