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Professor Walter Baratta wins Solvias Ligand Contest

(PresseBox) (Basel, ) The jury of the annual Solvias Ligand Contest awarded the 2008 prize to Professor Walter Baratta on November 18 at the Congress Center in Basel. Professor Baratta, of the Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche, Università di Udine (Italy), has done pioneering work on the application of Solvias ligands in the area of asymmetric catalysis.

The Solvias Ligand Contest challenges researchers all over the world to submit new and improved applications of Solvias ligands and catalysts. To pick the winner, the jury assesses the novelty, scientific rigor and originality of the work submitted, as well as its practical applicability in organic synthesis.

Professor Baratta's winning paper Osmium and Ruthenium Complexes as Efficient Catalysts for the Asymmetric Reduction of Ketones received the following citation from the jury: "In recognition of the development of a remarkably efficient new class of catalysts based on Os-Josiphos complexes. The novel catalysts as well as the analogous Ru complexes exhibit very good enantioselectivities, very high turnover numbers and turnover frequencies for the hydrogenation of aromatic ketones. In addition there is potential for further development."

Professor Baratta's main scientific interest is organometallic chemistry, with a particular focus on the development of novel chiral transition metal complexes and their application in organic synthesis.

The awards ceremony and the presentation of the prize-winning contributions took place during the seventh Solvias Science Day. The event was attended by around 120 participants from academic and industrial laboratories in Europe.