Chemistry Alumnus Awarded for Outstanding Contributions

Posted on 2/23/2009 12:04:11 PM

Dr. Brian Stoltz (B.S. ’93), the Ethel Wilson Bowles and Robert Bowles Professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology, has been awarded the Elias J. Corey Award for Outstanding Original Contribution in Organic Synthesis by a Young Investigator.

The Stoltz Group at Caltech is a major source of new strategies for synthesizing complex organic molecules with interesting and useful biological activities. The studies in Brian’s group have focused on three conceptual areas:

  1. advancing palladium-catalyzd oxidation reactions which don’t involve heteroatom transfer
  2. developing asymmetric alkylation and protonation technologies to synthesize quaternary and tertiary stereocenters
  3. inventing tandem reaction processes

Dr. Stoltz started his career in the Department of Chemistry under the direction of Dr. John Wood. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Yale in 1997 and became a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard from 1998 to 2000 in the group of E.J. Corey (1990 Nobel Laureate, Chemistry). He then moved to Caltech, where he won numerous awards, including the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Dr. Stoltz was also presented with a 2006 IUP Alumni Ambassador Award in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.