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chemistry professor

Francois Nico Diederich, Luxembourg chemistry professor. Achievements include research in synthetic host-guest chemistry; complexation of organic compounds in aqueous and organic solutions and in the solid state; hosts that catalyze and mimic the action of enzymes; hosts that complex enatioselectively; novel aromatic and heteroaromatic systems with material properties; molecular and polymeric carbon alltropes.

Background

Diederich, Francois Nico was born on July 9, 1952 in Ettelbruck, Luxemborg.

Education

Diploma in chemistry, University Heidelberg, 1977. Dr rer nat in chemistry, University Heidelberg, 1979. Dr hab in organic chemistry, 1985.

Career

Research fellow reactive intermediates, postdoctoral studies, department chemistry University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 1979-1981. Research associate Max Planck Institute Medical Research, Heidelberg, 1979, research associate host-guest chemical, department organic chemistry, 1981-1985. Associate professor, department chemistry and biochemistry University of California at Los Angeles, 1985-1989, professor organic chemistry, department chemistry and biochemistry, 1989-1992.

Professor organic chemistry Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Federal Institute of Technology, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, since 1992.

Achievements

  • Achievements include research in synthetic host-guest chemistry. Complexation of organic compounds in aqueous and organic solutions and in the solid state. Hosts that catalyze and mimic the action of enzymes.

    Hosts that complex enatioselectively. Novel aromatic and heteroaromatic systems with material properties. Molecular and polymeric carbon alltropes.

Membership

Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society German Chemists, Society German Naturalists & Physicians, American Chemical Society (Arthur C. Cope Scholar award, 1992, Ronald Breslow award for Achievement in Biometic Chemistry, 2007), New Swiss Chemical Society, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, American Academy Arts and Sciences (honorary member), Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Real Academia Española de Ciencias, Sigma Xi.

Connections

Married, 1975; 2 children.