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03/13/14

Hans Herloff Inhoffen medal goes to the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung

Hans Herloff Inhoffen medal goes to the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to natural product synthesis Prof. Alois Fürstner will receive the Hans Herloff Inhoffen medal. This prize is considered the most important award for achievements in the field of natural product chemistry in Germany. It is awarded annually by the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig since 1994. It honors the memory of Prof. Hans Herloff Inhoffen (1906-1992). His work in the fields of steroid hormones and vitamins shaped industrial and academic research significantly.

The award ceremony of the Hans Herloff Inhoffen medal will take place during a gala lecture on March, 27th 2014

Numerous contributions to the use of modern catalytic methods

Prof. Fürstner is well known for numerous contributions to the use of modern catalytic methods for the total synthesis of complex and biologically active natural products. His work on alkene - alkyne metathesis and his contributions in platinum, gold and iron chemistry were particularly successful. HE provided elegant applications to the synthesis of highly demanding alkaloids, macrolide antibiotics, glycolipids and terpene.

Manfred Reetz, Emeritus at the MPI für Kohlenforschung, received this award in 2003.