Frank Glorius was educated in chemistry at the Universität Hannover, Stanford University (Wender), Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and Universität Basel (Pfaltz), and Harvard University (Evans). He began his independent research career at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (Fürstner) in 2001 and was appointed Associate Prof. at the Philipps-Universität Marburg in 2004. Since 2007 he is a Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.
His research program focuses on the development of new concepts for (asymmetric) catalysis. The group is especially interested in the chemistry of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs), C-H activation, arene hydrogenation, NHC organocatalysis, photoredox catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis with tailor-made, surface-modified nanoparticles and, the development of smart screening methodology. This work was acknowledged by a couple of distinguished awards, such as the OMCOS award, the Leibniz award of the DFG (highest German research award), an ERC grant, the Mukaiyama award and the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher acknowledgment.