Chemistry professor M. Christina White and graduate student Jinpeng Zhao developed a new catalyst that has the potential to advance the pace and efficiency of drug development.
- Professor M. Christina White is the 2019 winner of the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, one of the American Chemical Society’s highest National Awards. Prof. White joins a very impressive list of previous awardees, including Illinois faculty Nelson Leonard and Scott Denmark, and Nobelists such as R.B. Woodward and K. Barry Sharpless, who represent the most prominent researchers in organic synthesis since 1957. Prof. White is also the first woman to join this rarefied club of award winners.
- 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.
- Recent work from the White Group on a new manganese catalyzed benzylic C—H amination for late-stage C—H functionalization was published in Nature Chemistry last week and was also highlighted in C&E News on Monday, May 8th.
- Thomas Osberger (White group) and Andy Thomas (Denmark group) are finalists for the 2017 Reaxys PhD Prize.
- Chemists led by University of Illinois professor M. Christina White and graduate student Thomas Osberger found that two small-molecule iron catalysts can oxidize chiral amino acids and peptides to an array of unnatural forms, giving researchers more options for developing drug candidates.
- Christina White's group developed a new catalyst based on the metal Manganese that is both highly reactive and highly selectiveChemists have long believed that inserting nitrogen – a beneficial ingredient for making many pharmaceuticals and other biologically active molecules – into a carbon-hydrogen bond requires a trade-off between catalyst reactivity and selectivity.
- The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry of Japan honors Christina White by her selection as a 2016 Mukaiyama Award winner.
- Research from Christina White's research group, including the development of a new catalyst that will help streamline the drug-discovery process, has been highlighted in numerous campus and scientific publications.
- Professor of Chemistry Christina White has been recently recognized by two of the most prestigious international chemistry societies-- the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society.
- Professor Christina White along with members of her research group were recently featured in Chemical and Engineering News for their discovery of a small-molecule iron catalyst which has unusual reactivity previously only seen in nature.
- Dr. White and group's research into a C-H oxidative macrolactonization approach reviewed by multiple sources has been reviewed and highlighted by:
- Mark Chen, a fourth year graduate student in the White Group , has recently been awarded the 2008 Excellence in Chemistry Award from Roche Pharmaceuticals.
- Professor Christina White has won the Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant in Synthetic Organic Chemistry for 2008-2009.
- Christina White, in addition to the numerous industrial awards recently announced - the Pfizer Award for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, the Bristol Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, the AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award, a 2008 Amgen Young Investigator Award, and the Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals New Investigator Award, has just received an Abbott Young Investigator Award (2008).