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August 27, 2012
Detlef Schröder: Scientific Community Loses Prominent Mass Spectrometrist
Dr. Detlef Schröder of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic died unexpectedly on August 22, 2012, at the age of 49. Schröder was a worldwide recognized scientist in the field of mass spectrometry with a broad experience in all areas of gas-phase ion chemistry. His research interests ranged from the investigation of fundamental aspects of diatomic molecules to the elucidation of organic and inorganic reaction mechanisms or the study of problems of astrochemical and biochemical interest. His premature death is a great loss for the scientific community.
Detlef Schröder was born in Wilster, Germany, and studied chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), where he earned his Ph.D. (with honors) in 1989 under the supervision of Professor Helmut Schwarz. He continued working as a scientific researcher in Berlin until 2006 and obtained his Habilitation from the same university in 2007. Schröder was Distinguished Chair of the IOCB in Prague since 2011.
Helmut Schwarz, who got to know Schröder as a young, talented student in the 1980s and continued working with him later, when he had become an experienced and successful scientist, was deeply touched by the news: “I have been privileged throughout my academic career to interact with truly outstanding students and postdoctoral fellows, and the late Detlef Schröder was unique among them", Schwarz told ChemPhysChem. "He embraced science with unparalleled enthusiasm, his energy seemed boundless and his dedication to academic affairs exemplary; undergraduate students and faculty alike loved Detlef for the way he interacted with and supported much less gifted fellow colleagues. No surprise that there is a worldwide community of admirers and friends mourning Detlef Schröder's untimely death."
Dr. Christopher Shaffer, a postdoctoral fellow at Schröder's institute and co-author of many of his most recent publications, agrees with this: "Detlef's catholic mastery of, and passion for chemistry generated such a level of inspiration that it will be hard, neigh impossible, to match within the hearts of those who were familiar with him", he said.
Schröder's contributions to science are documented in more than 360 publications in peer-reviewed journals and have been honored with several awards including the newly created Rudolf Lukeš Prize, which he received recently from the Czech Chemical Society "for his excellent work in the area of organic, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry". Schröder also served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry. He was an outstanding chemist and a great researcher, who will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues.
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