• Fu and Stoltz 2018 ACS National Award Recipients

Fu and Stoltz named 2018 National Award Recipients by the American Chemical Society

Greg Fu, Norman Chandler Professor of Chemistry, and Brian Stoltz, Professor of Chemistry, have been named by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as recipients of National Awards for 2018. They, along with the other National Award Recipients, will be honored at an awards ceremony held on March 20, 2018, in conjunction with the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professor Fu has been named the winner of the Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods, sponsored by he Purdue Borane Research Fund and the Herbert C. Brown Award Endowment. This award is given to To recognize and encourage outstanding and creative contributions to research in synthetic methods. 

Professor Stoltz, has been named the winner of the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. This award is given to recognize and encourage creative work in synthetic organic chemistry. 

The Fu lab is focused on transition-metal catalysis, with an emphasis on enantioselective reactions. Specifically, they are developing nickel-catalyzed and copper-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions of alkyl electrophiles, including enantioconvergent reactions of racemic electrophiles. Their research with nickel is focused on carbon–carbon bond formation, and their investigation of copper (in collaboration with the Peters lab at Caltech) is directed predominantly at carbon–heteroatom bond formation.

Research in the Stoltz group is centered in the general area of chemical synthesis with a focus on the development of new strategies for the preparation of complex molecules possessing interesting structural, biological, and physical properties.

In concert with the design and development of unique and efficient synthetic strategies, we develop new techniques and methods which are useful in far reaching and unanticipated applications, as well as for the synthesis of the initial inspirational target. Thus, the general research paradigm within the Stoltz laboratory will be to utilize architecturally complex target molecules as the driving force behind the development of new reactions, which extend the limits of the science.