Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry
TETRAHEDRON PRIZE 2016 AWARDED
TETRAHEDRON PRIZE 2016 FOR CREATIVITY IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AWARDED TO PROF.DR. BEN L. FERINGA
Prof.dr. Ben L. Feringa
University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Elsevier and the Board of Executive Editors of the Tetrahedron journal series are pleased to announce that the 2016 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry has been awarded to Prof.dr. Ben L. Feringa, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He receives the award for his outstanding contributions to organic chemistry.
Professor Feringa said, “Winning the Tetrahedron Prize is not only a great honor for me personally, but also for my team of excellent young students and coworkers whom I have worked alongside over the years and are responsible for many discoveries in our labs. This is a very prestigious prize and I am extremely grateful to the giants in our field who have acted as a source of inspiration throughout my career and whose shoulders I stand on to continue the tradition of excellence in Organic Chemistry.”
Professor Stephen Martin, Chairman of the Editorial Board of Tetrahedron Journals, said on announcing this year’s winner, “Professor Feringa has performed truly ground-breaking research in the diverse fields of dynamic molecular systems, catalysis, and stereochemistry. His contributions to molecular nanotechnology, including molecular switches and rotors, have played a major role in shaping the field of nanomachines. Similarly, his discoveries in catalysis, particularly of enantioselective transformations, have had a profound influence in synthetic organic chemistry and its applications to natural product chemistry."
Professor Feringa's research covers synthetic and physical organic chemistry. Inspired by Nature's principles of molecular assembly, recognition, transport, motion and catalysis, the goal is to exploit the full potential of synthetic chemistry to create new structures and functions. A major part of his research is directed towards dynamic molecular systems. The focus is on molecular nanoscience, novel responsive materials and photo-pharma exploring biohybrid systems, self-assembly, molecular switches and motors. A second part of his research deals with the development (and application in chemical biology) of novel stereoselective synthetic methods and asymmetric catalysis. Chirality is a leading theme and over the years a broad expertise in fundamental aspects of stereochemistry has been acquired including chiroptical phenomena, chiral amplification and origin of chirality.
The Tetrahedron prize will be presented during the 2017 Fall National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, in Washington, DC, USA (20-24 August 2017).
ABOUT THE TETRAHEDRON PRIZE
The Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry was established in 1980 by the Executive Board of Editors and the Publisher of Tetrahedron Publications. It is intended to honour the memory of the founding co-Chairmen of these publications, Professor Sir Robert Robinson and Professor Robert Burns Woodward.
The Tetrahedron Prize is awarded on an annual basis for creativity in Organic Chemistry or Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. The prize consists of a gold medal, a certificate, and a monetary award of US $10,000. It is awarded to an Organic or Medicinal Chemist who has made significant original contributions to the field, in its broadest sense. On some occasions, the Prize may be awarded jointly to two winners in which case two medals are presented. The winner is expected to write an appropriate article for Tetrahedron or Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry as part of a Symposium-in-Print compiled in their honour.
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- 1983 Elias J. Corey
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- 1987 Arthur J. Birch
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- 1995 Alan R. Battersby; A. Ian Scott
- 1996 Samuel Danishefsky
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- 1999 Henri B. Kagan
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- 2014 Barry Trost & Jiro Tsuji
- 2015 William L. Jorgensen