Synthetic organic chemistry is the common theme of the research projects that were awarded NJC poster prizes at 3 regional meetings held this past spring.
|Ms Justine Giauffret & Dr Irene Notar-Francesco (in the group of Sylvain Antoniotti at the Institute of Chemistry in Nice) shared the first prize for their work on the tandem cyclosimerisation and thioacylation of 1,6-enynes catalysed by supported noble metal nanoparticles. This poster was presented at the PACA region (southeastern France) meeting of the French Chemical Society (SCF) in April.
|A month later, on the other side of France in Brittany, Ms Nathalie Camus was awarded the NJC poster prize at the northwestern France regional meeting of the SCF. Nathalie is a doctoral student in the group of Raphael Tripier at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale; her poster presented the C-functionalisation of cyclams to make bifunctional chelating ligands for use in nuclear medicine.
|Moving back to the southeast to Grenoble, Mr Alexandre Cannillo was the NJC poster prize winner at the 3rd Francophone Symposium on Total Synthesis. His award-winning work used domino Petasis Diels-Alder reactions to synthesise enantiopure polycyclic compounds. Alexandre is a graduate student at the Institute on the Chemistry of Natural Substances in Gif-sur-Yvette, working under the direction of Jean-Marie Beau and Stéphanie Norsikian.
Congratulations to all of our winners! We wish them continuing success with their research projects and a bright future in chemistry.