Herbert Waldmann, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany, has received the Liebig Memorial Medal 2020 from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society). The award is endowed with EUR 7,500 and was presented at the GDCh Wissenschaftsforum 2021 on September 1, 2021. The GDCh awards the Liebig Memorial Medal for outstanding achievements in the entire field of chemistry.
Herbert Waldmann receives the award for the development of new concepts for the production of natural substance-based compound libraries, as well as for his synthesis methods for the production of lipidated peptides and proteins for the study of cancer-relevant G proteins, such as the Ras/RasG system.
Herbert Waldmann studied chemistry at the University of Mainz, Germany, where he received his Ph.D. in 1985. After two years as a postdoctoral fellow working with George Whitesides at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, he returned to Mainz, where he completed his habilitation in 1991. Then, he was appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany, and moved to the University of Karlsruhe in 1993. Since 1999, he has headed the chemical biology department at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology and also served as Full Professor of Biochemistry at TU Dortmund. Since 2005, he has also headed the Chemical Genomics Center of the Max Planck Society.
Among other honors, Waldmann has received the Carl Duisberg Award from the GDCh in 1992, the Otto-Bayer-Award in 2001, the Max-Bergmann Medal in 2003, the Hans Herloff Inhoffen Medal in 2010, the Emil Fischer Medal from the GDCh in 2012, and an honorary doctorate from Leiden University, The Netherlands, in 2014. He is a Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, and the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz. Waldmann serves on various Editorial Boards of scientific journals and belongs to numerous Advisory Boards and Boards of Trustees.
Award ceremony: Herbert Waldmann receives the Liebig Memorial Medal from Stefanie Dehnen, Vice President of the GDCh
- Combination of Pseudo-Natural Product Design and Formal Natural Product Ring Distortion Yields Stereochemically and Biologically Diverse Pseudo-Sesquiterpenoid Alkaloids,
Jie Liu, Jana Flegel, Felix Otte, Axel Pahl, Sonja Sievers, Carsten Strohmann, Herbert Waldmann,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021.
- Synthesis of Indofulvin Pseudo-Natural Products Yields a New Autophagy Inhibitor Chemotype,
Annina Burhop, Sukdev Bag, Michael Grigalunas, Sophie Woitalla, Pia Bodenbinder, Lukas Brieger, Carsten Strohmann, Axel Pahl, Sonja Sievers, Herbert Waldmann,
Adv. Sci. 2021.
- Dynamic Catalytic Highly Enantioselective 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions,
Okan Yildirim, Michael Grigalunas, Lukas Brieger, Carsten Strohmann, Andrey P. Antonchick, Herbert Waldmann,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 20012–20020.
- Concepts and Case Studies in Chemical Biology,
Herbert Waldmann, Petra Janning
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2014.
- The Pictet-Spengler Reaction in Nature and in Organic Chemistry,
Joachim Stöckigt, Andrey P. Antonchick, Fangrui Wu, Herbert Waldmann,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 8538–8564.
- Highly enantioselective synthesis and cellular evaluation of spirooxindoles inspired by natural products,
Andrey P. Antonchick, Claas Gerding-Reimers, Mario Catarinella, Markus Schürmann, Hans Preut, Slava Ziegler, Daniel Rauh, Herbert Waldmann,
Nat. Chem. 2010, 2, 735–740.
- Chemical Strategies for Generating Protein Biochips,
Pascal Jonkheijm, Dirk Weinrich, Hendrik Schröder, Christof M. Niemeyer, Herbert Waldmann,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 9618–9647.
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