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Tobias J. Erb is Director at the Max Planck Institute for terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. Erb studied Chemistry and Biology at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and the Ohio State University. After stays at the University of Illinois and ETH Zürich (Switzerland) he moved to the Max Planck Institute in Marburg, where he was promoted to Director in 2017.

Mr Erb received numerous awards, among them the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation and the Otto Bayer Award. He was named one of 12 up- and coming scientists by American Chemical Society’s C&EN and elected to the German Young Academy at the National Academy of Science. Erb serves as expert on the working group “Artificial Photosynthesis” and “Life Sciences” at the German National Academy of Sciences. Tobias Erb’s research centers on the discovery, function and the design of novel CO2 converting enzymes and their use in engineered and artificial photosynthesis, as well as the design of synthetic chloroplasts and cells.