Mathias Christmann was born in Peine, Germany. He received a chemistry diploma from TU Braunschweig in 1998, before completing a Ph.D. with Markus Kalesse at the Universität Hannover (2001). Following a postdoctoral stint with Craig J. Forsyth at the University of Minnesota, he started his independent career in 2003 at the RWTH Aachen and obtained his habilitation in 2007. From 2008-2013, he has been an associate professor of organic chemistry at the TU Dortmund. In 2013, he accepted an offer from Freie Universität Berlin where he is a professor of organic chemistry. His research focus lies in the areas of catalysis, natural products synthesis, and sustainable chemistry.