The third Springer Heterocyclic Chemistry Award will be presented to Nuno Maulide, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Vienna. Maulide has contributed significantly to the advancement of multiple areas of heterocyclic chemistry, and his highly original work has already had an impact in academia and industry. The award will be presented at the European Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry in Lecce, Italy from 2 to 5 September 2018.
Maulide's research mainly involves unconventional reactivity profiles of organic compounds. His special focus is on high-energy reactive intermediates that can be generated under mild conditions and subsequently enable domino rearrangements or catalytic asymmetric transformations.
After receiving his PhD at the Université catholique de Louvain, Maulide went on to postdoctoral research at Stanford University before becoming a group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Germany. He has been a full professor of organic chemistry at the University of Vienna since 2013 where his research has received two European Research Council grants.
Nuno Maulide said: "I am delighted at receiving this award which highlights a theme close to the group's heart, namely the chemistry of heterocycles. My deepest thanks go to my research team, whose hard work over the past years has enabled the research achievements recognized by this prize. This provides all of us with renewed encouragement to continue looking towards the future for (hopefully) the next exciting discoveries."
The Springer Heterocyclic Chemistry Award was created by Springer and the series editors of the book review series Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry. The award is presented every two to three years to an outstanding independent academic researcher working in the field of heterocyclic chemistry. To be considered, candidates should hold an assistant, associate or full professorship at a university or research institute and be 50 years or younger in the year in which the award is presented. All aspects of heterocyclic chemistry, including experimental and theoretical work, are eligible.
"Heterocyclic chemistry makes up an important part of our organic chemistry publication programme at Springer, and it is therefore our pleasure to acknowledge Nuno Maulide's highly creative research in this field through the Springer Heterocyclic Chemistry Award 2018," said Charlotte Hollingworth, senior publishing editor at Springer.
The award winner receives a travel grant to attend the European Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry (ECHC), at which he or she holds a special lecture. In addition, there is a €1,000 cash prize and a lifelong online subscription to Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry.
Past winners of the award include Jérôme Waser at the EPFL in Switzerland and Frank Glorius at the University of Muenster in Germany.