Prof. Wilfried A. König

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image:Wkoenig.gif  Professor Dr. Wilfried A. König
 (*28th October 1939   †19th November 2004)

Born 28th October 1939 in Römerstadt; 1959-1968 University of Tübingen, Dr. rer.nat (under Prof. Ernst Bayer), 1968-1970 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA; 1971-1974 Habilitation, University of Tübingen, since 1975 Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Hamburg.

Editorial Board Member of Flavour & Fragrance Journal, Chirality, Phytochemistry, Journal of Separation Science. Since 1998 Board Member of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. 2004 M.J. Golay Award. More than 460 research papers and 3 books.

Image:AcrobatPDF.gif List of research papers

Cyclodextrin Chemistry and Enantioselective Gas Chromatography

Professor König invented and established the use of modified cyclodextrins as stationary phases in capillary gas chromatography. Today, most volatile chiral compounds can be separated in their enantiomers using one of several available cyclodextrin-based capillary GC columns. Particularly monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, pharmaceuticals, PCBs, pesticides, paracyclophanes, and biphenyls can be successfully resolved.

Essential Oils and Terpenoid Chemistry

Professor König significantly contributed to the knowledge about essential oils and plant volatiles. He discovered several new sesquiterpenes and improved analytical techniques required for the detailed analysis of essential oils, particularly in modern structure elucidation, mass spectrometry and gas chromatography. He created the unique mass spectral library Terpenoids and Related Constituents of Essential Oils featuring both high-quality mass specta and retention indices on a non-polar stationary phase of approx. 2000 monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, diterpenes and related constituents commonly found in essential oils. The Terpenoids Library is part of the MassFinder 4 GC/MS software.

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