Issue Date: January 8, 2018
ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Brian M. Stoltz
Citation: For the development of efficient methods, particularly cascade reactions, that allow for the efficient synthesis of complex organic molecules.
Current position: professor of chemistry, California Institute of Technology
Education: B.S., chemistry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; B.A., German, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.S., organic chemistry, Yale University; Ph.D., organic chemistry, Yale University
Stoltz on what gets his creative juices flowing: “Creativity is the beauty that underscores the science. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had a number of critically important mentors throughout the course of my scientific development. Additionally, I have benefited from exceedingly talented and quite brilliant students and colleagues in my 17 years at Caltech. It is the collective of these individuals that inspires and pushes me to a higher level.”
What his colleagues say: “He is well recognized as one of the young leaders in organic synthesis and is one of the few who not only develop both new catalytic methodology but also demonstrate the methods in complex total synthesis.”—Robert H. Grubbs, California Institute of Technology
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