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10/01/12

Prof. Dr. Benjamin List receives Mukaiyama Award 2013

Prof. Dr. Benjamin List receives Mukaiyama Award 2013

Prof. Dr. Benjamin List, executive director of the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, is winner of the Mukaiyama Award 2013.  The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan has just made that decision public.

The award is endowed with 5000 dollars. Every year one of these awards is given each to a Japanese and a non-Japanese researcher. The awardees are honoured for their outstanding research in the field of synthetic organic chemistry.

Benjamin List receives the award for his discovery that amines such as the amino acid proline are general catalysts for asymmetric synthesis. That has initiated the field of organocatalysis, which is currently revolutionizing chemical synthesis in academia and in industry. The award ceremony will take place in September 2013 in Japan.

Apart from Benjamin List there is only one other Mukaiyama awardee from Europe so far: Alois Fürstner, also director at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, won the award in 2005.