Sustainable Chemistry Award for Matthias Beller

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  • Published Date: 30 August 2015
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Professor Matthias Beller, Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT), Rostock, Germany, has been awarded the Wöhler Prize for Sustainable Chemistry by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCH, German Chemical Society). The award recognizes pioneering contributions to the development and applications of sustainable chemistry. It was presented at the GDCh Wissenschaftsforum 2015 in Dresden, Germany, on August 30, 2015.

Professor Beller is honored for his work on sustainable bio-inspired iron catalyst systems. His research focuses on homogeneous catalysis, especially of transition-metal catalysts, aiming for the development of new, environmentally benign catalysts and synthetic protocols as well as their application in industry. Current activities include Fe-catalyzed oxidations and hydrogenations, hydroformylations, hydroaminomethylation and hydroamination, Pd- and Cu-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions, and Rh- and Ru-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenations.

Matthias Beller
studied chemistry at the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany, where he finished his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1989. After a postdoctoral stay with Barry Sharpless at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, he worked in research at Hoechst AG, Frankfurt, Germany, for five years. In 1996, he became Associate Professor for Inorganic Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and in 1998 Full Professor at the University of Rostock, Germany. Since 2005, he is director of the Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. (LIKAT), Rostock.

Among other honors, Professor Beller has been awarded the Leibniz-Preis of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the European Sustainable Chemistry Award. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of the Akademie der Wissenschaften (Academy of the Sciences), Hamburg, Germany, and has been Vice President of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Association (Leibniz Association) since 2012. Among other commitments, he is Chairman of the Editorial Board of ChemSusChem, a member of the International Advisory Board of ChemCatChem, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Angewandte Chemie and Chemistry – A European Journal, as well as a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis.

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