Frank Schulz at the TU Dortmund University
At the beginning of the winter semester 2009/2010 the Beilstein Endowed Chair for Bioinorganic Chemistry was established by the Beilstein-Institut at the TU Dortmund University and awarded to Frank Schulz. He focused on research into new strategies for the synthesis and modification of natural products: the objective was to obtain “natural-product-like” compounds for the development of active substances used in antibiotics and anti-tumor agents.
Professor Schulz’s research group, which started in 2009 with two coworkers, had grown to 12 members by 2013 – post-docs, doctoral students, masters and bachelor students. Under the supervision of Frank Schulz, the chemists, biochemists and pharmacists of the group successfully brought a series of projects to completion.
During his time at the TU Dortmund University, Professor Schulz started a number of scientific collaborations, for example, with the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim, the Institute of Organic Chemistry in Karlsruhe, the Chemical Genomics Centre in Dortmund and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology in Aachen.
This time the funding covered a time period of two terms of three years with a volume of 650,000 euros per term. The intermediate evaluation in July 2012 was concluded with a positive result. All project objectives had been achieved or surpassed, and Frank Schulz had successfully established himself and his research work in the scientific community. The Beilstein endowed chair was an important career step for Professor Schulz who in October 2013 took on a full professorship at the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum.