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Dieter Enders, Professor for Organic Chemistry at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen and Leopoldina member, is awarded the Ryoji Noyori Prize 2014 of The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (SSOCJ). He receives this award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research in asymmetric synthetic chemistry.
Dieter Enders studied chemistry at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, earned his PhD in 1972 and his Habilitation for Organic Chemistry in 1979. After being Professor for Organic Chemistry in Bonn, he has been Professor and Director at the Institute for Organic Chemistry at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen since 1985.
Main objective of Enders’ research is the development of selective new methods in the area of asymmetric synthesis and their application in the synthesis of natural and bioactive compounds. He has synthesized, among others, pheromones, flavours, and carbohydrates. Another research field is the asymmetric transition metal catalysis and the development of new organocatalytic methods. Enders was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in 1993, in 2012 he received an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council ERC. Dieter Enders is a member of the Leopoldina in the chemistry section since 2007.