Dr. Mattia Monaco, who worked until January 2016 in the List Group at the Max-Planck-Insitut für Kohlenforschung, is one of the 45 finalists for the 2016 Reaxys PhD Prize. The team of Reaxys received nearly 450 submissions with top class quality.

The representative paper of Dr. Mattia Monaco is entitled: "Activation of Carboxylic Acids in Asymmetric Organocatalysis" published in Angewandte Chemie, 2014. Ben List ist very proud of his former PhD-student and sends congratulations. [more]
Again within a few months, the research work of Benjamin List, director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and leader of the department for Homogeneous Catalysis, was honoured with one of the most important and highly respected research awards. [more]
The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the most important research award in Germany. The Leibniz Programme, established in 1985, aims to improve the working conditions of outstanding researchers, expand their research opportunities, relieve them of administrative tasks, and help them employ particularly qualified early career researchers. A maximum of €2.5 million is provided per award. [more]
Prof. List and his Ph.D. student Denis Höfler have developed "intelligent-crowd-reviewing" as a new online-collaboration-tool, which offers many advantages to classical peer reviewing and benefits from referee interaction.

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Dr. Manuel van Gemmeren who worked until February 2015 in the department of Homogeneous Catalysis has just received two prestigious awards for his outstanding research work. At the annual meeting of the Max Planck Society in Saarbrücken he was honoured with the Otto Hahn Medal and the Otto Hahn award. The awards were granted for his development of exceptionally active and selective organocatalysts. [more]
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