Cypriens’s paper on isochroman synthesis starting from epoxides in HFIP has been accepted for publication in Chemical Science. Congrats!
Our collaboration with the Tüysüz lab (Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim) and the Martin lab (Düsseldorf) has yielded its latest publication in Nature Communications. Building on our previous papers from 2018 and 2020, CO2 and H2 is shown to react over awaruite (Ni3Fe) nanoparticles to give acetate and pyruvate at room temperature. The pyruvate can react further under those conditions to give the C5 metabolite citramalate, a reaction paralleling microbial metabolism.
Valentyn and Marie’s paper on the 1,2-aminoarylation of alkenes to directly form unprotected primary amines has been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Our fourth paper in that journal in the past 9 months! Congrats!
Dr. Sophia Rauscher
Congrats to Sophia Rauscher on successfully defending her thesis! She is the twelfth PhD student to graduate from the group. Special thanks to jury members Prof. Sheref Mansy (Alberta), Dr. Thibault Cantat (CEA), and Prof. Xavier Bugaut (Strasbourg) for being part of the jury. After a few months finishing up her last papers, Sophia will join Bachem in Basel, Switzerland. Best of luck and keep in touch!
Dr. Harpreet Kaur
Congrats to Harpreet Kaur on successfully defending her thesis! She is the eleventh PhD student to graduate from the group. Special thanks to jury members Prof. Jeremy Wulff (Victoria), Prof. Yannick Vallée (Grenoble), and Dr. Claudia Bonfio (Strasbourg) for being part of the jury. Harpreet will stick around the lab for a few months to finish some last papers before heading off for industry. Best of luck!
Robert’s study on quantitatively comparing the hydride donor ability of the biological cofactors NADH and NADPH with standard reducing agents from organic synthesis was published in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. Congrats!
Robert is profiled in Angewandte Chemie
Congrats to our DFG postdoctoral fellow Robert J. Mayer, who was recently profiled in Angewandte Chemie. Check it out here.
Sophia’s study on how metal catalysts can allow hydrogen gas to drive part of the reverse Krebs cycle under mild nonenzymatic conditions has been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. She even found that iron-based meteorites can promote these reactions! Congrats!
Shunjiro and Jonas join as PhD students
The ninth incoming class of PhD students joins the group. Shunjiro, partially funded by a French government scholarship for Japanese students, will work on the evolution of cofactors. Jonas, funded by an ERC Grant, will work on non-enzymatic phosphorylation. A warm welcome to both!
Marie leaves for CNRS at Paris-Saclay
Farewell to postdoc Marie Vayer, who leaves us to start her independent academic career in the CNRS at Paris-Saclay University. Congratulations on the dream job and good luck!