Porfessor Buchwald stands between a man and a woman, receiving an award.

Buchwald named the recipient of the 2018 Karl Wamsler Innovation Award

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This award, presented by the Technical University of Munich and Clariant Specialty Chemicals, is given in recognition of excellence in the field of catalysis.

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Clariant Specialty Chemicals have presented the 2018 Dr. Karl Wamsler Award to Stephen L. Buchwald, the Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry. The Karl Wamsler Award is given annually to promote excellent performance in the field of catalysis, including bio-catalysis and White Biotechnology.

“The catalytic process developed by Stephen L. Buchwald and John F. Hartwig has had a lasting impact on pharmaceutical chemistry in particular,” said Professor Wolfgang A. Herrmann, President of TUM. “I am delighted [to acknowledge] Professor Buchwald for this and other pioneering research achievements.”

This award is named after the late Dr. Karl Wamsler, one of the most important and formative figures in post-war German chemistry and  a generous patron of science and the arts. He was named an Honorary Senator of TUM in 2015, and passed away in 2016. The award was introduced in 2017 and carries a monetary award of €50,000.

“As a leading company in the field of specialty chemicals, we want to recognize important top researchers in the field of catalysis with this award. With Professor Buchwald, we are honoring an outstanding and prominent scientist who has made significant contributions to the further development of this field of work over the decades,” said Christian Kohlpaintner, a Clariant Executive Committee Member.

Research in the Buchwald Group combines elements of organic synthesis, physical organic chemistry and organometallic chemistry to devise catalytic processes of use in solving problems of fundamental importance.