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A. Skerra and F. Kremer Receive
Beckurts Prize
Awarded…
A. Frstner Receives Bayer Prize
and Mukaiyama Award
The Otto Bayer Prize 2006 was awarded
to Alois Frstner (Max Planck Institute
for Coal Research,
Mlheim/Ruhr). Frstner was honored with
the E 50 000 prize for
his pioneering work at
the interface between
organometallic chemistry and organic synthesis, and particularly for
his contributions to
alkene and alkyne
metathesis and its
A. Frstner
application to the total
synthesis of complex
natural products such
as macrolides, alkaloids, and glycoconjugates. The title of his award lecture
was “About Splitting and Combining:
Notes on Metathesis”. He is also the first
recipient of the Mukaiyama Award of
the Japanese Society of Synthetic
Organic Chemistry. Frstner received
his PhD in 1987 at the Technical University of Graz with H. Weidmann, and
following a postdoctoral fellowship with
W. Oppolzer (University of Geneva) he
completed his habilitation at Graz in
1992. He joined the Max Planck Institute (Mlheim) as a group leader in 1993
and is a director there since 1998. His
review on roseophilin and prodigiosin
alkaloids in Angewandte Chemie in 2003
was also highlighted on the cover of the
same issue.[1a] He recently also described
the unusual structure and reactivity of a
homoleptic super-ate complex of iron.[1b]
Frstner is a member of the editorial
board of Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis and ChemMedChem, among others.
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The Karl Heinz Beckurts Award, which
has been presented by the foundation of
the same name since 1989 following an
initiative of the
Helmholtz Association of National
Research Centers
(Germany), was
awarded in 2005
to
A.
Skerra
(Technical University of Munich)
and F. Kremer
(University
of
Leipzig), among
A. Skerra
others. The prize
is worth E 30 000
and is awarded annually for outstanding
research work that has spawned industrial innovation.
Arne Skerra studied chemistry at the
Technical University of Darmstadt and
completed his PhD in 1989 at the
Ludwig Maximilians University in
Munich working with A. Plckthun
and E.-L. Winnacker. In 1990 he joined
G. Winter at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of the Medical Research
Council in Cambridge (UK) as a postdoctoral fellow. He then joined the Max
Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt as a group leader, working with
Nobel Laureate H. Michel. He completed his habilitation in 1995 at the
University of Frankfurt am Main. In
1994 he was appointed professor of
protein chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt, and in 1998 he
moved to the Weihenstephan campus of
the Technical University of Munich as a
professor of biological chemistry. Skerra
was honored for his innovative work in
the area of molecular biotechnology and
protein design, especially for the development of the artificial receptor proteins, the anticalins. Recently, he
reported the construction of an anticalin
based on human apolipoprotein D in
ChemBioChem.[2] In 2001, Skerra
founded the company Pieris Proteolab,
a biopharmaceutical company focused
on the development and commercialization of anticalins for therapeutic use in a
variety of diseases, particularly in cancer
and cardiovascular diseases.
2006 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Friedrich Kremer was recognized for
his work on the dynamics of condensed
matter and particularly for the further
development of broadband dielectric
spectroscopy in the GHz range. This
technology was developed into a fully
automated measuring system in collaboration with the company Novocontrol.
Kremer recently discussed the dielectric
relaxation of sidechain liquid-crystalline ionomers
that contain alkaline metal ions.[3]
Besides dielectric
spectroscopy, his
research
group
also
employs
NMR and (timeresolved)
IR
spectroscopy as
F. Kremer
well as optical
and
scanning
probe methods to investigate the structure and dynamics of supramolecular
systems, for example, near glass transitions. They also study the interactions
between individual biomolecules with
the aid of optical tweezers as microscopic sensors and actuators. Kremer
studied physics at the University of
Munich and biology at the University
of Freiburg, where he completed his
PhD with B. Hassenstein in 1977. He
then joined L. Genzel at the Max Planck
Institute for Solid-State Physics in Stuttgart, and in 1985 he joined E. W. Fischer
at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer
Research in Mainz, where he carried out
his habilitation in 1991–1992. A year
later, he was appointed as professor of
experimental physics at the University
of Leipzig. Kremer serves on the editorial boards of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics and Macromolecular
Rapid Communications, among others.
[1] a) A. Frstner, Angew. Chem. 2003, 115,
3706; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2003, 42,
3582; b) A. Frstner, H. Krause, C. W.
Lehmann, Angew. Chem. 2006, 118, 454;
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 440.
[2] M. Vogt, A. Skerra, ChemBioChem 2004,
5, 191.
[3] N. A. Nikonorova, E. B. Barmatov, D. A.
Pebalk, R. Diaz-Calleja, F. Kremer, Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2005, 206, 1630.
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200600522
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 1676
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