Professor François Diederich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, is designated Doctor Honoris Causa in Chemistry by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Diederich receives this distinction due to his reputation as an outstanding researcher in the field of organic chemistry. The award ceremony will be held on June 11th at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
François Diederich completed his Ph.D. in 1979 at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, under H. A. Staab. He carried out postdoctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, from 1979–1981 with O. L. Chapman and at the Max Planck Institute for Medicinal Research, Heidelberg, between 1981–1985. After completing his habilitation in 1985, he returned to UCLA, and in 1992 he joined the ETH Zurich.
His research interests include molecular recognition and structure-based drug design, carbon-rich molecular architectures and optoelectronic materials, supramolecular chemistry on surfaces, and medicinal chemistry. Diederich serves on the advisory board of Chemistry—A European Journal and has been the chairman of the editorial board of Angewandte Chemie since 2004.
- Aromatic Rings in Chemical and Biological Recognition: Energetics and Structures,
L. M. Salonen, M. Ellermann, F. Diederich,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 4808–4842.
- Potent and Selective Inhibition of Cysteine Proteases from Plasmodium falciparum and Trypanosoma brucei,
V. Ehmke, C. Heindl, M. Rottmann, C. Freymond, W. B. Schweizer, R. Brun, A. Stich, T. Schirmeister, F. Diederich,
ChemMedChem 2011, 6, 273–278.
- Visualizing the Product of a Formal Cycloaddition of 7,7,8,8-Tetracyano-p-quinodimethane (TCNQ) to an Acetylene-appended Porphyrin by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy on Au(111),
P. Fesser, C. Iacovita, C. Wäckerlin, S. Vijayaraghavan, N. Ballav, K. Howes, J.-P. Gisselbrecht, C. Boudon, M. Stöhr, T. A. Jung, F. Diederich,
Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 5246–5250.