University of Groningen
UT Southwestern Medical Center
University of Groningen
Ben L. Feringa obtained his PhD degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands under the guidance of Professor Hans Wynberg. After working as a research scientist at Shell in the Netherlands and the UK, he was appointed lecturer and in 1988 full professor at the University of Groningen and named the Jacobus H. van't Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences in 2004. He was elected Foreign Honory member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and member and vice-president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. Ben Feringa is member of Council of the RSC. In 2008 he was appointed Academy Professor and was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands. Feringa’s research has been recognized with a number of awards including the Koerber European Science Award (2003), the Spinoza Award (2004), the Prelog gold medal (2005), the Norrish Award of the ACS (2007), the Paracelsus medal (2008), the Chirality medal (2009),the RSC Organic Stereochemistry Award (2011), Humboldt award (2012), the Nagoya gold medal (2013), ACS Cope Scholar Award 2015, Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize (2015), the August-Wilhelm-von-Hoffman Medal (2016), The 2016 Nobel prize in Chemistry and the Tetrahedron Prize 2017.
Feringa’s research interest includes stereochemistry, organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, molecular switches and motors, self-assembly, molecular nanosystems and photopharmacology.
László Kürti was born and raised in Hungary. He received his Diploma from Lajos Kossuth University (now University of Debrecen) where he conducted research in the laboratory of Professor Sándor Antus focusing on the total synthesis of benzofuranoid neolignans. Subsequently he received his Master of Science degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia, working with Professor Michael Harmata on inter- and intramolecular [4+3]-cycloadditions of halogen-substituted oxoallylic cations, and his Ph.D. degree (2006) in synthetic organic chemistry under the supervision of Professor Amos B. Smith III at the University of Pennsylvania where he developed a new method for the construction of highly substituted and strained indoles that was applied in the synthetic studies toward the construction of the complex indole diterpenoid natural products, nodulisporic acids A and B.
While still in graduate school he authored the now popular textbook/reference book "Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis" with Barbara Czakó that is now used in dozens of academic institutions and research laboratories worldwide.
In 2006 László joined the group of Professor E.J. Corey at Harvard University as a Damon Runyon Cancer Fellow where he was working on the development of potent antiangiogenic agents inspired by the structure of Cortistatin A. In 2007 he co-authored the book "Molecules and Medicine" with Professor E.J. Corey and Dr. Barbara Czakó. In February 2008, the Professional and Scholarly Division of the American Association of Publishers designated Molecules and Medicine “Best of Physical Sciences and Mathematics”. In the Fall of 2010, László and Prof. Corey self-published “Enantioselective Chemical Synthesis: Methods, Logic and Practice” that was warmly received by the community. Now this book is sold by Elsevier/Academic Press.
László began his independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, but on June 1, 2015 he joined the faculty at Rice University (Houston, Texas) as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry. His laboratory is located in the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) building that has state of the facilities and offers many opportunities for collaborations.
The Kürti group focuses on the development of powerful new methods for the expedient enantioselective assembly of highly functionalized biaryls, heterocycles and carbocycles. Thus the group has been exploring several fundamentally new strategies for the transition-metal-free direct: (i) arylation of arenes; (ii); alpha-arylation of ketones, esters and amides; (iii) O-arylation of oximes; (iv) primary amination of arylboronic acids and (v) inter- and intramolecular C(sp2)-H amination of arenes. In-depth experimental and computational studies have already identified the critical factors required for efficient alkyl-aryl, aryl-aryl, O-aryl, N-alkyl and N-aryl bond-formation and led to several innovative and environmentally benign methods for the rapid preparation of structurally diverse arylated carbonyl compounds, functionalized biaryls as well as O- and N-heterocycles. Recently, László has been the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, Fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the 2014 Amgen Young Investigators’ Award as well as the 2015 Biotage Young Principal Investigator Award.
Besides doing wet chemistry in the lab and writing textbooks/reference books, in his free time László travels all over the world with his wife and son and enjoys learning about other cultures and people. So far he has visited 34 countries on five continents and 35 states in the US.
Ilan Marek, FRSC was born in Haifa (Israel), educated in France, and received his PhD thesis in 1988 from the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, (France) under the guidance of Professor J. F. Normant. In 1989, he was postdoctoral fellow in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) with Professor L. Ghosez and obtained a research position at the CNRS in France in 1990. After obtaining his Habilitation in Organic Chemistry, he moved to the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology at the end of 1997 where he currently holds a full Professor position. Since 2005, he holds the Sir Michael and Lady Sobell Academic Chair.
He was awarded the First French Chemical Society-Acros Price for young Organic Chemist (under 40 years old in 1997); the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Visiting Professor Award (1997); the Lawrence G. Horowitz Career Development Chair (1998); the Yigal Alon Fellowship (1998); Evelyn and Salman Grand Academic Lectureship-USA (1998); the Yosefa and Leonid Allschwang award, administrated by the Israel Science Foundation (2000); the Michael Bruno Memorial Award 2002, administrated by the Rotschild Foundation (2002); the Prize for Excellent Young Chemist, The Israel Chemical Society (2004); the Merck Sharpe and Dohm Lecturer (2005); the Bessel Award of the Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2007), the Taub Award for academic excellence (2009), The German-Technion Award for Academic Excellence and Scientific Collaborations (2010), the Royal Society Chemistry organometallic Award from the RSC (2011), the Taiwan National Science Council Visiting Scholar (2011), the Janssen Award for Creativity in organic Synthesis (2012), the Israel Chemical Society award for Excellence (2012), the Moore Distinguished Scholar Appointment from California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in 2013, the SFB-guest professor Wilhelms-University Muenster (2015), The Weizmann Prize for exact Sciences (2015), the 17th International Organic Chemistry Foundation Yoshida Lectureship, Japan (2015) and the Yannai Prize for excellence in teaching (2015).
He his a member of the International Scientific Committee of European Symposium on Organic Chemistry (ESOC), including the position of Chairman (2007-2009), Chairman of the organic Division of the European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMs), member of advisory board of Chemical Communications (RSC), Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, (RSC), European Journal of Organic chemistry (Wiley), Angewandte Chemie, International Edition (Wiley), Chemistry A European Journal (Wiley), Synlett (Thieme); Synthesis (Thieme), The Chemical Records (Wiley), Helvetica Chimica Acta (Wiley). He is Associate Editor of Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry and of the Israel Journal of Chemistry and serves as Senior Editor of the Patai’s series. He is also Volume Editor of Comprehensive Organic Synthesis (Elsevier) and Science of Synthesis (Thieme).
He is concerned with the design and development of new and efficient stereo- and enantioselective strategies for the synthesis of important complex molecular structures. He is particularly interested in developing carbon-carbon bond forming as well as carbon-carbon bond activation processes, which efficiently create multiple stereocenters in a single-pot operation. Understanding of reaction mechanisms gives insight into the origins of chemo- and stereoselectivity, and governs optimization towards the most efficient and general protocols for his methodologies. His vision is that we should provide an answer to challenging synthetic problems but it has to be coupled with unique efficiency and elegance.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Uttam K. Tambar moved from India to the United States in 1982 as a Green Card holder. He received his A.B. degree from Harvard University in 2000 and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2006 with Professor Brian Stoltz. After he completed his NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University with Professor James Leighton in 2009, he began his independent research career at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Biochemistry Department and a W. W. Caruth, Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research. The Tambar lab is interested in asymmetric catalysis, natural product synthesis, and medicinal chemistry.
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