Pedler Award 2017 Winner


Professor Jin-Quan Yu
Professor Jin-Quan Yu
The Scripps Research Institute

 

Awarded for development of pioneering methods of C-H activation

 


About the Winner


Jin-Quan Yu received his B.S. in Chemistry at East China Normal University, with Professors Li-Xin Dai and Bi-Qi Wu as a visiting student at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, (SIOC) Chinese Academy of Sciences (CSC) in 1987. After a one-year course study at the SIOC, he went to Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, CSC, to study terpene chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis under the supervision of Professor Shu-De Xiao, where he obtained his Master's degree in 1990. He then went to Cambridge University for his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor J. B. Spencer, where he studied biosynthesis and the mechanistic details of the hydrometallation step in asymmetric hydrogenation. 

Jin-Quan was elected as a Junior Research Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge University in 1998, and from 2001-2002 he worked on Pd-catalyzed allylic oxidation as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the laboratory of Professor E. J. Corey. After returning to Cambridge University, he was appointed as a University Royal Society Research Fellow in 2003, and stared his independent research towards developing asymmetric C-H insertion reactions. In 2004, he moved to Brandeis University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He joined The Scripps Research Institute as an Associate Professor in 2007, became a full Professor in August 2010, and was appointed as the Frank and Bertha Hupp Professor of Chemistry in 2012. He has received the Mukaiyama Award, 2012; Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, 2013; Elias J. Corey Award, 2014, and the MacArthur Fellowship in 2016. 


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