19 - 22 May 2026 OTWorld

Prof. Dr. Thomas Brück


Thomas B. Brück


1.           CV

Family name         Brück

First name             Thomas Bartholomäus

Date of birth          27 September 1972

Place of birth         Cologne, Germany

Nationality             German

Marital status        Married, 2 children

Work address        Technical University of Munich, Department of Chemistry, Werner Siemens-Chair of Synthetic Biotechnology, Lichtenbergstr. 4, 85748 Garching, Germany

Telephone             +49 89 289 13253

E-mail                   brueck@tum.de

Private address     Gfällach Str. 1, 85452 Moosinning, Germany

Homepage            http://www.wssb.ch.tum.de 



2018-present         Full Professor, Werner Siemens-Chair of Synthetic Biotechnology, Technical University of Munich, Garching, Germany

2011-2017             Associate Professor, Industrial Biocatalysis, Technical University of Munich, Garching, Germany

2008-2011             Portfolio-Manager Technologies and Patents, Süd-Chemie AG, Munich, Germany

2006-2008             Head of Assay and Application-Development, Süd-Chemie AG, Munich, Germany

2006-2011             Visiting Assistant Professor in Marine Biotechnology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, U.S.A.

2004-2006             Associate Professor Marine Biotechnology and Head of Marine Biocatalysis and Proteomics group at the Centre of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, U.S.A.

2003-2004             Postdoctoral Associate at the Natural Products Chemistry group of the Centre of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, U.S.A.


University Education

1998-2002             PhD in Biochemistry (Greenwich University, London, U.K.)

1996-1997             Master of Philosophy in Medicine (Keele University, Stoke-on Trent, U.K.)

1992-1996             Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Chemistry (Keele University, Stoke-on Trent, U.K.)



2020-present       Elected Member of the German National Bioeconomy Council
Vice Dean of the Dept. of Chemistry

2019-present       Elected Member of the TUM Catalysis Research Institute and the Tum Institute    for Food and Health (Ziel)

2011-present       Elected Member of the Industrial Biotechnology consortium at TUM

                            Member – Academic coordination board of Master courses in Industrial Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Economics, Dept. of Chemistry and Munich School of Engineering, Technical University of Munich

2017-present       Chair – Synthetic Biotechnology, Dept. of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich.


Honours and Awards

2019                     TUM Sustainability Award

2018                     e-Ward for Sustainable Innovation

2017                     Werner Siemens Endowed Chair, Technical University Munich (TUM)

2011                     Clariant Endowed Professorship, Technical University of Munich (TUM)


2.           Most relevant publications

Fuchs T, Melcher F, Rerop Z S, Lorenzen J, Shaigani P, Awad D, Haack M, Prem S A, Masri M, Mehlmer N, Brück T B. (2021) Identifiying carbohydrate-active enzymes of Cutaneotrichosporon oleaginosus using systems biology, Microbial Cell Factories, (2021) 20:205; https://doi.org/10.1186/s12934-021-01692-2 IF= 5.6


Raz K, Driller R, Dimos N, Ringel M, Brück T, Loll B, Major DT. (2020) The Impression of a Nonexisting Catalytic Effect: The Role of CotB2 in Guiding the Complex Biosynthesis of Cyclooctat-9-en-7-ol, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Volume 142, Issue 51, pp 21562-21574 IF= 12.8


Masri, M. A.; Garbe, D.; Mehlmer, N.; Brück, T. B., A sustainable, high-performance process for the economic production of waste-free microbial oils that can replace plant-based equivalents. Energy & Environmental Science 2019, 12, 2717 – 2732 IF= 34


Driller, R., Janke, S., Fuchs, M., Warner, E., Mhashal, A. R., Major, D. T., Christmann, M., Brück, T., & Loll, B. (2018). Towards a comprehensive understanding of the structural dynamics of a bacterial diterpene synthase during catalysis. Nature Communications, 9(1), 3971. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06325-8 IF= 12.7


Qaroush, A.K., Assaf, K.I.,  Bardaweel, S.K., Al-Khateeb, A., Alsoubani, F., Al-Ramahi,E., Masri, M., Brück, T.,  Troll, C., Rieger, B., and  Eftaiha, A.F., (2017) Chemisorption of CO2 by chitosan oligosaccharide/DMSO: organic carbamato–carbonato bond formation. Green Chem., 19: 4305-4314. IF= 8.6



Program Items

16/05/2024 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Keynote

Using sustainable, greenhouse gas neutral, high-performance materials is becoming more and more important in the plastics sector. Participants learn about new bio-based methods for the production of “green” bio-based carbon fibres. These high-performance lightweight materials can be used in the production of plastics. They are an alternative to the production methods with conventional carbon fibres currently in use.

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