Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry

Cover image for Vol. 29 Issue 12

Editor-in-Chief: Luis Echegoyen

Impact Factor: 1.515

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 36/59 (Chemistry Organic); 102/144 (Chemistry Physical)

Online ISSN: 1099-1395

Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry Award for Early Excellence

Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry Award for Early Excellence

Adam Braunschweig

Congratulations to the 2015 Award winner: Dr. Adam Braunschweig

Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the UM College of Arts & Sciences Adam Braunschweig creates structures intended to mimic the cell surface, building minute machines atom by atom. His pioneering and painstaking work has been recognized by the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, which awarded him the 2015 Award for Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry. Braunschweig builds his surfaces piece by piece, using organic reactions and applying selective amounts of force or light to bring molecules together. Due to the laws of microscopic reversibility – which state that anything possible in forward is also possible in reverse – Braunschweig said, “If you can pull it apart, you should be able to push it together.” Potential applications of Braunschweig’s research include creating a surface for gene chips that allow researchers to measure large numbers of genes simultaneously, detecting new markers of disease in cancer patients, and integrated implants that can improve upon current medical devices. Braunschweig will receive the award and present a lecture at the Gordon Research Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry in New Hampshire in June, and will speak at the 15th European Symposium on Organic Reactivity in Kiel, Germany, in August.

Previous Winners:

2006 Award Winner: Professor Rustom Ismagilov, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, USA

2007 Award Winner: Professor Dean J. Tantillo, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, USA

2008 Award Winner: Professor Gino DiLabio, National Institute for Nanotechnology, Alberta, Canada

2009 Award Winner: Professor Christopher W. Bielawski, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

2010 Award Winner: Dr Michael Bendikov, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

2011 Award Winner: Dr Amar H. Flood, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
2012 Award Winner: Dr Shih-Yuan Liu, University of Oregon, Massachusetts, USA

2013 Award Winner: Professor E. James Petersson, University of Pennsylvania, USA

2014 Award Winner: Dr. Franziska Schoenebeck, RWTH Aachen University