News from Nov 28, 2017
The Alexander von Humboldt foundation has elected Prof. William D. Jones, University of Rochester, NY, USA to receive a Humboldt Research Award.
Prof. Jones will spend his first research period at the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Freie Universität Berlin from January until July 2018. His host will be Prof. Dr. Christian Müller (Inorganic Chemistry).
Prof. Jones is one of the leading and most renowned organometallic chemists of his generation. He is well known for his fundamental investigations on bond activation reactions and has received extraordinary international reputation. Especially his work on the cleavage of C-H, C-C, C-S and C-F bonds has paved the way for rather exciting applications in synthetic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, and is also of technical relevance for several industrial processes, such as the DuPont adiponitrile process and the desulfurization of oil. The organometallic community describes Prof. Jones’ publications as being groundbreaking, elegant, intellectually concise and original, while being of high scientific quality. Next to several other prizes, Prof. Jones received the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry (2003), the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar award (2009) and the RSC Organometallic Chemistry Award 2017.