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07/01/14

Looking for new reactions: Bill Morandi becomes group leader at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung

Looking for new reactions: Bill Morandi becomes group leader at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung

The Department of Homogeneous Catalysis of the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung  is growing: Dr. Bill Morandi, who has recently worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Nobel laureate Robert Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology, will start as independent Max Planck Research Group leader in the Department.

Innovative Synthetic Methodologies

Morandi will focus on developing innovative synthetic methodologies for applications across the molecular sciences, with a particular interest in establishing new concepts in catalysis.
“My main area of research is the design and study of new chemical reactions, particularly through the development of new approaches to homogeneous catalysis”, says Morandi. Members of his lab will be the “tool builders” of the molecular sciences.

“In Mülheim, my group will invent new powerful chemical reactions to harness the power of chemistry to prepare molecules of interest for a wide range of applications.” A particular attention will be given to the development of sustainable reactions to rapidly access important compounds.

Exploration of uncharted Areas of Chemical Space


But also to the exploration of uncharted areas of chemical space through the synthesis of totally novel and unusual molecules. The newly developed reactions and compounds will likely lead to applications in drug design, materials science and chemical biology.

“The main reason why I come to Germany is that the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung is one of the worldwide leading Institutes in my area of research, catalysis”, explains Morandi, who will move to Mülheim with his family. “The opportunity to work with brilliant colleagues was nearly impossible to turn down.” Additionally, the phenomenal infrastructure of this Institute and the generous scientific funding of the Max Planck Society strengthened my desire to start in Mülheim over other places.

Please find more information on Bill Morandi's work on his website.