Thomas M. Klapötke is received his Ph.D. in 1986 (TU Berlin), post-doc in Fredericton, New Brunswick, habilitation in 1990 (TU Berlin). From 1995 until 1997 Klapötke was Ramsay Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Since 1997 he has held the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at LMU Munich. In 2009 Klapötke was appointed a Visiting Professor at CECD, University of Maryland and in 2014 he was appointed a Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island. Klapötke is a Fellow of the RSC (C.Sci., C.Chem. F.R.S.C.), a member of the ACS and the Fluorine Division of the ACS, a member of the GDCh, a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wehrtechnik (DWT), and a Life Member of both the IPS and the National Defense Industrial Association. Most of Klapötke's scientific collaborations are between LMU and ARL in Aberdeen, MD and ARDEC in Picatinny, NJ. Klapötke also collaborates with ERDC in Champaign, IL. And Prof Ang, How-Ghee (NTU, Singapore).
He is the executive editor of Zeitschrift für Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie, the Subject Editor in the area of explosives synthesis of the Central European Journal of Energetic Materials and an editorial board member of Propellants, Explosives and Pyrotechnics, the Journal of Energetic Materials, the International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion, and the Chinese Journal of Explosives & Propellants. Klapötke has published over 700 papers, 31 book chapters and nine books.