unibaselDepartment of Chemistry

Andreas Pfaltz Laboratory

Research Assistants

Esther Hörmann

University of Basel
Department of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
St. Johanns-Ring 19
CH-4056 Basel

Tel.: +41 / 61 / 207 56 53




April 13, 1965 in Dornach, Switzerland





Baccalaureate degree from the Gymnasium Münchenstein in music and arts (type M)


Bachelor of Science at the University of Basel, Switzerland



Industrial experience at Cenovis (Rheinfelden, AG) in food processing


1987- 1988

Industrial experience at Novartis (previously Sandoz, Basel )



Member of the catalysis research group of Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel



Two-year stay in the USA, followed by a family break back in Switzerland



Research assistant in the group of Prof. A. Zuberbühler, Department of Chemistry, University of Basel. " Binding of molecular oxygen to Cu complexes"


Since 2001

Research assistant in the group of Prof. A. Pfaltz at the University of Basel



Metal complexes with macrocyclic ligands. Part XLI. Nickel(II) and copper(II) complexes with mono-N-functionalized dithiadiazamacrocycles.
E. Hoermann, P. C. Riesen, M.Neuburger, M. Zehnder, T. A. Kaden, Helvetica Chimica Acta 1996, 79, 235-243.

Reversible Binding of Dioxygen by the Copper(I) Complex with Tris(2-dimethylaminoethyl)amine (Me6tren) Ligand.
M. Weitzer, S. Schindler, G. Brehm, S. Schneider, E. Hoermann, B. Jung, S. Kaderli, A. D. Zuberbuehler, Inorganic Chemistry 2003, 42, 1800-1806.

Iridium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Hydrogenation of Olefins.
A. Pfaltz, J. Blankenstein, R. Hilgraf, E. Hörmann, S. McIntyre, F. Menges, M. Schönleber, S. P. Smidt, B. Wüstenberg, N. Zimmermann, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2003, 345 , 33-44.

Iridium-catalyzed enantioselective hydrogenation of terminal alkenes.
S. McIntyre, E. Hörmann, F. Menges, S. Smidt, A. Pfaltz, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2005, 347, 282-288.

Iridium-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of olefins using pyridine-phosphinites derived from the chiral pool.
R. Zalubovskis, E. Hörmann, A. Pfaltz, C. Moberg ARKIVOC (Gainesville, FL, United States) 2008, 14, 58-66.

Iridium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Unfunctionalized, Trialkyl-Substituted Olefins.
A. Wang, R. P. Fraga, E. Hörmann, A. Pfaltz, Chem. Asian J. 2011, 6, 599.

Asymmetric Hydrogenation of α,β-Unsaturated Carboxylic Esters with Chiral Iridium N,P Ligand Complexes. D. H. Woodmansee, M.-A. Müller, L. Tröndlin, E. Hörmann, A. Pfaltz, Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 13780.