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Prof. Dr. Rainer Haag

Institut für Chemie und Biochemie - Organische und Makromolekulare Chemie

Freie Universität Berlin

Adresse: Takustr. 3
14195 Berlin


Raum: 34.11
Telefon: +49 (30) 838 52633
Telefax: +49 (30) 838 452633
Sekretariat: +49 (30) 838 53358




University training and degree

1992 – 1995

Doctoral research with Prof. Armin de Meijere at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

1987 – 1992
Diploma in Chemistry at the Technical University Darmstadt and Göttingen, Germany


Advanced academic qualifications


Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Freiburg, 2002
Mentor: Prof. Dr. Rolf Mülhaupt


Organic Chemistry, University of Göttingen, 1995 (summa cum laude)
Supervisor: Prof. Armin de Meijere


Postgraduate professional career

Since 2004

Chair Professor of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


Visiting professor, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with Prof. Gerd Multhaup and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada,
with Prof. Don Brooks and Prof. J. Kizhakkedathu


Visiting professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA,
with Prof. David Weitz

2003 – 2004

Associate Professor of Organic Polymer Chemistry, Universität Dortmund

1999 – 2002

Group Leader and Habilitation at Freiburg Materials Research Center and Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry, Universität Freiburg

1997 – 1999

Research associate in the Department of Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, with Prof. George M. Whitesides

1996 – 1997

Postdoctoral fellow at the Chemical Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK, with Prof. Steven V. Ley


Honors and Awards


Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering


Innovation Award Berlin-Brandenburg with the startup DendroPharm


Teaching Award for the Concept “Translation of Project Ideas”,
Freie Universität Berlin


Honorary Life-time Fellow of the Indian Society of Biology and Chemistry


Arthur Doolittle Award of the American Chemical Society (ACS)


Nanoscience Award for Young Scientists from the Ministry of Science


Early Career Award of the German Chemical Industry (VCI)


Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize of the German Science Foundation (DFG)


Reimund-Stadler-Prize of GdCh-Division Macromolecular Chemistry


ADUC-Habilitation-Award of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)


Selected Member of the Study Foundation of the German People


Activities (selected)

Since 2021

Spokesperson of the DFG-funded International Research Training Group “Charging into the Future“ (IRTG 2662)

Since 2021

Spokesperson of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center “Dynamic Hydrogels at Biointerfaces“ (CRC 1449)

Since 2017

International Advisory Board of the Journal “Angewandte Chemie”

Since 2015

Spokesperson of the Research Building “Supramolecular Functional Architectures at Biointerfaces“ (SupraFAB) at Freie Universität Berlin

Since 2015

Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Central Science and Biomacromolecules

Since 2013

Steering Committee of the Helmholtz Graduate School “MacroBio”

Since 2012

FU-Spokesperson of Helmholtz Virtual Institute “Multifunctional Biomaterials for Medicine“ (VI-423)

Since 2009

Spokesperson of Focus Area “Nanoscale“, Freie Universität Berlin


Spokesperson of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center “Multivalency as Chemical Organization and Action Principle“ (CRC 765)

Since 2008

Member of the Excellence Council of the Freie Universität Berlin


Selection of relevant publications


C. Nie, P. Pouyan, D. Lauster, J. Trimpert, Y. Kerkhoff, G. P. Szekeres, M. Wallert, S. Block, A. K. Sahoo, J. Dernedde, K. Pagel, B. B. Kaufer, R. R. Netz, M. Ballauff, R. Haag, Polysulfates block SARS-CoV-2 uptake via electrostatic interactions. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021;60:15870.


C. Nie, M. Stadtmüller, B. Parshad, M. Wallert, Y. Kerkhoff, S. Bhatia, S. Block, C. Cheng, T. Wolff, R. Haag, Heteromultivalent topology-matched nanostructures as potent and broad-spectrum influenza A virus inhibitors. Sci. Adv. 2021;7:eabd3803.


X. Fan, F. Yang, C. Nie, L. Ma, C. Cheng, R. Haag, Biocatalytic Nanomaterials: A New Pathway for Bacterial Disinfection Adv. Mater. 2021;33:2100637


C. Nie, B. Parshad, S. Bhatia, C. Cheng, M. Stadtmüller, A. Oehrl, Y. Kerkhoff, T. Wolff, R. Haag, Reverse design of an influenza neutralizing spiky nano-inhibitor with a dual mode of action. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020:59, 15532.


S. Bhatia, M. Hilsch, J. L. Cuellar Camacho, K. Ludwig, C. Nie, B. Parshad, M. Wallert, S. Block, D. Lauster, C. Böttcher, A. Herrmann, R. Haag, Adaptive flexible sialylated nanogels as highly potent influenza A virus inhibitors. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020; 59:12417.


M. S. Chowdhury, W. Zheng, S. Kumari, J. Heyman, X. Zhang, P. Dey, D. Weitz, R. Haag, Dendronized fluorosurfactant for highly stable water-in-fluorinated oil emulsions with minimal inter-droplet transfer of small molecules. Nat. Commun. 2019;10:4546.


C. Cheng, S. Li, A. Thomas, R. Haag, et al. Water-Processable and Bioactive Graphene Nano-Ink for Flexible Bio-Electronics. Adv. Mater. 2018;30:1705452.


Z. Qi, P. Bharate, C.H. Lai, B. Ziem, C. Böttcher, A. Schulz, F. Beckert, B. Hatting, R. Mulhaupt, P.H. Seeberger, R. Haag. Multivalency at Interfaces: Supramolecular Carbohydrate-Functionalized Graphene Derivatives for Bacterial Capture, Release, and Disinfection. Nano Lett. 2015;15:6051.

J. Vonnemann, S. Liese, C. Kuehne, K. Ludwig, J. Dernedde, C. Böttcher, R.R. Netz, R. Haag. Size Dependence of Steric Shielding and Multivalency Effects for Globular Binding Inhibitors. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015;137:2572.
Q. Wei, T. Becherer, P.-L. M. Noeske, I. Grunwald, R. Haag. A Universal Approach to Crosslinked Hierarchical Polymer Multilayers as Stable and Highly Efficient Antifouling Coatings. Adv. Mater. 2014;26:2688.

CV Haag 2022


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