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02/09/18

Double honor for Bill Morandi: Novartis honors him with the Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry 2017 and the GDCh will give the Carl-Duisberg-Gedächtnispreis to him

Double honor for Bill Morandi: Novartis honors him with the Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry 2017 and the GDCh will give the Carl-Duisberg-Gedächtnispreis to him

Good news for Dr. Bill Morandi of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung: The 35-year-old is honored with the "Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry 2017". The jury selected the leader of the Max Planck Research Group "Homogeneous Catalysis and Reaction Design" based on his research work in the area of new organometallic methods and synthesis strategies based on the principle of "shuttle catalysis", which he developed. Additionally, Bill Morandi will receive the Carl-Duisberg-Gedächtnispreis of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) on a conference in March as well.

The prestigious prize proves that Morandi's discovery is highly relevant to an environmentally friendly and safe chemical industry. A safe variant of hydrocyanation, in which highly toxic and volatile hydrogen cyanide could be avoided, has already been demonstrated by means of a shuttle catalysis concept. Morandi's discovery inspires the development of new transfer reactions that can also substitute dangerous reagents.

The “Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry” is given annually to outstanding scientists who have succeeded in establishing an independent academic research area in the field of organic or bioorganic chemistry. Two awardees are identified each year from the global research community and awarded long-term research funding. In addition to Bill Morandi, Professor Robert R. Knowles of Princeton University was also honored.

Carl-Duisberg-Gedächtnispreis

The GDCh awards the Carl-Duisberg-Gedächtnispreis to Dr. Bill Morandi "for his outstanding research and his excellent publications in the field of homogeneously catalyzed syntheses". More information in the GDCh press release (German only) of February 6th.