Nikolaus grew up in Vienna, Austria. He received his M.S. degree from the University of Vienna, working with Prof. Walter Weissensteiner on chiral ferrocenyl-based ligands and their application in asymmetric catalysis. Afterwards he joined the research group of Prof. Karl Kirchner at the Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien), where he obtained his Ph.D. working on the development of novel iron-based hy¬drogenation catalysts. After another two years as a PostDoc in the same group he moved to London with an Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship joining the Crimmin Group at Imperial College. His current research interests focus on bimetallic iron/aluminium systems capable for the activation of strong chemical bonds.