The jury of the annual Solvias Ligand Contest awarded the 2011 prize to Dr. Syuzanna R. Harutyunyan, Assistant Professor in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen. The Award Ceremony and presentation of the prize-winning contribution took place during the 10th Science Day.
The jury honors Dr. Syuzanna R. Harutyunyan for her contributions in the area of asymmetric catalysis and the application of Solvias ligands with the following laudation: "In recognition of enlarging the scope of Cu-Josiphos and Cu-Taniaphos catalyzed asymmetric addition reactions. Both, the allylic substitutions with alkyl lithium reagents as well as the 1,2 addition of Grignard reagents to enones have an interesting synthetic potential."
The awards ceremony and the presentation of the prize-winning contributions took place during the 10th Solvias Science Day, a scientific conference which was held at the Congress Center Basel in Switzerland.
The Solvias Ligand 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.