Congratulations and farewell to long-time group member Dr. Ed Richmond, who accepts a research position at BASF in Ludwigshafen. Ed published ten papers in the group (six as first author), with still more to come. We are grateful for his many contributions over the years, both scientific and social. He will be missed. Best of luck in the new career and come visit often!
Vuk Vuković has won the EuCheMS poster prize at the 18th meeting of the French Chemical Society (SCF), held this week in Montpellier. His poster described the use of HFIP to enable dehydrative Friedel-Crafts reactions for a variety of alcohols. Way to go, Vuk!
Joseph has been awarded the 2018 Prix Jean Normant by the Organic Chemistry Division (DCO) of the French Chemical Society (SCF). The prize is awarded to an assistant professor working in France who is less than 8 years into his/her career. Congrats to all group members for their collective efforts that led to this prize!
A warm welcome to Abhijit Sau, who has obtained a Marie Curie fellowship to join our lab. Abhijit comes to us from a prior postdoctoral appointment with Prof. Carmen Galan at the University of Bristol. Congrats and welcome, Abhijit!
Joseph has been awarded the 2017 Prix Guy Ourisson by the Cercle Gutenberg. The prize is awarded each year to one or two top researchers under 40 in Alsace in any field. Yay!
The fourth incoming class of PhD students joins the group. Paul Chatelain (MRT fellowship) returned this October to continue his MSc work on protometabolism. Florent Noel (Région Alsace fellowship) and Shaofei Zhang (CSC fellowship) arrived in November to initiate a new project on directed Brønsted acid catalysis. A warm welcome to all three!
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, James Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa, all co-recipients of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, gave back-to-back-to-back talks in Strasbourg. Joseph had the pleasure of introducing Jean-Pierre! You can watch the event online.
Our invited Synpacts article in Synlett has been chosen as the cover for the December 1st issue. Yay!