Graduate Students

Benni was born and raised in Munich, Germany, where he studied chemistry at the Ludwigs-Maximilians University. He worked towards his Bachelor’s thesis on the synthesis of dendrobium alkaloids in the group of Prof. Dirk Trauner. After research internships in the groups of Prof. Thomas Klapötke and Prof. Paul Knochel, he conducted an internship at Wacker, before joining the group of Dr. David Konrad for his Master’s thesis. There, his research was aimed at the preparation of chemical proteomics tools. After receiving his degree, he worked with Prof. Paul Knochel on electrophilic amination reactions and the chemistry of stereodefined organilithium compounds. He joined the Wiesenfeldt lab in Summer 2022 for his PhD at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and is also a member of the RESOLV integrated graduate school solvation science. Outside the lab, Benni enjoys playing tennis, going out with friends, and cooking.

Email: Benjamin.Bissinger[at]

Asad was born and raised in Punjab, Pakistan. He attended the University of Sargodha, Sargodha for his B.Sc. majoring in Organic Chemistry. Then he moved to Germany for his Master studies. During his M.Sc. at the University of Regensburg, he conducted two research internships in the groups of Prof. Julia Rehbein and Prof. Burkhard Koenig. He joined the group of Prof. Burkhard Koenig for his master’s thesis focusing on methodology development in photoredox catalysis. Towards the end of his M.Sc. degree, he was an ERASMUS+ Intern in the research group of Prof. Paolo Melchiorre at ICIQ, Spain. During his internship at ICIQ, he worked on the reactivity of EDA complexes. He joined Wiesenfeldt lab in August 2022 for his PhD at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and is also a part of Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung. Outside the lab, Asad likes playing badminton, exploring the beauty of nature, and watching Cricket matches.

Email: Asad.Shehzad[at]

Hai Dang Vu was born and raised in Hai Duong, Vietnam. He obtained his BSc and MSc degrees from Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE) in 2020 and 2022, respectively. During his BSc studies, he worked on the development of size-enlargement organocatalysts using trifunctional core-units in the group of Dr. Jószef Kupai (BUTE). His MSc studies focused on the synthesis of biodegradable polymers using the ruthenium-catalyzed ADMET reaction in the group of Dr. Robert Tuba at the Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He began his doctoral studies at the Ruhr University Bochum in September 2022, under the supervision of Dr. Mario Wiesenfeldt. His current research interests are focused on photo-mediated synthetic methodology.

Email: Hai.Vu[at]

Kirti was born and raised in the city of Hisar in northwestern India. She attended the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali (2016–2021) for her combined B.Sc.-M.Sc. degree with a major in Chemistry. Kirti conducted a summer internship under the supervision of Prof. Alakesh Bisai (IISER Bhopal) on the topic of Total synthesis of natural products and two internships in the group of Prof. Debabrata Maiti (IIT Bombay) (2019) researching rhodium-catalyzed C–H bond functionalization. Back at IISER Mohali, Kirti performed her master's thesis under the supervision of Dr. Sanchita Sengupta, synthesizing Chromophore-catalyst assemblies for artificial photosynthetic devices. In February 2022, Kirti joined Mario Wiesenfeldt's lab for her PhD at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She is also a part of the RESOLV integrated graduate school solvation science. In her free time, Kirti enjoys clicking pictures of nature, listening to music, watching the sunset, cooking, and exploring new cities.

Email: Kirti.Devi[at]


Claire is an American exchange student born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She studied biochemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and wrote her Bachelor’s thesis there in the group of Prof. Eugenia Kharlampieva. There, she synthesized hydrogels to serve as targeted drug delivery vehicles. After her studies, Claire pursued the 2022–2023 Fulbright Research Scholarship, which allowed her to join the Wiesenfeldt lab for 1 year in September 2022. In her free time, Claire enjoys traveling to new places, trying new food, drinking coffee, reading lots of books, and petting cats.

Email: Claire.Thomas[at]

Administrative Staff

Thuyu was born and raised in Hagen in Germany, where she went to school and got her A-levels. After that she started a training as a clerk for Office Management at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Having completed her training, she started her career at the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV, where she is also working as secretary for Mario. Outside from that, she is a Business Psychology Student at FOM Essen. In her spare time, Thuyu enjoys meeting friends, traveling, tasting good food, and listening to music or watching her favorite artists at concerts.

Email: Hoang.Le-w5s[at]

Email: Jens.Schulte[at]