Professor Henning Hopf, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, celebrates his 80th birthday on December 13, 2020. Professor Hopf is an organic chemist and prolific author. His research focuses on the study of unsaturated compounds, such as cyclophanes, but also alkynes, allenes, cumulenes, and retinoids.
Henning Hopf studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and received his Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA, under the supervision of Harlan L. Goering. He carried out his habilitation with Hans Musso at the Universities of Marburg and Karlsruhe, both Germany. After completing his habilitation in 1972, he remained at the University of Karlsruhe, and became Professor at the University of Würzburg, Germany, in 1975. He moved to the Technische Universität Braunschweig in 1978. Until his retirement in 2006, he was Managing Director of the Institute for Organic Chemistry
Among other honors, Henning Hopf has received the Max Planck Research Award in 1994, the Adolf von Baeyer Commemorative Medal in 1996, the Literature Prize of the German Chemical Industry Fund (FCI) in 2001, the Hanuš Medal of the Czech Chemical Society in 2009, and the Gmelin-Beilstein Commemorative Medal from the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) in 2014. Hopf was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the German Chemical Industry Fund (FCI) from 2002 to 2008 and President of the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) from 2004 to 2005. He is a Chemistry Europe Fellow and has served as Editor of a number of scientific journals, e.g., Chemische Berichte (now European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry) and Liebigs Annalen (today’s European Journal of Organic Chemistry).
- Synthesis of 3(2H)‐Furanones: A Review,
Vishnu K. Omanakuttan, Jubi John, Henning Hopf,
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2020.
- Superbase-Mediated Indirect Friedländer Reaction: A Transition Metal-Free Oxidative Annulation toward Functionalized Quinolines,
Rahul P., Nitha P. R., Vishnu K. Omanakuttan, Sheba Ann Babu, P. Sasikumar, Vakayil K. Praveen, Henning Hopf, Jubi John,
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2020, 2020, 3081–3089.
- Dendralenes Branch Out: Cross-Conjugated Oligoenes Allow the Rapid Generation of Molecular Complexity,
Henning Hopf, Michael S. Sherburn,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 2298–2338.
- Fast, Ligand- and Solvent-Free Synthesis of 1,4-Substituted Buta-1,3-diynes by Cu-Catalyzed Homocoupling of Terminal Alkynes in a Ball Mill,
Robert Schmidt, Rico Thorwirth, Tony Szuppa, Achim Stolle, Bernd Ondruschka, Henning Hopf,
Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 8129–8138.
- Humoristische Chemie: Geschichten aus dem Wissenschaftsalltag (in German),
Ralf A. Jakobi, Henning Hopf (eds.),
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2010.
- Energetic assessment of the Suzuki–Miyaura reaction: a curtate life cycle assessment as an easily understandable and applicable tool for reaction optimization,
Franziska Schneider, Tony Szuppa, Achim Stolle, Bernd Ondruschka, Henning Hopf,
Green Chem. 2009, 11, 1894–1899.
- [2.2]Paracyclophanes in Polymer Chemistry and Materials Science,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 9808–9812.
- Modern Cyclophane Chemistry,
Rolf Gleiter, Henning Hopf (eds.),
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2004.
- Classics in Hydrocarbon Chemistry: Syntheses, Concepts, Perspectives,
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2000.
Also of Interest
- Henning Hopf Honored,
ChemViews Mag. 2014.
Professor Henning Hopf has been awarded the Gmelin-Beilstein Commemorative Medal
- My Favorite Aromatic Compounds — A Tribute to Friedrich August Kekulé,
Chem. Rec. 2014.
- The Last Alchemist in Paris,
ChemViews Mag. 2014.