Floris Rutjes


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Short CV

Floris Rutjes (1966) obtained his MSc in chemistry at the University of Amsterdam, where he also received a PhD under supervision of Prof. Nico Speckamp in 1993. He then conducted post-doctoral research in the group of prof. K.C. Nicolaou (The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA), resulting in a total synthesis of the marine toxin brevetoxin B. In 1995, he was appointed assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam and four years later, he became full professor in synthetic organic chemistry at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Currently, he is also Director of the Educational Institute for Molecular Sciences. His research interests comprise the application of catalysis (both biocatalysis and transition metal catalysis) in the synthesis of biologically relevant molecules and natural products, the development of new molecular diagnostic tools for application in life sciences, and synthesis in microreactors. He has received several awards including the Unilever Research Prize (1988), the Gold Medal of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV, 2002) and the AstraZeneca award for research in organic chemistry (2003). He is co-founder of the companies Chiralix and FutureChemistry and last year received the award of ‘Most entrepreneurial scientist of the Netherlands 2008’.