Ulrich was born in southern Germany in 1977 and went to read chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Germany), from which he graduated in 2005. He then conducted postgraduate studies under the tutelage of Prof. Ian Manners (FRS) at the University of Bristol (UK), where his PhD project was concerned with the synthesis and ring-opening polymerization of highly strained metallocenophanes containing iron and cobalt.
Subsequently, he took up a postdoctoral position with Prof. Duncan Wass at the University of Bristol (UK), where he worked on autonomously self-healing composite materials for aerospace engineering applications, and the development of a new class of unusually strongly electron-donating, heteroatom-stabilized carbenes.
Following that, he was appointed a JSPS research fellow at the Institute for Chemical Research of Kyoto University (Japan), where he worked in the group of Prof. Norihiro Tokitoh on main group catalysts for the activation of industrially important small inert molecules.
Since 2012, he runs an independent scientific editing and translating service (www.mayerscientificediting.com), where he works predominantly with Brazilian and Japanese academics in the fields of chemistry, physics, materials science, biochemistry, molecular biology, medicine, pharmacology, engineering, and environmental sciences.
In 2014, he accepted a position as scientific writer in Prof. Jacqueline Cole's Molecular Engineering group at the Cavendish Laboratory.