University of Texas at Austin chemist wins Elias J. Corey award for his work in green chemistry

Oct. 27, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Michael Krische, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has won the Elias J. Corey Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for an outstanding original contribution to organic synthesis by a young investigator.

His award will be presented at the ACS National Meeting in March 2007.

Krische received the honor for his original research in the field of “green” chemistry. His research focuses on using hydrogen gas and a metal catalyst to combine two unlike organic molecules into one more complex molecule without producing byproducts or waste. He seeks to have this process adopted broadly in the synthesis of medicines.

Krische obtained his doctor’s degree at Stanford University in 1999. He engaged in postdoctoral studies under Nobel Laureate Jean-Marie Lehn at the Universite Louis Pasteur, where he was granted the title of Maître de Conference, Collége de France. Krische also has been recognized as a Fulbright Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar and Cottrell Scholar. He joined The University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in fall 1999 and was promoted to professor in fall 2004.

The Elias J. Corey Award was established by the ACS Board of Directors in 2002 to recognize original and insightful work by a young investigator who has had significant impact on the field of synthetic organic chemistry, especially concerning the synthesis of products and molecules with medicinal importance or discoveries that have a broad utility. The award is supported by the Pfizer Endowment Fund, which was funded by Pfizer, Inc.

For more information contact: Lee Clippard, College of Natural Sciences, 512-232-0675.