Shuttle Catalysis – a Conceptual Blueprint for Reversible Functional Group Transfer


Bill Morandi was born in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1983. He studied at the ETH Zurich from 2003 to 2008, earning a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Chemical Biology, working under the guidance of Prof. Peters, Prof. Diederich and Prof. Carreira. After performing his master thesis on the decarbonylation of aldehydes under the supervision of Prof. Carreira, he remained in the the Carreira Lab to perform his doctoral studies in organic synthesis. As a doctoral student supported by the Swiss Chemical Industry Funds, he developed new synthetic methodologies using in situ generated diazo compounds, enabling the safe use of these reagents in the preparation of important building blocks. In 2012, he moved to the California Institute of Technology to work under the guidance of Prof. Grubbs. As a SNSF postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, he initiated a new research program aiming to develop efficient and general catalytic oxidation reactions of internal alkenes, including the study of the effects determining the regioselectivity of this transformation. In 2014, Bill Morandi was awarded an independent Max Planck Research Group Leader Position by the Max Planck Society. He founded and led the "Homogeneous Catalysis and Reaction Design" group at the Max-​Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim/Ruhr from 2014-​2018. Since July 1st 2018, Bill Morandi is an associate Professor (with tenure) at the ETH Zürich where he holds a chair of synthetic organic chemistry in the Laboratorium für Organische Chemie (D-​CHAB). His independent research program targets the development of new concepts in catalysis to transform broadly available feedstocks, such as polyols and hydrocarbons, into valuable building blocks and polymers for applications in medicine and materials science.

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