Sven was born in Kiel in 1994. After obtaining his Abitur in 2014 at the Max-Planck School, he started studying chemistry at the University of Kiel. For his bachelor thesis he analysed the organo gold(I) cross-coupling reaction to determine the optimal reaction conditions in the Staubitz group. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in 2017, he kept on working as research assistant for the SFB 677 in the group. In 2018 he moved for an internship, funded by a DAAD scholarship, to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver combining the topic of molecular switches (research group Prof. Staubitz) with the phosphaalkenes (research group Prof. Gates). Currently, he is working on his master thesis about redshifting azobenzene monomers.