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2021 Guthikonda Lectureship: Professor Nuno Maulide, University of Vienna

2021 Guthikonda Lectureship: Professor Nuno Maulide, University of Vienna
Wed June 9th 2021, 12:00 - 1:00pm

2021 Guthikonda Lectureship: Professor Nuno Maulide, University of Vienna (Hosts: Noah Burns & Barry Trost)

About the Talk

"The powerful simplicity of rearrangements"

The turn of the century brought about a pressing need for new, efficient and clean strategies for the chemical synthesis of biorelevant compounds. Our group has studied the use of various molecular rearrangements and atom-economical transformations as particularly appealing means towards the streamlined synthesis of complex building blocks. In this lecture, we will present an overview of our research in these areas and how they provide efficient solutions for total synthesis, an area where our group has initiated a range of research programmes, as well as platforms for the discovery of unusual reactivity.

About the Speaker

Nuno Maulide was born in Lisbon in 1979. After graduating in chemistry from the Instituto Superior Tecnico in 2003, he completed an M.Sc. at the Ecole Polytechnique in 2004 (Summa cum Laude, ranking 1st out of 22 students) and received his Ph.D. from the Universite catholique de Louvain in 2007.He subsequently moved to Stanford University for postdoctoral studies before returning to Europe to take an endowed position as Max-Planck Research Group Leader at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Kohlenforschung in early 2009, where he also received a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2011). Since October 2013 he holds the Chair of Organic Synthesis and heads the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Vienna. His research interests span diverse areas within organic chemistry, focusing on unconventional reaction mechanisms and intermediates. Nuno Maulide has been elected “Scientist of the Year” 2018-19 in Austria and is the youngest elected Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has received among others the Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award (2012), the ADUC prize of the German Chemical Society (2012), the inaugural EurJOC Young Researcher Award (2015), the Elisabeth Lutz Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2016), the Prize of the City of Vienna (2017) and the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award (2020). Furthermore, he is an ERC Starting (2011), Consolidator (2016) and Proof of Concept (2018) Grantee.

Image courtesy of Christoph Liebentritt.