Issue Date: March 17, 2014
Arthur C. Cope Mid Career Scholar Award: Benjamin List
Benjamin List, managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim, Germany, is a world leader in the field of organocatalysis. In particular, in 2000, he played the key part in establishing the role of proline—an amino acid—as a catalyst for intermolecular aldol reactions.
Throughout the 20th century, scientists published papers that mentioned examples of catalysis using small organic molecules, including amines. In particular, pharmaceutical industry groups led by Zoltan Hajos, who . . .
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