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!
Ed, Jing and Vuk’s paper in Chemical Science shows that hexafluoroisopropanol solvent enables simple monosubstituted cyclopropanes to undergo ring-opening hydroarylation – no donor-acceptor motif required. A good chunk of this work came from Jing’s M2 internship in our group. Special thanks to the Rowley group from Memorial University in Canada for the DFT calculations. Congrats to all!
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!
Our second paper on the chemical origins of life is published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. We show that metallic iron powder fixes carbon dioxide as acetate and pyruvate much like the Acetyl CoA pathway, an ancient biological pathway used by microbes to build themselves. It represents a rare “chemistry-up” experiment that connects with the current “biology-down” understanding of early life. Congrats to Sreejith, Kamila and Paul! Free read-only version here. Paywall version here. Also check out the accompanying Behind the Paper post here.
The University of Strasbourg is pleased to announce a new combined MSc and PhD program in Complex Systems Chemistry. Motivated students wishing to start an MSc should apply by April 1, 2018, with classes starting in September. MSc students will receive financial assistance for living and travel and will be eligible for funded PhD fellowships. To apply and for more information, go to grad-csc.unistra.fr .
Ed and Vuk’s paper on the accelerating effect of HFIP solvent on nucleophilic ring-opening of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes has been published in Organic Letters. Congrats!
Ed’s invited review on nickel catalysis enabled by stoichiometric metallic reducing agents has been published in Synthesis. Congrats!
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!
Pierre Braunstein awards the prize on March 2, 2018
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!