Thieme-IUPAC Prize in Synthetic Organic Chemistry for
Georg Thieme Verlag, the International Union of Pure and Applied
Chemistry and the Editors of Synthesis, Synlett and Houben-Weyl are
pleased to announce the recipient of the
Thieme-IUPAC Prize in Synthetic Organic Chemistry 2002
Erick Carreira is to be awarded the Thieme-IUPAC Prize 2002 in recognition
of his outstanding achievements in the field of synthetic organic chemistry.
His research focuses on the asymmetric synthesis of biologically active,
stereochemically complex, natural products, and has resulted in the
highly lauded syntheses of challenging target molecules and the development
of catalytic and stoichiometric reagents for asymmetric stereocontrol
using an approach that is both innovative and elegant. He will be presented
the prize at ICOS14 in
Christchurch, New Zealand on 16 July, 2002.
The Thieme-IUPAC Prize is awarded every two years on the occasion of
IUPACs International Conference on Organic Synthesis (ICOS) to
a scientist under 40 years of age, whose research has had a major impact
on the field of synthetic organic chemistry. The Prize is sponsored
jointly by Georg Thieme Verlag, IUPAC, and the editors of Synthesis,
Synlett, Science of Synthesis, and Houben-Weyl.
Erick M. Carreira was born in Havana, Cuba in 1963. He obtained a B.S.
degree in 1984 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and
a Ph.D. degree in 1990 from Harvard University. After carrying out postdoctoral
work at the California Institute of Technology through late 1992, he
joined the faculty at the same institution as an assistant professor
of chemistry. He subsequently was promoted to associate professor of
chemistry in the spring of 1996, and full professor in the spring of
1997. Since September 1998, he has been full professor of Organic Chemistry
at ETH Zürich. He is the recipient of numerous awards.
His research program focuses on the asymmetric synthesis of biologically
active, stereochemically complex, natural products. Target molecules
are selected which pose unique challenges in asymmetric bond construction.
A complex multistep synthesis endeavor provides a goal-oriented setting
within which to engage in reaction innovation and design. Drawing from
the areas of organometallic chemistry, coordination chemistry, and molecular
recognition, Carreira's group is developing catalytic and stoichiometric
reagents for asymmetric stereocontrol, including chiral Lewis acids
and transition-metal based reductants.
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