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F. Dean Toste Wins 2008 Thieme-IUPAC Prize
The 2008 Thieme IUPAC Prize was awarded on 24 June 2008 to F. Dean Toste of the University of California, Berkeley, at the ICOS-17 conference in Daejeon, Korea. As the ninth recipient of the prize, Toste joins a select group of scientists under 40 whose research has had a major impact on the field of synthetic organic chemistry. The prize, which is awarded every two years and consists of Euros 5000, is sponsored by Thieme Publishers and IUPAC in collaboration with the editors of SYNTHESIS, SYNLETT, Science of Synthesis, and Houben–Weyl.
After completion of B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Toronto, Toste obtained his Ph.D. in 2000 from Stanford. His Ph.D. thesis received the prestigious ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award. He joined the department of chemistry at Berkeley in 2002, and was promoted to associate professor in 2006.
Toste’s research achievements include the almost unprecedented use of a high oxidation state dioxo- rhenium complex to catalyze reductions of aldehydes, ketones, and imines, an approach that is contrary to conventional wisdom. Nevertheless, he went on to elucidate a novel mechanism for the process and developed a stereoselective version.
His research has also led to a series of outstanding contributions in the use of late transition metal complexes in low oxidation states, most notably gold(I), as catalysts for advanced organic synthesis. The potential of gold catalysts has been over-looked for decades, and it is largely due to the excellent achievements of the Toste laboratory that this situation is now rapidly changing.
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