Bill Morandi: Winner of the ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2020!

On behalf of the ChemComm Editorial Board, we are pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship – Professor Bill Morandi (ETH Zurich)! Our warmest congratulations to Bill!

Bill Morandi studied at the ETH Zurich from 2003–2012, earning a B.Sc. in Biology, an M.Sc. in Chemical Biology and a PhD in Organic Chemistry working with Prof. Erick M. Carreira. After a postdoc with Prof. Robert H. Grubbs at CalTech, he led an independent Max Planck Research Group from 2014–2018 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Germany. Since July 2018, he is a tenured Associate Professor at the Laboratorium für Organische Chemie (ETH Zurich), where he holds a chair in synthetic organic chemistry.

His research program targets the development of new concepts in catalysis, with a particular emphasis on employing inexpensive and sustainable catalysts to transform broadly available feedstocks, such as polyols and hydrocarbons, into valuable building blocks for applications in medicine and materials science. His research program has been recognized by several honours, including the Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry, the Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award, the Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize from the German Chemical Society, the Ružička Prize from the ETH Zurich and the Academy Prize for Chemistry from the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. You can also learn more about Bill’s group and research on Twitter @morandilab.

“I dedicate this award to current and past group members who have all made invaluable contributions to the group’s success in the past 6 years. It is certainly a special honour to receive this award as I greatly value the scientific excellence of the journal Chemical Communications

Learn more about Bill’s research by reading his Communication in ChemComm:

Atom-economical cobalt-catalysed regioselective coupling of epoxides and aziridines with alkenes
Gabriele Prina Cerai & Bill Morandi
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 9769-9772

This article will be free to read from 10th August – 7th September 2020.

As part of the Lectureship award, Bill will be presenting a number of lectures over the coming year. Details of the lectures will be announced in due course but keep an eye on Twitter @ChemCommun for details!

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