Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award 2015 Winner
Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Awarded for the development of innovative methodology for the total synthesis of complex alkaloid natural products
About the Winner
Richmond Sarpong was born in Bechem, Ghana, West Africa in 1974 and also lived in Zambia and Botswana. He received his B.A degree from Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA) in 1995. During that time, he carried out research with Professor Rebecca C. Hoye. He conducted his Ph.D. research with Professor Martin F. Semmelhack at Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey, USA) and completed his Ph.D. in 2000, which was focused on the synthesis of functional analogs of the enediynes calicheamicin and esperamicin. After three and a half years as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Brian Stoltz at Caltech (Pasadena, California, USA) working on methods and strategies for complex molecule synthesis, he began his independent career at the University of California, Berkeley where he is now Full Professor.
Richmond has been the recipient of several awards including an ACS Cope Scholar Award, Sloan Research Scholar award and a Camille-Dreyfus Teacher Scholar award. He is also an accomplished teacher as evidenced by a distinguished teaching award from the department of chemistry at UC Berkeley. His current research interests span the development of new strategies and methods for the synthesis of complex molecules.
Professor Sarpong's webpage
University of California, Berkeley
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