Chemist from the University of Münster receives "Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award"
For his outstanding contribution towards the development of novel radical-based methodologies, Prof. Armido Studer from the Organic Chemistry Institute of the University of Münster receives an "Arthur C. Cope Late Career Scholars Award" worth a total of 45,000 US dollar. The American Chemical Society presents this prestigious award to scientists who can look back on a professional career of more than 25 years since obtaining their doctoral degree. With his work in the field of radical chemistry, Armido Studer has made a significant contribution to the renaissance of the chemistry of free radicals in organic synthesis and in polymer chemistry.
The Swiss-born professor has been working at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at University of Münster since 2004. He is the spokesperson of the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2678 Münster/Nagoya "Functional π-Systems: Activation, Interactions and Applications (pi-Sys)". In addition to other awards, he received the Research Prize of the University of Münster in 2014. He has been a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2018, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina since 2020 and a member of the Academia Europaea since 2021.
Armido Studer used radical pathways to synthesize interesting target molecules, some of which have application potential in natural product synthesis. He also conducted research in the field of environmentally friendly tin-free radical chemistry. The chemist also attracted attention with his original development of synthetic applications for the "TEMPO" radical and related nitroxides. In addition to his contributions to the chemistry of carbon radicals, he conceptually explored new approaches to the generation of silicon and nitrogen-centred radicals. In recent years, Armido Studer has been working on the use of the electron as a catalyst. Water activation and heteroarene functionalization are further topics that are currently addressed in the Studer laboratory.
The "Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards" are presented by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and are named after the renowned organic chemist Arthur Cope (1909 to 1966). They serve to "recognise and promote outstanding achievements in organic chemistry". Every year, the ACS awards ten scientists in three different categories: Early Career Scholars, Mid Career Scholars and Late Career Scholars.