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January 30, 2012
Paul Knochel Receives EROS Best Reagent Award 2011
The Best Reagent Award was created by Aldrich Chemistry and John Wiley & Sons to honor the work of the authors of the online edition of Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (e-EROS). The winning reagent was developed in 2004 by Professor Paul Knochel and colleagues and is known as lithium dichloro(1-methylethyl)-magnesate or Turbo-Grignard. Since then it has found a wide range of elegant applications in laboratory syntheses and has been up-scaled for industrial processes. Professor Knochel receives a cash prize for winning and will present a plenary lecture at Purdue University, USA, in March 2012.
Professor Knochel is a Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. His research interests include the development of novel organometallic reagents and methods for use in organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, and natural product synthesis. He studied at the Université de Strasbourg, France and earned his PhD at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland under D. Seebach.After four years at the CNRS at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris (J.-F. Normant) and one year at Princeton University (M. F. Semmelhack), he accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1987, where he became Full Professor in 1991. He moved to Philipps-Universität, Marburg as Full Professor in Organic Chemistry in 1992, before taking up his current position at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in 1999. He serves on the Editorial Board of ChemPlusChem and was elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.