The Ta-shue Chou Foundation together with the Institute of Chemistry of the Academia Sinica in Taipeh rewarded Benjamin List with the Ta-shue Chou Lectureship Award 2017. The prize honors List’s outstanding achievements in synthetic and catalytic chemistry. It is endowed with 2.000 US Dollar and was now awarded to him during the symposium in memory of Ta-shue Chou, former director of the Academia Sinica. Yu-Ju Chen, director of the institute had invited List to Taipeh where he held a lecture on his current research called ”A New Concept for Asymmetric Lewis Acid Catalysis“.
The research of Benjamin List, Director of the Department for Homogeneous Catalysis, is focused on Organocatalysis. He developed new catalysis concepts based on effective non-toxic organic catalysts. Furthermore he contributed new environmental friendly methods for the energy-efficient production of pharmaceutical agents.
About the Ta-shue Chou Lectureship Award
The Ta-shue Chou Lectureship Award is presented annually by the Academia Sinica in Taipeh in memory of the former institute director Ta-Shue Chou. Since the foundation in 2001 it is directed towards special discoveries in the area of organic synthesis. The festival lectures take place in spring commemorating the birthday of the chemist with a symposium. Previous awardees include T. Mukaiyama, L. E. Overman, D. Seebach, G. C. Fu, J. Rebek, Jr., F. Diederich and D. W. C. MacMillan.
The Award Winner Benjamin List
Benjamin List, born in 1968, studied at the Free University Berlin. He wrote his Ph.D. Thesis at the University of Frankfurt with Johann Mulzer. Until 1998 he worked as post-doctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla in the US, where he became Assistant Professor in 1999. In 2003 he returned to Germany as group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and became director there in 2005. Benjamin List is working as an Honorary Professor at the University of Cologne and received several important awards in chemistry like the ERC Advanced Grant in 2011 and 2016, the Mukaiyama Award, and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize in 2016.
Photo: Benjamin List and Yu-Ju Chen from the Academia Sinica.