Sebastian Riedel was born in Groß-Gerau, Germany, in 1975 and was trained as a chemistry laboratory technician at Siemens and Degussa in Hanau-Wolfgang. He then studied chemistry at the Universities of Siegen and Würzburg and obtained his Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry. As a Humboldt-postdoctoral fellow, he joined the groups of Markku Räsänen and Pekka Pyykkö (Helsinki) and afterward carried out a second postdoctoral stay in the group of Gary J. Schrobilgen (University of Hamilton, Canada). Having finished his habilitation at Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg in 2013, he became a full professor of inorganic chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin in the same year.
Patrick Pröhm was born in Kassel, Germany, in 1993. He studied chemistry at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany and at the Freie Universität in Berlin with a research stay at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Since 2017 he is a PhD student in the group of Prof. Riedel at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany with a focus on chlorine fluorine interhalides.
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