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About Hans-Joerg Schanz

Dr. Hans-Jorg Schanz has received his Diploma (1995) and Ph.D. (1997) from the Universitat Bayreuth in Germany. His Ph.D. research project under the supervision of Prof. Bernd Wrackmeyer was focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel electron-deficient cages made from boron and carbon, so-called carboranes, based on a unique approach using the simultaneous hydroboration/condensation of unsaturated organoboranes. In 1998, he joined the research group of Prof. Steve Nolan at the University of New Orleans as postdoctoral researcher where he investigated the synthesis and catalytic activity of ruthenium-based olefin metathesis catalysts. Here he developed the first general synthetic protocol for the “2nd generation Grubbs-type” catalysts. In 1999, he joined the research group of Prof. Russell Grimes at the University of Virginia on a Feodor-Lynen fellowship sponsored by the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation as a postdoctoral associate, where he developed and investigated novel controlled cage-rearrangement reactions of metallacarboranes. The new cages served as model compounds for molecular wires. In his third postdoctoral stint in 2001, Dr. Schanz joined the research group of Prof. Declan Gilheany again at the University College Dublin in Ireland as a Marie-Curie fellow sponsored by the European Union. Here he investigated the stereoselective epoxidation of alkenes with manganese and chromium complexes. He developed a series of new catalysts as well as a combinatorial (high-throughput) approach to the catalyst evaluation. In 2003, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi where he developed a research program in “catalysis in alternative media” and “stimuli-responsive catalysis”. His developments yielded a commercial patent application partnered by BASF SE, the world’s largest chemical company, on the first effective emulsion ROMP process for DCPD. Furthermore, he developed the first reversible “on/off” switch for an olefin metathesis reaction and a highly active catalyst class for ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) in aqueous media. In 2011, he joined the Chemistry Department at Georgia Southern University with a research focus on homogeneous catalysis and polymeric materials.


2011 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Science and Mathematics, College of
Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award, University of Southern Mississippi (2007)
  • University Summer Faculty Research Award, University of Southern Mississippi (2004)
  • Marie-Curie-Host-Development Fellowship Award, European Union (2001-2003)
  • Feodor-Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia (1999-2000)


  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 3341)
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 3342)

Contact Information

Georgia Southern University
Chemistry Department
250 Forrest Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460-8064
Phone: (912) 478-7350


Publications (36)