Bader Award 2016 Winner
Awarded for his break-through discoveries in hypervalent iodine chemistry and flow-based synthesis that have led the field and have opened up completely new areas of research
About the Winner
Thomas Wirth obtained his Diplom (1989) from the University of Bonn/ Germany, and PhD (1992) on the use of 2-vinylindoles in synthesis from the Technical University of Berlin/Germany with Professor S Blechert. After a postdoctoral stay working on the memory of chirality with Professor K Fuji at Kyoto University/Japan as a JSPS fellow, he started his independent research at the University of Basel/Switzerland.
In the group of Professor B Giese he obtained his habilitation on stereoselective oxidation reactions (1999) supported by various scholarships before taking up his current position at Cardiff University in 2000. He was invited as a visiting professor to a number of places, received the Werner Prize from the New Swiss Chemical Society (2000) and a Wolfson Research Merit award (2016). He was chairman of the RSC local section (2005-2007), an associate Editor of Synlett (2002-2010), is currently editor of the Journal of Flow Chemistry (2011-).
Thomas Wirth is the author of 190 publications including several reviews and book chapters and has written/edited 5 books. During the last 20 years, Thomas Wirth has been very active in presenting research results and given about 300 lectures at conferences, universities and in industries.
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