Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards: Keith Woerpel | January 15, 2018 Issue - Vol. 96 Issue 3 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 96 Issue 3 | p. 36 | Awards
Issue Date: January 15, 2018

Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards: Keith Woerpel

Department: ACS News
Keywords: ACS News, national awards
Photo of Keith Woerpel.

Sponsor: Arthur C. Cope Fund

Citation: For the development of new methods for stereoselective synthesis using organosilicon reagents and for deepening our understanding of the structure and reactivity of oxocarbenium ions.

Current position: Margaret & Herman Sokol Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, New York University

Education: B.S., chemistry, University of Virginia; A.M. and Ph.D., chemistry, Harvard University

Woerpel on what gets his creative juices flowing: “The stereoselectivities of organic reactions can be incredibly high, but our understanding of what controls that selectivity is not well developed. If we understood all the fundamental forces in organic chemistry, we could understand and predict the stereoselectivity of any reaction.”

What his colleagues say: “Woerpel’s work is characterized by insight, depth, rigor, and elements of great creativity and innovation. He has made a lasting impact on three very different areas of organic chemistry: the study of oxocarbenium ions and their chemistry, the development and applications of silylene transfer reagents, and the synthesis and development of endoperoxides as reagents and as antimalarials.”—David Crich, Wayne State University

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