Prof. White has made pioneering contributions to the development of catalysts for selective allylic and aliphatic C—H oxidations that proceed without the requirement for substrate directing groups. Such reactions were previously considered not possible outside enzymatic catalysis. She elucidated that C—H bonds can be distinguished based on their electronic, steric and stereoelectronic properties and that site-selectivity can be altered by modifying the catalyst. The late-stage functionalization strategy that emerged from her work is an intensely studied frontier in the chemical and pharmaceutical sciences.
The Mitsui Catalyst Award recognizes exceptional contributions made to the area of catalysis science. A commemorative lecture will be given by Professor White at the “8th CSJ Chemistry Festa 2018” in Tokyo, Japan on October 23, 2018 where she will be presented with the award.
On receiving the award Professor White remarked, “It is a great honor to be recognized by the Mitsui Catalyst Award selection committee and be considered in the group of previous winners, many of whom are giants in the chemical sciences. I am most grateful to the talented group of students that I have had the privilege of working with, and whose hard work and dedication have made this award possible.”
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