2019 Homogeneous Catalysis Award Winner


Professor Xile Hu

Professor Xile Hu
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Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

 

Awarded for original contributions to base metal catalysis, particularly in C-C and C-N coupling of alkyl electrophiles and in functionalization of alkenes and alkynes.

 

 

 


About the Winner


Xile Hu was born in 1978 in Putian, Fijian Province, China. He received a B.S. degree from Peking University (2000; advisor: Prof. Jianhua Lin) and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, San Diego (2004; advisor: Prof. Karsten Meyer). He carried out a postdoctoral study at the California Institute of Technology (advisor: Prof. Jonas Peters) before joining the faculty of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a tenure-track assistant professor in 2007. He was promoted to associate professor in January 2013 and full professor in June 2016. He directs an interdisciplinary research program to develop catalysis for sustainable synthesis of added-value chemicals and for cost-effective production of solar fuels. His group is unifying concepts and methods in homogeneous, heterogeneous, and enzyme catalysis to obtain fundamental understanding of catalysis and novel catalysts. His work is recognized by, among others, the Werner Prize of Swiss Chemical Society (2011), the Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Lectureship (2013), the European Medal for Bio-inorganic Chemistry (2014), the Young Research Award of European Federation of Catalysis Society (2015), the Bau Family Award in Inorganic Chemistry (2016), the Organic LettersOutstanding Publication of the Year Lectureship Award(2017), the Tajima Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry (2017) and the Resonate Award of Caltech (2018). In 2017 he received the National Latsis Prize of Switzerland, the highest Swiss award for a researcher under 40. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and a highly cited researcher according to Clarivate Analytics. 


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