The Fresenius Prize and the Arfvedson Schlenk Prize were presented at the Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2013 in Darmstadt, Germany, on September 3.
Professor Torsten C. Schmidt (left), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, was the recipient of the Fresenius Prize. It is awarded for outstanding research in analytical chemistry.
Schmidt studied at the University of Marburg, Germany, and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, and received his PhD, supervised by Gottfried Stork, from the University of Marburg in 1997. After postdoctoral work at the same institution in 1998 and then with René Schwarzenbach at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2002, he joined the University of Tübingen, Germany, as group leader and scientific assistant. He was made Chair of Instrumental Analytical Chemistry at the University of Duisburg–Essen, Germany, and Scientific Director for Water Chemistry at the IWW Water Centre, Essen, in 2006.
Schmidt´s research is focused on analytical chemistry, including separation techniques, and environmental chemistry, in particular organic pollutants.
Arfvedson Schlenk Prize
Professor Robert E. Mulvey (right), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, was presented the Arfvedson Schlenk Prize, which is awarded for work in the area of lithium chemistry. Mulvey was honored for his work in discovering “synergistic effects” in organometallic compounds containing alkali and alkaline-earth metals, and the application of these compounds in organic synthesis.
Mulvey studied at the University of Strathclyde, where he worked with Ron Snaith for his PhD, which was awarded in 1984. After working with Kenneth Wade at the University of Durham, UK, he returned to the University of Strathclyde as a research fellow and joined the faculty there in 1991. He was made Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 2011.
Mulvey is interested in the behavior of organometallic species comprising two different metallic elements.
Selected publications by Schmidt:
- Determination of organic priority pollutants in the low nanogram-per-litre range in water by solid-phase extraction disk combined with large-volume injection/gas chromatography–mass spectrometry,
Christine Erger, Peter Balsaa, Fiedrich Werres, Torsten C. Schmidt,
Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2013, 405, 5215–5223
- Isotope ratio measurements: new developments and applications,
Klaus G. Heumann, Torsten C. Schmidt,
Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2013, 405, 2747–2748,
- Position-specific isotope analysis of the methyl group carbon in methylcobalamin for the investigation of biomethylation processes,
Oliver Wuerfel, Markus Greule, Frank Keppler, Maik A. Jochmann, Torsten C. Schmidt,
Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2013, 405, 2833–2841
Selected publications by Mulvey:
- Structural elucidation of homometallic anthracenolates synthesised via deprotonative metallation of anthrone,
William Clegg, Ben J. Fleming, Pablo Garcia-Alvarez, Lorna M. Hogg, Alan R. Kennedy, Jan Klett, Antonio J. Martinez-Martinez, Rober E. Mulvey, Luca Russo, Charles T. O’Hara,
Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 7, 2512–2519.
- A hetero-alkali-metal version of the utility amide LDA: lithium-potassium diisopropylamide,
David R. Armstrong, Alan R. Kennedy, Robert E. Mulvey, Stuart D. Robertson,
Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 3704–3711
- Dizincation of a 2-Substituted Thiophene: Constructing a Cage with a Crown-4 Zincocyclic Core,
Liam Balloch, Jennifer A. Garden, Alan Kennedy, Robert E. Mulvey, Toni Rantanen, Stuart D. Robertson, Victor Snieckus,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 6934–6937.