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10/23/18

Bill Morandi is new professor at the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry (D-CHAB) of ETH Zurich

Bill Morandi is new professor at the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry (D-CHAB) of ETH Zurich

The Laboratory of Organic Chemistry (D-CHAB) at ETH Zurich has a new professor: Dr. Bill Morandi from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung has moved from Mülheim to Zurich on July 1st to take over a chair of synthetic organic chemistry as associate professor and successor to Prof. François Diederich. The 35-year-old Morandi is thus returning to an old place of activity, as the Swiss studied and earned his doctorate in organic chemistry at ETH Zurich in the group of Prof. Erick Carreira. After a research stay as postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute for Technology (CalTech), where he worked with Bob Grubbs, Morandi moved to the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung as independent research group leader in 2014. He joined Professor Ben List's department with his group "Homogeneous Catalysis and Reaction Design". Ben List regrets the departure of the talented researcher very much: "Bill Morandi was one of our most innovative and successful group leaders, who delivered numerous significant research results in his young career. In particular, the shuttle catalysis approach he discovered attracted a great deal of attention from experts and industry and has won him many prestigious awards," List said.

"We are very proud that Bill Morandi was able to achieve these research results as Max-Planck-Group Leader at our institute and wish him every success in his further career as professor at ETH Zurich.” Bill Morandi will remain closely associated with the Max-Planck-Institute in Mülheim due to common research interests and because part of his group is still finishing some projects at the institute.

To the communication of the D-CHAB