Dr. Nuno Maulide from the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim receives the “Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award” 2012 in the category “Chemistry”. The prizes, each worth EUR 10,000, have been awarded by an independent scientific committee of the Bayer Science & Education Foundation.
The selection is made on the basis of the originality and quality of candidates’ research and the significance of this work for the respective award category.
Nuno Maulide is awarded for developing new routes to synthesize highly functional small ring molecules. These novel small molecules are excellent starting points for various active ingredients or natural products.
By developing new synthetic methods beyond well-established chemical reactions the Maulide group has discovered unprecedented new phenomena and introduced novel concepts in the field of asymmetric catalysis while broadly contributing to a new set of tools to be used in all Life Sciences for stereoselective synthesis of small molecules.
“Research and science play a central role for the inventor company Bayer. I am delighted that these prizes give us the opportunity to support and motivate young scientists,” said Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Plischke, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG responsible for Innovation, Technology and Sustainability, and member of the Board of Directors of the foundation. “Bayer’s innovation strategy has long focused on intensive exchange with colleges and universities. The targeted funding of young scientists is just one element of our program – cooperation and strategic partnerships are essential for successful industrial research,” continued Plischke.
This international prize was first presented in 2009. It is awarded annually in the three categories Biology, Chemistry and Materials.