—ACS Award In Pure Chemistry “Sponsored by Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity and Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation” “I’m just a simple boy from New Jersey who likes chemistry,” says Phil S. Baran. Baran, 32, a chemistry professor at Scripps Research Institute, is being honored for his approach to synthesizing natural products that are anything but simple (for example, see page 5). Baran’s humility notwithstanding, colleagues describe his work as “bold,” “inventive,” and “stunningly beautiful.” “The target molecules Baran has synthesized are highly complex—often molecules that top synthetic organic groups around the world have been struggling with,” says Larry E. Overman, a chemistry professor at the University of California, Irvine.
by Jyllian N. Kemsley |
January 11, 2010