Dr. Bill Morandi from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung receives the ADUC-Prize 2017 from the Association of German University Professors (ADUC). The prize goes to young researchers who have succeeded in establishing an independent research program through innovative research work and high-quality publications. The prize will be awarded in March at the Annual Meeting of the German University Professors in Marburg.
Bill Morandi founded his independent research group “Homogeneous Catalysis and Reaction Design” in 2014 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung. With his team of 15 coworkers, he focuses his research on sustainability and the development of novel concepts in catalysis. With the concept of “Shuttle Catalysis” Morandi found a new and safe approach to hydrocyanation that proceeds through the exchange of functional groups between two molecules without relying on highly toxic hydrogen cyanide as a reagent. This novel approach to catalysis, which is one of the group’s most important discoveries, has also recently been applied to other important transformations. Morandi received an important Swiss Chemistry Award, the Ružička Prize 2016 from the ETH Zurich, for this concept.
The ADUC-prize is annually awarded to up to three young research group leaders. In 2017 Rubén D. Costa from the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen/Nürnberg and Robert Langer from the University of Marburg also receive the ADUC-prize.