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ods. Nakanishi is on the editorial board
of many journals, and is the editor-inchief of The Chemical Record, which is
published by a group of Japanese chemical societies.
Otto Bayer Prize to T. Carell
Order of Culture Medal to K.
Koji Nakanishi, Centennial Emeritus
Professor of Chemistry at Columbia
University (New York) has received
Order of Culture
medal. This prize
has been awarded
annually since 1937
by the Japanese
Emperor and is
presented to those
who have made an
important contribution to art, literK. Nakanishi
ature, or culture. In
2004, Nakanishi coauthored a Review in Angewandte
Chemie with K. Strømgaard on ginkgolides and bilobalide;[1a] in the following
year he reported on the superoxidation
of bisretinoids.[1b]
Nakanishi can look back at over
60 years of chemistry research. He
received his BSc in chemistry in 1947
at the University of Nagoya and then
researched for two years under L. Fieser
at Harvard University before returning
to Nagoya in 1954 to complete his PhD
with Y. Hirata. In the following years he
was assistant professor in Nagoya until
he was appointed professor of chemistry
in 1958 at the Tokyo Kyoiku University.
His next port of call was as professor at
the Tohoku University in Sendai from
1963 to 1969, and since 1969 he has been
professor at Columbia University. He
applies his research efforts to the isolation and investigation of biologically
active compounds, retinal proteins,
ligand–neuroreceptor interactions, and
the development of spectroscopic meth-
Every two years, Bayer AG presents a
E 50 000 research prize, which is named
after their long-standing head of
research Otto Bayer, whose similarity
in name to that of the company is purely
coincidental. This
year the prize goes
to Thomas Carell
(Ludwig Maximilian
Munich) for work
into DNA damage
that is brought
about in particular
by UV light, and
DNA repair processes that can pre- T. Carell
spontaneous cancer formation, and
aging processes. CarellDs group inserts
errors specifically into artificial DNA
sections and observes how repair
emzymes correct small defects in genetic
material. Aside from DNA repair, he is
interested in the biophysical properties
of DNA and DNA hybrid compounds.
He recently authored a Minireview in
Angewandte Chemie on DNA–metal
base pairs,[2a] and a Communication on
the selective detection of 5-methylcytosine residues in DNA.[2b]
Carell studied chemistry in MEnster
and Heidelberg, and received his PhD in
1993 with H. A. Staab at the Max Planck
Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg. Thereafter he had a postdoctoral stay with J. Rebek at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA) completed his habilitation
with F. Diederich at the ETH ZErich. In
2000 he took up a professorial position
at the University of Marburg, and in
December 2003 he was appointed at the
University of Munich. Carell is a
member of the editorial board of ChemBioChem.
2008 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
…and Appointed
K. Mllen is the New President of
the GDCh
The new president of the German
Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) as of
January 1, 2008, is Klaus MEllen (Max
Planck Institute for Polymer Research,
Mainz). MEllen is the successor to
Dieter Jahn (BASF); the position alternates between persons from academia
and industry. The 14-member board of
the society is directly elected by its
members, and chooses the president
and two deputies from among its members. The term of office is two years.
MEllenDs group is involved in new
polymerization reactions, multidimensional polymers, functional polymer networks, and organic materials for electronics, optoelectronics, and hydrogen
Furthermore, they carry
out nuclear magnetic
spectroscopy and
mass spectrometry.
reported on the
redox chemistry of
a hexapyrrolohexaazacoronene
Angewandte Chem- K. MEllen
ie[3a] and featured
on the cover of
Chemistry – A European Journal with
the synthesis and photophysical properties of rylenebis(dicarboximide).[3b]
MEllen received his PhD in 1972 at the
University of Basel on EPR spectroscopy of the radical anions of twisted p
systems with F. Gerson. He then moved
to the ETH ZErich, and there he gained
his credentials working on dynamic
NMR spectroscopy and electrochemistry with J. F. M. Oth in 1977. In 1979 he
took up a position in organic chemistry
at the University of Cologne, and in
1983 he moved to the University of
Mainz. He was made director of the
Max Planck Institute for Polymer
Research in 1989. He received an honorary professorship at the University of
Mainz, and since 2006 also at the
Chinese Academy of Science. MEllen is
a member of the editorial boards of
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 822 – 823
Chemistry – An Asian Journal, and of
Macromolecular Rapid Communications, and Macromolecular Chemistry
and Physics. In 2005, together with U.
Scherf, he edited the book Organic
Light Emitting Devices (Wiley-VCH).
[1] a) K. Strømgaard, K. Nakanishi, Angew.
Chem. 2004, 116, 1670; Angew. Chem. Int.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 822 – 823
Ed. 2004, 43, 1640; b) I. Washington, S.
Jockusch, Y. Itagaki, N. J. Turro, K.
Nakanishi, Angew. Chem. 2005, 117,
7259; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 43,
[2] a) G. H. Clever, C. Kaul, T. Carell,
Angew. Chem. 2007, 119, 6340; Angew.
Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 6226; b) S.
Bareyt, T. Carell, Angew. Chem. 2008,
120, 187; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47,
[3] a) M. Takase, V. Enkelmann, D. Sebastiani, M. Baumgarten, K. MEllen, Angew.
Chem. 2007, 119, 5620; Angew. Chem. Int.
Ed. 2007, 46, 5524; b) Yu. Avlasevich, S.
MEller, P. Erk, K. MEllen, Chem. Eur. J.
2007, 13, 6555.
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200705674
2008 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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