Corzilius group

Prof. Dr. Björn Corzilius

Principal Investigator

born on July 30,1979 in Dieburg, Germany

University of Rostock
Institute of Chemistry
Physical Chemistry

Albert-Einstein-Straße 25
18059 Rostock

Office: 208
Phone: +49 (0)381 498 8979
Fax: +49 (0)381 498 6537

Studies and degrees

  • 1999: Studies of Chemistry, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • 2005: Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) in Physical Chemistry under supervision of Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Dinse, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • 2008: Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Physical Chemistry under supervision of Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Dinse, TU Darmstadt, Germany


  • 2005 - 2008: Research Associate, Physical Chemistry, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • 2009 - 2010: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2010 - 2013: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2013 - 2019: Junior Principal Investigator, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry / Biophysical Chemistry, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • since 2019: University Professor (W2) of Physical Chemistry with focus on solid-state NMR spectroscopy, University of Rostock, Germany

Honers and awards

  • 1999: Book prize of the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie"
  • 2002: Dr. Anton Keller Prize (TU Darmstadt)
  • 2006: Alarich Weiss Prize (TU Darmstadt)
  • 2009: Research Fellowship (DFG)
  • 2012: Emmy Noether Fellowship (DFG)
  • 2016: Felix Bloch Lecture (GDCh)
  • 2017: Regitze M. Vold Memorial Prize (Groupement AMPERE / ISMAR)
  • 2018: Best Ph.D. supervision (GRADE Research Academy, Goethe University Frankfurt)

Service to the scientific community

  • Since 2019: Reviewing Editor for Experimental Results (Cambridge University Press)
  • Since 2019: Member of the extended board of the Department „Life, Light and Matter“ of the Interdisciplinary Faculty (INF) at the University of Rostock
  • Since 2020: Jury member for the Add-on Fellowships of the Joachim Herz Foundation, Hamburg

Selected publications

  1. B. Corzilius*: High-Field Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 71, 7.1–7.28 (2020).
  2. V. Aladin, M. Vogel, R. Binder, I. Burghardt, B. Suess, and B. Corzilius*: Complex formation of the tetracycline‐binding aptamer investigated by specific cross‐relaxation under DNP, Angew. Chem. 131, 4917–4922 (2019); Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58, 4863–4868 (2019).
  3. B. Corzilius: Paramagnetic metal ions for dynamic nuclear polarization, eMagRes 7, 179–194 (2018).
  4. A. S. Lilly Thankamony, J. J. Wittmann, M. Kaushik, and B. Corzilius*: Dynamic nuclear polarization for sensitivity enhancement in modern solid-state NMR, Prog. Nucl. Magn. Reson. Spectrosc. 102–103, 120–195 (2017).
  5. M. Kaushik, M. Qi, A. Godt,* and B. Corzilius*: Bis-Gadolinium Complexes for Solid Effect and Cross Effect Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, Angew. Chem. 134, 4359–4363 (2017); Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 56, 4295–4299 (2017).
  6. D. Daube, V. Aladin, J. Heiliger, J. J. Wittmann, D. Barthelmes, C. Bengs, H. Schwalbe, and B. Corzilius*: Heteronuclear Cross-relaxation under Solid-state Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 16572–16575 (2016).
  7. M. Kaushik, T. Bahrenberg, T. V. Can, M. A. Caporini, R. Silvers, J. Heiliger, A. A. Smith, H. Schwalbe, R. G. Griffin, and B. Corzilius*: Gd(III) and Mn(II) complexes for dynamic nuclear polarization: small molecular chelate polarizing agents and applications with site-directed spin labeling of proteins, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 27205–27218 (2016).
  8. B. Corzilius*: Theory of solid effect and cross effect dynamic nuclear polarization with half-integer high-spin metal polarizing agents in rotating solids, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 27190–27204 (2016).
  9. P. Wenk, M. Kaushik, D. Richter, M. Vogel, B. Suess, and B. Corzilius*: Dynamic Nuclear Polarization of Nucleic Acid with Endogenously Bound Manganese, J. Biomol. NMR 63, 97–109 (2015).
  10. B. Corzilius, A. A. Smith, A. B. Barnes, C. Luchinat, I. Bertini, and R. G. Griffin: High-Field Dynamic Nuclear Polarization with High-Spin Transition Metal Ions, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 5648–5651 (2011).