Prof. Dr. Benjamin List, managing director at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, will receive the Horst Pracejus prize of the German Chemical Society. The award ceremony will take place at the Chemiedozententagung of the GDCh in Berlin on the 11th of March.
Benjamin List was chosen as awardee because of his outstanding research in the field of organocatalysis. The jury underlines that he and his group have shaped this field due to their development of new enantioselective reactions as well as applicable concepts, for example the control of enantioselective reactions with chiral anions.
The Horst Pracejus prize was named after the chemist Horst Pracejus from Rostock (1927 - 1987). It is awarded since 1997 for outstanding achievements in the cross-disciplinary field of chirality. The prize comes with a certificate and a cash prize of 7.500 euros. Pracejus, best known for his work in the field of chiral catalysis, was director of the Catalysis Research Institute in Rostock, a branch of the Central Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR.