Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award 2010 Winner
The Weizmann Institute of Science
For his outstanding research in homogeneous catalysis by metal complexes especially his development of pincer complexes for unprecedented catalytic transformations.
About the winner
David Milstein received his Ph.D. degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1976. He carried out postdoctoral studies in the USA at Colorado State University, where together with his advisor, John Stille, he discovered the Stille Reaction. In 1979 he joined the Central Research and Development Department of the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, where he became a Group Leader in the homogeneous catalysis area. In 1987 he accepted a professorial appointment at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, where he became Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry in 1996. In 2000 he became Head of the Kimmel Center for Molecular Design at the Weizmann institute. He is the Israel Matz Professor of Organic Chemistry since 1996. His research interests focus on the development of fundamental organometallic chemistry and its application to the design of new sustainable processes catalyzed by transition metal complexes. He has studied metal-mediated activation and functionalization of very strong chemical bonds, such as carbon-carbon, carbon-hydrogen and carbon-fluorine bonds. Among his recent contributions are fundamentally new "green" reactions catalyzed by pincer complexes, such as coupling of alcohols and amines to form amides with liberation of H2. Very recently, he has developed a new approach towards water splitting based on consecutive thermal H2 generation and light-driven O2 liberation.
The Weizmann Institute of Science- Professor David Milstein
The Weizmann Institute of Science- Home page of Professor David Milstein, the Israel Matz Professorial Chair of Organic Chemistry
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