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06/14/13

Scientist of the Kohlenforschung enriches the "tool box of Organic Chemistry"

Scientist of the Kohlenforschung enriches the

Nuno Maulide, group leader at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the German Ministry of Education and Research. The award ceremony took place in Berlin on the 3rd of June.

“Nuno Maulide managed to enrich the tool box of Organic Chemistry”, said laudator Prof. Jürgen Gauss, Quantum Chemist at the university of Mainz. He stated that Nuno Maulide developed new methods for the synthesis of chiral molecules. Their application could be very interesting in the fields of chemical biology, especially the synthesis of natural materials.

Nuno Maulide studied at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon and at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, wrote his doctorate in Belgium and worked in the USA before becoming head of a research group at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in 2009. In 2011 he received an ERC Starting Grant.

The award is named after the Physicist Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, president of the DGF from 1974 to 1979. It is endowed with 20.000 Euro and meant as appreciation and stimulation for young scientists. According to a survey of the magazine “Bild der Wissenschaft” it is the third most important science award in Germany – after the “Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis” and the German “Zukunftspreis”.