45 Finalists of the 2017 Reaxys PhD Prize announced

2017 Reaxys PhD Prize - 45 Finalists


We are delighted to announce the 45 finalists for this year’s Reaxys PhD Prize. As in previous years the finalists have been selected after an extensive and thorough external review process and have been supported throughout by the Prize coordinators Professors Barrett, Jansen, Nakamura, Nevado, Parkin, Trost and Wong.

This year the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium will be held in Shanghai on 19 and 20 October, 2017. The highlight of the symposium will be presentations from the very top finalists and the selection of the 3 winners based upon their presentation and review scores.

The 2017 Reaxys PhD Prize Finalists are:

Ahmed Badran from the Liu group, Harvard University.

Representative paper entitled: Continuous evolution of Bacillus thuringiensis toxins overcomes insect resistance, published in Nature, 2016

Joshua Barham from the Murphy group, University of Strathclyde.

Representative paper entitled: Contra-Thermodynamic Hydrogen Atom Abstraction in the Selective C-H Functionalization of Trialkylamine N-CH3 Groups, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016

Suzanne Batiste from the Johnston group, Vanderbilt University.

Representative paper entitled: Rapid synthesis of cyclic oligomeric depsipeptides with positional, stereochemical, and macrocycle size distribution control, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016

Antonio Bauzá from the Frontera group, University of Balearic Islands.

Representative paper entitled: Tetrel-Bonding Interaction: Rediscovered Supramolecular Force?, published in Angewandte Chemie, 2013

Charlotte Boott from the Pringle group, University of Bristol.

Representative paper entitled: Scalable and uniform 1D nanoparticles by synchronous polymerization, crystallization and self-assembly, published in Nature Chemistry, 2017

Anna Brezny from the Landis group, University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Representative paper entitled: Unexpected CO Dependencies, Catalyst Speciation, and Single Turnover Hydrogenolysis Studies of Hydroformylation via High Pressure NMR Spectroscopy, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2017

Lumen Chao from the Murata group, Kyoto University.

Representative paper entitled: Electron Deficient Tetrabenzo-Fused Pyracylene and Conversions into Curved and Planar π-Systems with Distinct Emission Behaviors, published in Angewandte Chemie, 2015

Zhe Dong from the Dong group, University of Chicago.

Representative paper entitled: Simple Amine-Directed Meta-Selective C–H Arylation via Pd/Norbornene Catalysis, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015

Brendan Fallon from the Petit group, University Pierre & Marie Curie.

Representative paper entitled: C–H Activation/Functionalization Catalyzed by Simple, Well-Defined Low-Valent Cobalt Complexes, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015

Alexander Giovannitti from the McCulloch group, Imperial College London.

Representative paper entitled: N-type organic electrochemical transistors with stability in water, published in Nature Communications, 2016

Robert Heinze from the Heretsch group, Freie University of Berlin.

Representative paper entitled: Synthesis of Strophasterol A Guided by a Proposed Biosynthesis and Innate Reactivity, published in Angewandte Chemie, 2016

Yoshihiko Iwane from the Suga group, University of Tokyo.

Representative paper entitled: Expanding the amino acid repertoire of ribosomal polypeptide synthesis via the artificial division of codon boxes, published in Nature Chemistry, 2016

Xingxing Jiang from the Lin group, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science.

Representative paper entitled: Near-zero Thermal Expansion and High Ultraviolet Transparency in a Borate Crystal of Zn4B6O13, published in Advanced Materials, 2016

Jonathan Kuo from the Norton group, Columbia University.

Representative paper entitled: Radical Isomerization and Cycloisomerization Initiated by H• Transfer, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016

Shogo Kuriyama from the Nishibayashi group, University of Tokyo.

Representative paper entitled: Catalytic transformation of dinitrogen into ammonia and hydrazine by iron-dinitrogen complexes bearing pincer ligand, published in Nature Communications, 2016

Hiu Lam from the George group, University of Adelaide.

Representative paper entitled: Biomimetic Total Synthesis of Hyperjapones A–E and Hyperjaponols A and C, published in Angewandte Chemie, 2016

Matthew Landry from the Burns group, Stanford University.

Representative paper entitled: Catalytic Enantioselective Dihalogenation and the Selective Synthesis of (−)-Deschloromytilipin A and (−)-Danicalipin A, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016

Mark Levin from the Toste group, University of California Berkeley.

Representative paper entitled: A supramolecular microenvironment strategy for transition metal catalysis, published in Science, 2015

Kuangbiao Liao from the Davies group, Emory University.

Representative paper entitled: Site-selective and stereoselective functionalization of unactivated C–H bonds, published in Nature, 2016

Maria Cristina Lo Giudice from the Dawson group, University College Dublin.

Representative paper entitled: In situ characterization of nanoparticle biomolecular interactions in complex biological media by flow cytometry, published in Nature Communications, 2016

Moritz Malischewski from the Seppelt group, Freie University of Berlin.

Representative paper entitled: Isolation and structural and electronic characterization of salts of the decamethylferrocene dication, published in Science, 2016

Koichi Nagata from the Tokitoh group, Kyoto University.

Representative paper entitled: Activation of Dihydrogen by Masked Doubly Bonded Aluminum Species, published in Angewandte Chemie, 2016

Takayuki Nakamuro from the Murakami group, Kyoto University.

Representative paper entitled: Synthesis of Enantiopure C3-Symmetric Triangular Molecules, published in Angewandte Chemie, 2017

Ryo Nakano from the Nozaki group, University of Tokyo.

Representative paper entitled: Copolymerization of carbon dioxide and butadiene via a lactone intermediate, published in Nature Chemistry, 2014

Dennis Nielsen from the Skrydstrup group, Aarhus University.

Representative paper entitled: Cooperative redox activation for carbon dioxide conversion, published in Nature Communications, 2016

Keisuke Nogi from the Tsuji group, Kyoto University.

Representative paper entitled: Carboxyzincation Employing Carbon Dioxide and Zinc Powder: Cobalt-Catalyzed Multicomponent Coupling Reactions with Alkynes, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016

Jennifer Obligacion from the Chirik group, Princeton University.

Representative paper entitled: Cobalt-Catalyzed C(sp2)-H Borylation: Mechanistic Insights Lead to Rational Catalyst Design, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016

Thomas Osberger from the White group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Representative paper entitled: Oxidative Diversification of Amino Acids and Peptides Enabled by Small Molecule Iron Catalysis, published in Nature, 2016

Harshkumar Patel from the Sigman group, University of Utah.

Representative paper entitled: Enantioselective Palladium-Catalyzed Alkenylation of Trisubstituted Alkenols To Form Allylic Quaternary Centers, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016

Aleksandra Pekosak from the Windhorst group, Vrije University Medical Center Amsterdam.

Representative paper entitled: Stereoselective 11C Labeling of a “Native” Tetrapeptide by Using Asymmetric Phase-Transfer Catalyzed Alkylation Reactions, published in European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2017

Catherine Pitman from the Miller group, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Representative paper entitled: Aqueous Hydricity of Late Metal Catalysts as a Continuum Tuned by Ligands and the Medium, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016

Derrick Roberts from the Nitschke group, University of Cambridge.

Representative paper entitled: Post-assembly Modification of Tetrazine-Edged Fe(II)4L6 Tetrahedra, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015

Jessica Rodriguez Villar from the Mascareñas group, University of Santiago de Compostela.

Representative paper entitled: Anion Recognition as a Supramolecular Switch of Cell Internalization, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2017

Koki Sano from the Aida group, University of Tokyo.

Representative paper entitled: Photonic water dynamically responsive to external stimuli, published in Nature Communications, 2016

Ryan Schwamm from the Coles group, Victoria University of Wellington.

Representative paper entitled: Isolation and Characterization of a Bismuth(II) Radical, published in Angewandte Chemie, 2015

Sergii Shylin from the Ksenofontov group, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.

Representative paper entitled: Indefinitely stable iron(IV) cage complexes formed in water by air oxidation, published in Nature Communications, 2017

Markus Suta from the Wickleder group, University of Siegen.

Representative paper entitled: Spin Crossover of Yb2+ in CsCaX3 and CsSrX3 (X = Cl, Br, I) - A Guideline to Novel Halide-Based Scintillators, published in Advanced Functional Materials, 2017

Andy Thomas from the Denmark group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Representative paper entitled: Pre-transmetalation intermediates in the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction revealed: The missing link, published in Science, 2016

Veaceslav Vieru from the Chibotaru group, KU Leuven.

Representative paper entitled: A {CrIII2DyIII2} Single-Molecule Magnet: Enhancing the Blocking Temperature through 3d Magnetic Exchange, published in Angewandte Chemie, 2013

Min Wang from the Wen Liu group, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Representative paper entitled: Metabolic coupling of two small molecule thiols programs the biosynthesis of lincomycin A, published in Nature, 2015

Fei Wang from the Guosheng Liu group, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Representative paper entitled: Enantioselective cyanation of benzylic C–H bonds via copper-catalyzed radical relay, published in Science, 2016

Miles White from the Vela group, Iowa State University.

Representative paper entitled: Polytypism and Unique Site Preference in LiZnSb: A Superior Thermoelectric Reveals Its True Colors, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016

Kumiko Yamamoto from the Kanai group, University of Tokyo.

Representative paper entitled: Catalytic Asymmetric Iterative/Domino Aldehyde Cross-Aldol Reactions for the Rapid and Flexible Synthesis of 1,3-Polyols, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015

Sui Yang from the Zhang group, University of California Berkeley.

Representative paper entitled: Feedback-driven self-assembly of symmetry breaking optical metamaterials in solution, published in Nature Nanotechnology, 2014

Changchun Yuan from the Liu group, Sichuan University.

Representative paper entitled: Bioinspired Total Synthesis of Bolivianine: A Diels− Alder/Intramolecular Hetero-Diels−Alder Cascade Approach, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013