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Manuel Alcarazo becomes Full Professor in Göttingen

Manuel Alcarazo becomes Full Professor in Göttingen

Independent Junior Group Leader Dr. Manuel Alcarazo from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung has received several offers for professorships at top universities in Germany and abroad. He has accepted the offer from the University of Göttingen to become Full Professor of Organic Chemistry. His research group will move to Göttingen in December 2015. Dr. Alcarazo is looking forward to the new position and the new tasks ahead of him. “My time at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung was very important to me. Now I am curious about the new phase of life in Göttingen.”

The scientific work of the group continues before the move. In a recent paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Alcarazo and his team describe an alternative to hypervalent iodine compounds as electrophilic group-transfer reagents. The currently used compounds may violently decompose on heating and must thus be handled with great care. Dr. Alcarazo and his team developed sulfur-based reagents as substitutes, which are stable, easy to produce, and broadly applicable – all properties that are highly desirable – and which may thus become a valuable alternative for the direct electrophilic cyanation and alkynylation of organic substrates, also in an industrial setting.

[1] Garazi Talavera, Javier Pena, Manuel Alcarazo, „Dihalo(imidazolium)sulfuranes: A Versatile Platform for the Synthesis of New Electrophilic Group-Transfer Reagents“, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 8704-8707.