Pol Besenius was born in Wiltz, Luxembourg in 1981, where he grew up and completed secondary school education. In 2000 Pol started his Chemistry studies at the Vienna University of Technology, being awarded a ‘1. Diplomprüfung’ in 2003. As an exchange student he spent a year at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and graduated as a BSc with 1st Class Honours in 2004.
From autumn 2004 until early 2008 Pol completed his PhD studies at the University of Strathclyde and WestCHEM Research School in Glasgow, under the supervision of Prof. Peter Cormack and the late Prof. David C. Sherrington FRS, in collaboration with Prof. Sijbren Otto and Prof. Jeremy K. M. Sanders FRS at the University of Cambridge.
In 2008 Pol took up a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position at the Eindhoven University of Technology with Dr. Anja Palmans and Prof. E. W. “Bert” Meijer, being awarded a Marie-Curie Fellowship in the Laboratory for Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry and the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems.
From 2011 to 2014 Pol was as Group Leader (Habilitand), in the Organic Chemistry Institute at the University of Münster and the Center for Nanotechnology under the mentorship of Prof. Bart Jan Ravoo, and supported by a Liebig Fellowship from the ‘Fonds der Chemischen Industrie’ (FCI). In December 2015 Pol completed the Habilitation and received the venia legendi in Organic Chemistry.
In January 2015 Pol was appointed as Professor (W2) for Macromolecular Chemistry in the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Mainz.
Awards and Distinctions
ERC Consolidator Grant 2018
Fudan University State Key Laboratory Senior Visiting Scholar, 2016-2018
JSP Fellow, 48th Bürgenstock Conference, 2013
Member of the Junges Kolleg der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, 2013-2014
Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2013
Liebig-Fellow, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI), 2011-2014
Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow (IEF), 2009-2011
Hamilton-Barrett Prize, 2006
JLS Allan Memorial Prize, 2004
Editor of Organic Materials (Thieme), since 2019
Deputy speaker of the Junges Kolleg der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, 2014
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Liebig-Vereinigung für Organische Chemie and Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
American Chemical Society (ACS) - member of the Organic and Polymer Divisions