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12/08/15

Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods – Alois Fürstner receives the ACS Herbert C. Brown Award

Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods – Alois Fürstner receives the ACS Herbert C. Brown Award

The Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods is distinguished by the patronage of his famous name giver. The Nobel Prize winner Professor Brown was one of the leading chemists of the 20th century. His work on boron compounds has revolutionized synthetic organic chemistry. The award of the American Chemical Society named after him honors scientists for outstanding and creative research in synthetic methodology, broadly defined.

The next recipient is Professor Alois Fürstner from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, who stands in line with an illustrious list of previous awardees. The award ceremony will take place on March 15, 2016 in San Diego, California, as part of the 251th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Fürstner will give his award lecture during a symposium in his honor.

As director of the Department of Organometallic Chemistry, Alois Fürstner has focused his research over the years on alkene and alkyne metathesis, gold- and platinum catalysis, as well as iron catalysis; more recent topics concern mechanistically unorthodox trans-addition reactions. His work has helped establish these fields, which have become common knowledge and are featured in the standard textbooks. As a characteristic trait, the Fürstner department is also dedicated to validate the newly developed methodology by applications to complex target molecules such as natural products or pharmaceutically active compounds.