Professor Ilan Marek, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, has been awarded the Janssen Pharmaceutica Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis. The prize is awarded biannually to a chemist under the age of 50 who has made a significant contribution to the field of organic synthesis in the broadest sense. The Prize consists of a trophy, a citation, and 20,000 Euros. It was presented at the Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium (BOSS) in Leuven, Belgium, July 15–20, where Professor Marek will deliver a keynote lecture.
Ilan Marek was educated in France and received his Ph.D. from the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, in 1988 under the joint supervision of Jean F. Normant, Alexandre Alexakis, and Pierre Mangeney. After a postdoctoral period at Louvain, Belgium, with Leon Ghosez, he worked at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS, National Center for Scientific Research). He obtained his Habilitation in 1995 and joined the faculty at the Technion, Haifa, soon after. He was promoted to full professor at the Technion in 2004 and since 2005 he has held the Sir Michael and Lady Sobell Academic Chair.
Marek’s research include the design and development of new and efficient stereo- and enantioselective strategies for the synthesis of important complex molecular structures. In particular, his work focuses on developing carbon-carbon bond forming processes, which efficiently create multiple stereocenters.
- Axial Preferences in Allylations via the Zimmerman–Traxler Transition State,
N. Gilboa, H. Wang, K. N. Houk, I. Marek,
Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17(29), 8000–8004.
- Conjugate Additions to Alkylidene Bis(Sulfoxides),
F. Brebion, G. Vincent, S. Chelli, O. Kwasnieski, F. Najera, B. Delouvrié, I. Marek, E. Derat, J.-P. Goddard, M. Malacria, L. Fensterbank,
Chem. Asian J. 2011, 6(7), 1825–1833.
- Selectivity in Metal-Catalyzed Carbon–Carbon Bond Cleavage of Alkylidenecyclopropanes,
A. Masarwa, I. Marek,
Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16(32), 9712–9721.
- 13th Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium (BOSSXIII)