Prof. W. Zimmermann


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zimmermann

Institut für Analytische Chemie

Post: Johannisallee 29, D-04103 Leipzig
Visit: Linnéstr. 3 (Zi. TA-213)

  • Sekretariat: Frau U. Zeller, Tel. +49-341-97-36100 (Zi. TA-264)

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1953 in Heidelberg, Germany. Studied biochemistry, microbiology and chemistry at the Medizinisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Hochschule Ulm and at the University of Heidelberg, receiving his Diplom degree in 1981 and doctorate in 1984 from the University of Heidelberg.

From 1985 to 1987: post-doctoral fellow in biochemistry at the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, UK.

From 1988 to 1993: assistant professor and head of the Enzyme Technology Section at the Department of Biotechnology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland.

From 1993 to 1999: Professor in Biotechnology at Aalborg University, Denmark and from 1999 to 2004 Professor and Chair in Bioprocess Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.

From 2005 to 2019: Professor and Chair in Microbiology and Bioprocess Technology, Leipzig University, Germany.

Since 2019: Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Leipzig University, Germany.

Research Topics


A key issue of the research activities is the development of enzyme-related technologies allowing access to a portfolio of novel products directed at the biopharmaceutical, biomaterial and food sectors.

In the area of polymer biotechnology, the application of biocatalysis for the modification and degradation of synthetic polymers is investigated. Enzymes are playing a growing role in polymer processing. Recent progress has demonstrated the biocatalytic functionalization of polymers with applications in textile or electronic industries and the enzymatic hydrolysis of post-consumer plastic waste for novel environmentally benign recycling processes.

While chemical synthesis of carbohydrates is often hampered by their intrinsic structural complexity, enzymes can be employed as efficient and powerful tools for the synthesis and modification of carbohydrates. By carbohydrate bioengineering, we are aiming at the identification of oligosaccharides and carbohydrate-derived products with industrial application value.


letzte Änderung: 08.09.2020