Martin Beyer was born in 1969 in Ingolstadt, Germany. He studied physics at Technical University of Munich, where he did his diploma thesis in the group of Prof. Vladimir Bondybey on gas-phase reactions of rhenium oxides. For his PhD work, again with Prof. Bondybey, he worked on the structure and reactivity of solvated ions, combining experiments with quantum chemical calculations. He received his PhD in 1999, summa cum laude. After post-doctoral research at UC Berkeley, working with Prof. Richard Saykally and Prof. Julie Leary, he returned to TU Munich for his habilitation, which he finished in 2004. In 2005, he moved to TU Berlin, to work in the organic chemistry department as an associate of Prof. Helmut Schwarz. In 2007, he was appointed professor for physical chemistry at Kiel University. In 2008, he received an offer for a professor position at the Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry at York University, Toronto, but decided to stay in Kiel. Since October 2013, Martin Beyer is professor at the Institute for Ion Physics and Applied Physics at the University of Innsbruck. His research group works on gas phase reactions of solvated ions and clusters, and single-molecule force spectroscopy of mechanochemical reactions.
Martin Beyer received a Feodor Lynen fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation in 1999, the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung in 2003, and a Heisenberg fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in 2005.