Group Leader

Milan Kivala 2018

Prof. Dr. Milan Kivala

ResearcherID: D-2855-2012


Institute of Organic Chemistry

Im Neuenheimer Feld 272
69120 Heidelberg
Room 02.008

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54 6208




Curriculum Vitae

Milan Kivala was born in Rakovník, Czech Republic. He received his M.Sc. degree in 2003 from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague. In 2008 he completed his Ph.D. studies under the supervision of Prof. François Diederich at ETH Zurich and after a short postdoctoral stay at the same institution, he joined in 2009 the group of Prof. Klaus Müllen at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. In 2011 he moved to the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg where he completed his Habilitation on the synthesis and study of molecular fragments of heteroatom-doped carbon allotropes under the mentorship of Prof. Rik R. Tykwinski in 2016. In 2017 he has been appointed interim Chair at the same institution.

In October 2018 he resumed his current position as a W3-Professor for Organic Chemistry at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. His research program focuses on functional π-electron systems and materials science to create unprecedented molecular entities that assemble into functional devices. The focal point of his research, is of course, organic synthesis providing the opportunity to fabricate novel molecular architectures from carefully designed precursor molecules.


  • since 2018
    Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
    W3 Professorship
  • 2017 – 2018
    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Lehrstuhlvertretung / Interim Professorship (W3)
  • 2013 – 2016 
    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Habilitation with Prof. Dr. Rik Tykwinski
  • 2011 – 2013     
    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Junior group leader
  • 2009 – 2011  
    Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
    Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Dr. Klaus Müllen
  • 2008 – 2009  
    ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Dr. François Diederich
  • 2001 – 2002  
    Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
    Visiting researcher with Prof. Dr. Krister Holmberg


  • 2004 – 2008  
    ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    Ph.D. with Prof. Dr. François Diederich
  • 2003                
    Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
    Diploma thesis with Prof. Dr. František Liška
  • 1998 – 2003  
    Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
    Undergraduate studies in chemistry



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