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2022 Prize Recipient


Frank Glorius

Professor of Chemistry
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Frank Glorius was born in 1972 in Germany. From 1992-1997 he studied chemistry at the University of Hannover, Germany. In 1995/1996 he performed some research studies in the group of Prof. Paul A. Wender at Stanford University, USA. His diploma thesis (1997) was completed through a collaboration in the groups of Prof. Andreas Pfaltz (Max-Planck-Institut (MPI) für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim/Ruhr) and Prof. H. Martin R. Hoffmann (University of Hannover). Between 1997-2000, he worked towards his Ph.D. in the group of Prof. Andreas Pfaltz (University of Basel & MPI für Kohlenforschung) which he received with summa cum laude. In 2000/2001 moved to Harvard University where he joined the group of Prof. David A. Evans as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2001 he started his independent research career at the MPI für Kohlenforschung in collaboration with Prof. Alois Fürstner. In 2004 Frank Glorius became a C3-Professor for Organic Chemistry at the University of Marburg. Since 2007 he has been Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.


Frank Glorius has published close to 400 scientific articles, is an inventor on 13 patents and has been the recipient of several national and international awards and recognitions such as Elected Member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina (2021), Mitsui Catalysis Award (2020), Otto-Roelen-Medal (DECHEMA & German Catalysis Society, 2020), Gay-Lussac Humboldt Award (France, 2019), Merck, Sharp & Dohme Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, 2018), Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society (ACS, 2018), Mukaiyama Award of The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (SSOCJ, 2017), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Award (2013).


He has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world and is a scientific advisory board member for Symrise AG and of Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. (LIKAT). Furthermore, he serves as series editor of Topics in Organometallic Chemistry (Springer) and as a member of the advisory boards of Chemical Science, ChemPhotoChem, Helvetica Chimica, Acta, Organic Chemistry Frontiers, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis.


Beyond his outstanding scientific contributions Frank Glorius is also an excellent academic teacher and mentor for 52 Diploma and MSc theses, for 70 doctoral students (50 completed dissertations), 40 postdocs and for 2 Habilitations. 38 former coworkers have become Professors and all others started an industrial career.

Frank Glorius

"Paul Janssen was a true pioneer, and it is a great honor for me to receive this award and join the prestigious and impressive list of previous winners!

Chemical research and organic synthesis are not only essential for the prosperity of our modern society, but also offer exciting opportunities for creativity. We are all molecular artists!"


Frank Glorius
Last updated: March 2022


2022 – PROF F. Glorius Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Münster – Germany
2020 - PROF P. S. Baran Scripps Research Institute, USA
2018 - PROF. F. D. Toste UC Berkeley, USA
2016 - PROF. D. MacMillan Princeton University, USA
2014 - PROF. J.F Hartwig UC Berkeley, USA
2012 - PROF. I. Marek Technion, Israel
2010 - PROF. E. Jacobsen Harvard University, USA
2008 - PROF. A. Fürstner Max-Planck-Institut, Germany
2004 - PROF. P. Knochel Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Germany
2002 - PROF. D. Boger Scripps Research Institute, USA
2000 - PROF. F. Diederich ETH Zurich, Switzerland
1998 - PROF. D. P. Curran University of Pittsburgh, USA
1996 - PROF. S. V. Ley Cambridge, UK
1994 - PROF. K. C. Nicolaou The Scripps Research Institute and University of California at San Diego, USA
1992 - PROF. P. D. Magnus Texas University, USA
1990 - PROF. B. M. Trost Stanford University, USA
1988 - PROF. J. Baldwin Oxford University, UK
1986 - PROF. K. B. Sharpless Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA