Peter Grunwald studied chemistry at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Hamburg, Germany. He graduated in the field of high-frequency spectroscopy and then became a staff member of the Institute of Physical Chemistry. After receiving his PhD in physical chemistry, he founded a biotechnology research group. He was appointed professor in 2001. His research interests focus on immobilized biocatalysts, kinetics of enzymes in organic solvents, and interactions between biocatalysts and heavy metal ions. Prof. Grunwald is also interested in chemical education, including curriculum development. He has authored a textbook on biochemistry and is an editorial board member of Catalysts.