Professor MARIS TURKS
Lecture Topic: SULFUR DIOXIDE: USEFUL REAGENT AND SOLVENT IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY







Professional experience:
05.2012- Full professor, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
06.2010- Director of the Institute of Technology of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of
Materials Science and Applied Chemistry, Riga Technical University, Riga,
Latvia
06.2007-05.2012 Associate professor, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
12.2006-06.2007 Docent, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
12.2005-12.2006 SNSF Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University, California, USA,
with Prof. Barry M. Trost
02.2005-11.2005 Postdoctoral assistant, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
(EPFL), Switzerland, with Prof. Pierre Vogel
2001-2004 Teaching assistant, organic chemistry, EPFL, Switzerland
1995-2000 Assistant, Faculty of Chemistry, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia

Other activities:
06.2015- Deputy Editor of Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds
01.2015- Member of the Scientific Council at Riga Technical University (RTU)
04.2014- Member of the Professor Council for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
at RTU
06.2013- Member of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics expert panel at the
Latvian Council of Science
2012-2014 Member of RTU Senate, Chair of the Science Commission of RTU Senate
10.2012- Latvian representative at the Division of Organic Chemistry,
European Association for Chemical and Molecular sciences
02.2010- Member of the Promotion Council P-01 at RTU
10.2011- Member of the Editorial Board of Scientific Journal of RTU: Materials
Sciences and Applied Chemistry

Awards and scholarships:
The Latvian Academy of Sciences Gustavs Vanags Prize (in Chemistry), 2016
Full Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, 2014
Corresponding Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, 2011
Riga Technical University Young Scientist of the Year 2010
Swiss NSF Fellowship for prospective researchers 12.2005-12.2006 for postdoctoral studies at
Stanford University
Invitation to “Roche Symposium for leading chemists of the next decade”, Basel, Switzerland,
October 20-22, 2004.
Thieme Poster Prize at International Conference on Organic Synthesis BOS2004 [Balticum
Organicum Syntheticum], Riga, Latvia, June 27 - July 1, 2004.
Scholarship from The Danish Rectors’ Conference for project in organic chemistry at University
of Aarhus, Denmark, 2000.
Prize for young scientists from Latvian Academy of Sciences, 1999 and 2001.

Curriculum vitae