We are excited to share with you that Professor Barry Sharpless, a Nobel Prize Laureate and Professor at The Scripps Research Institute, visited our Shanghai headquarters on April 8 and gave an inspiring scientific lecture. His visit was part of the 2015 Distinguished Lecture Series, an annual program at WuXi since 2007 that aims to train and inspire WuXi’s scientists to pursue scientific excellence.
Professor Sharpless won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2001 for his work on chirally catalysed oxidation reactions that now bear his name: Katsuki-Sharpless epoxidation, Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation, and Sharpless aminohydroxylation. Professor Sharpless is also well known for Click Chemistry, a term he coined in 1998, as an efficient and chemoselective synthetic method with broad applications in medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, chemical biology and materials science. His passion for science and his achievements will greatly inspire our 8,000 scientists, including 4,000 chemists, in their pursuit of innovation.