Adolf von Baeyer Memorial Medal 2019

  • Author: ChemViews Magazine
  • Published Date: 17 September 2019
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Frank Würthner, University of Würzburg, Germany, has received the Adolf von Baeyer Memorial Medal from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society). The award honors important contributions to organic chemistry and was presented at the GDCh Wissenschaftsforum 2019 in Aachen, Germany, on September 17, 2019.

Würthner receives the prize for his outstanding work on supramolecular polymers. His research interests include supramolecular chemistry, photochemistry; (bio-)molecular recognition, self-assembly, supramolecular polymerization, organic nanostructure formation, and materials for organic electronics, photonics, photovoltaics, and photocatalysis

Frank Würthner studied chemistry at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1994 under the supervision of Franz Effenberger. He was a postdoctoral researcher with Julius Rebek, Jr. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. Würthner then joined BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, before moving to the University of Ulm, Germany, to complete his habilitation. He became Full Professor for Organic Chemistry at the University of Würzburg in 2002.

Among other honors, Würthner has received a Feodor Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1995, the Otto Röhm Memorial Award in 2000, and an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council in 2018. He is a Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and of the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He serves on several Editorial and Advisory Boards, e.g, for the Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry.

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