The Emil Fischer Medal 2016 has been awarded to Professor Dirk Trauner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) at the ORCHEM conference in Weimar, Germany, on September 6, 2016.
The award honors outstanding work in the area of organic chemistry. Trauner receives the award for his research in the field of chemical synthesis, natural products, and chemical neurobiology.
Dirk Trauner was born in Linz, Austria, and studied biology and biochemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria, followed by chemistry at the Free University Berlin, Germany. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vienna under the supervision of Johann Mulzer in 1997 and then performed postdoctoral research with Samuel J. Danishefsky at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York, USA. Trauner joined the University of California, Berkeley, USA, as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 2000, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. From 2005 to 2008, he was a Member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since 2008, he is Professor of Chemical Biology and Chemical Genetics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.
Among many other honors, Dirk Trauner has received the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, USA, in 2004, the Kitasato Microbial Chemistry Medal in 2013, and the Otto Bayer Award from Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany, in 2016. He is a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Trauner serves on the Editorial and Advisory Boards of several scientific journals, including ChemBioChem, ACS Chemical Neuroscience, and Natural Product Reports.
- Expedient Synthesis of (+)-Lycopalhine A,
Benjamin M. Williams, Dirk Trauner,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 2191–2194.
- Synthesis of Redshifted Azobenzene Photoswitches by Late-Stage Functionalization,
David B. Konrad, James A. Frank, Dirk Trauner,
Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 4364–4368.
- A Synthesis of (±)-Aplydactone,
Robin Meier, Dirk Trauner,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 11251–11255.
- 6-[6-(Pyridin-2-yl)-1,2,4,5-tetrazin-3-yl]pyridin-3-amine monohydrate,
Johannes Broichhagen, Yvonne E. Klingl, Dirk Trauner, Peter Mayer,
Acta Crystallogr. Sect. E: Crystallogr. Commun. 2016, 72, 238–240.
- Reversible Photomechanical Switching of Individual Engineered Molecules at a Metallic Surface,
Matthew J. Comstock, Niv Levy, Armen Kirakosian, Jongweon Cho, Frank Lauterwasser, Jessica H. Harvey, David A. Strubbe, Jean M. J. Fréchet, Dirk Trauner, Steven G. Louie, Michael F. Crommie,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 2007, 99, 038301.
- Allosteric control of an ionotropic glutamate receptor with an optical switch,
Matthew Volgraf, Pau Gorostiza, Rika Numano, Richard H. Kramer, Ehud Y. Isacoff, Dirk Trauner,
Nat. Chem. Biol. 2005, 2, 47–52.
- Light-activated ion channels for remote control of neuronal firing,
Matthew Banghart, Katharine Borges, Ehud Isacoff, Dirk Trauner, Richard H. Kramer,
Nat. Neurosci. 2004, 7, 1381–1386.
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