In recognition of her contributions in the area of asymmetric catalysis and the application of Solvias ligands, Solvias awarded the 2010 prize to Professor Jaesook Yun from the Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea.
Solvias honors Professor Yun for her manifold contributions in the development of stereoselective catalytic reactions based on chiral complexes of inexpensive metals. The enantioselective boron conjugate addition to cyclic or acyclic unsaturated carbonyl compounds as well as the asymmetric synthesis of nitriles with a stereogenic center bearing two different aryl groups have an interesting synthetic potential. Both reactions use Cu catalysts and significantly extend the scope of the Solvias ligand portfolio.
The awards ceremony and the presentation of the prize-winning contributions took place during Solvias Science Day, a scientific conference which was held for the 9th time at the Congress Center Basel. 280 visitors from academic and leading pharmaceutical companies in Europe attended the scientific conference to gain insight into trends in the development of pharmaceutical drugs and how these can be used successfully in practice.
The contest challenges researchers all over the world to submit new and improved applications of Solvias ligands and catalysts. To pick the winner, the jury assesses the novelty, scientific rigor and originality of the work submitted, as well as its practical applicability in organic synthesis.