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11/30/17

An Award for Research and Teaching: Bill Morandi received the Hoechst Lecturer Award from the Aventis Foundation

An Award for Research and Teaching: Bill Morandi received the Hoechst Lecturer 
Award from the Aventis Foundation

The Hoechst Lecturer Award from the Aventis Foundation and the Chemical Industry Fund (FCI) goes to Bill Morandi from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung. The chemist received the award for his outstanding performance in research and teaching during a special event organized at the Evonik Industries headquarters on November 23, 2017.

Since 2014 Morandi has been leading the Max Planck Research group “Homogenous Catalysis and Reaction Design” at the MPI KOFO. With his team of 15 coworkers, he focuses his research on sustainability and the development of novel concepts in catalysis. With the concept of “Shuttle Catalysis”, Morandi discovered a new approach to catalysis that can be used, for example, to perform a hydrocyanation reaction without relying on highly toxic hydrogen cyanide as a reagent. This novel approach to catalysis is one of the group’s most important discoveries. The 34-year-old scientist has already received several important Chemistry-Awards for his Shuttle-Catalysis-Concept. Bill Morandi also holds a courtesy teaching position at the Ruhr University in Bochum.

The Hoechst Lecturer Award is awarded to excellent young scientists in the field of chemistry and biochemistry. It is awarded by the Chemical Industry Fund and financed by the Aventis Foundation. The award demonstrates that Bill Morandi has managed to establish an independent research area and recognizes his excellence and creativity in research.

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Photo: VCI/Elschner. Bill Morandi (left) together with Prof. Dr. François Diederich from the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry of the ETH Zurich.