70th Birthday: Jan-E. Bäckvall

70th Birthday: Jan-E. Bäckvall

Author: ChemViews Magazine

Professor Jan-E. Bäckvall, Stockholm University, Sweden, celebrates his 70th birthday on December 7th, 2017.
His research ranges from palladium-catalyzed oxidative carbocyclizations, dynamic kinetic resolution, and organometallic transformations on to directed evolution.

Jan-Erling Bäckvall, born 1947 in Malung, Sweden, obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1975. After postdoctoral work from 1975 to 1976 with K. B. Sharpless, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, he joined the chemistry faculty at the Royal Institute of Technology in 1976. He was appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry at Uppsala University, Sweden, in 1986. In 1997, Bäckvall moved to Stockholm University, where he is currently Professor of Organic Chemistry.

Bäckvall is chairman of the Editorial Board of Chemistry – A European Journal and a member of many editorial advisory boards (e.g., Journal of the American Chemical Society, Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, Tetrahedron, and ChemCatChem). On the occasion of his birthday, Chemistry – A European Journal made all papers Bäckvall published in the journal free to read until January 2018.

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