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Great honor for MPI research group leader: Dr. Bill Morandi receives the ”Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award“

Great honor for MPI research group leader: Dr. Bill Morandi receives the ”Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award“

Dr. Bill Morandi, Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, receives the ”Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award“ 2016. The Bayer Foundation has been distinguishing excellent young researchers in an early phase of their academic career since 2009. "Bill Morandi was selected for the category of chemistry. The quality and originality of the research as well as the significance of the results are criteria for the independent jury. They were convinced by Morandi’s work in the field of “green catalysis”.

Morandi made outstanding contributions to the development of novel synthetic methods using earth-abundant elements (B, Fe, Ni, Co) as catalysts. These methods enable much more efficient and sustainable transformations of hydrocarbons and polyols into synthetic building blocks with added value – which is of high relevance in many areas of biomedical science“, the jury stated. The award is endowed with 10,000 Euro.
Ben List, director of the department of Homogeneous Catalysis at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, explained: ”We are very proud to have talents like Dr. Bill Morandi in our institute whose scientific excellence is appreciated by the Bayer foundation. The prize is now being awarded for the second time to a young researcher of our house. This shows that Mülheim is also internationally seen as one of the first addresses for ambitious researchers.“

About Dr. Bill Morandi

Bill Morandi studied at the ETH Zurich until 2008 earning a M.Sc. in Chemical Biology as an Oskar-Jeger Scholar. As a doctoral student supported by the Swiss Chemical Industry Funds in the Laboratory of Prof. Erick M. Carreira, he then developed new, safer synthetic methodologies using in situ generated diazo compounds. In 2012, he moved to the California Institute of Technology to work under the guidance of Nobel prize winner Prof. Robert H. Grubbs as a Swiss National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow. Here he focused on catalytic oxidation reactions. In 2014, Dr. Morandi was awarded an independent Max Planck Research Group Leader position by the Max Planck Society. He founded and currently leads the “Homogeneous Catalysis and Reaction Design” group at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim/Ruhr. His independent research program targets the development of new concepts in catalysis, with a particular emphasis on employing inexpensive and sustainable catalysts to transform broadly available feedstocks, such as polyols and hydrocarbons, into valuable building blocks for applications in medicine and materials science.
The Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award

The Bayer Early Excellence Award was introduced in 2009. It is awarded annually in the categories biology, chemistry and medical science. The selection is based on the originality and quality of the candidates’ research and the significance of this work for the respective award category. The 2016 winners are Dr. Bill Morandi (chemistry), Dr. Christopher Aylett, ETH Zurich (biology) and Dr. Theresa Bunse, German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg (medical science). In 2013 another research group leader of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung was awarded in chemistry, Nuno Maulide. According to the Bayer Communications department the “Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award” is part of an innovation strategy as the company has a long-standing history for exchange and partnership with academia. “The promotion of up-coming scientists is an important element of the program as the early dialogue opens strategic partnership opportunities and thus is a key to future success of applied research”, they explained.

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