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.
- Resonance Raman study of the J-type aggregation process of a water soluble perylene bisimide,
Elisa Alloa, Vincenzo Grande, Rishat Dilmurat, David Beljonne, Frank Würthner, Sophia C. Hayes,
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2019, 21, 18300–18309.
- Synthesis of a Carbon Nanocone by Cascade Annulation,
Kazutaka Shoyama, Frank Würthner,
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 13008–13012.
- Tetrahydroxy-Perylene Bisimide Embedded in a Zinc Oxide Thin Film as an Electron-Transporting Layer for High-Performance Non-Fullerene Organic Solar Cells,
Xinbo Wen, Agnieszka Nowak-Król, Oliver Nagler, Felix Kraus, Na Zhu, Nan Zheng, Matthias Müller, David Schmidt, Zengqi Xie, Frank Würthner,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 13051–13055.
- Perylene Bisimide Dye Assemblies as Archetype Functional Supramolecular Materials,
Frank Würthner, Chantu R. Saha-Möller, Benjamin Fimmel, Soichiro Ogi, Pawaret Leowanawat, David Schmidt,
Chem. Rev. 2015, 116, 962–1052.
- J-Aggregates: From Serendipitous Discovery to Supramolecular Engineering of Functional Dye Materials,
Frank Würthner, Theo E. Kaiser, Chantu R. Saha-Möller,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 3376–3410.
- Self-assembled π-stacks of functional dyes in solution: structural and thermodynamic features,
Zhijian Chen, Andreas Lohr, Chantu R. Saha-Möller, Frank Würthner,
Chem. Soc. Rev. 2009, 38, 564–584.
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