MPI CEC honors Prof. Aiwen Lei from Wuhan University with Frontiers Award

The award ceremony was embedded in a symposium with short presentations and a lot of scientific exchange and discussions.

Prizewinner Aiwen Lei (right) with Director Siegfried R. Waldvogel

The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion proudly announces that the Frontiers Award 2024 has been awarded to Professor Aiwen Lei from Wuhan University. The award ceremony took place on Friday, May 17th, 2024, celebrating Prof. Lei's outstanding contributions to the field of synthetic organic chemistry.

Prof. Aiwen Lei has been a pivotal figure in advancing organic synthesis methodologies and catalysis. Since joining Wuhan University in 2005, he has led numerous groundbreaking research projects that have significantly impacted the chemical sciences. His research focuses on developing novel catalytic methodologies, particularly in C-H activation, transition metal catalysis, and electrochemical synthesis. These efforts often emphasize green and sustainable approaches to chemical transformations, addressing contemporary challenges in synthetic chemistry.

Prof. Lei's academic journey began with a B.S. in Chemistry Education from Huaibei Normal University in 1995, followed by a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the supervision of Prof. Xiyan Lu, in 2000. He then pursued postdoctoral research with Prof. Xumu Zhang at the Pennsylvania State University (2000-2003) and Prof. James P. Collman at Stanford University (2003-2005). These experiences laid a strong foundation for his future research endeavors.

Throughout his career, Prof. Lei has received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Eli Lilly Scientific Excellence Award in Chemistry and being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015. His prolific output includes over 300 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier scientific journals, with his work being widely cited and profoundly influencing the field of organic chemistry.

Prof. Lei's dedication extends beyond research to education and fostering international collaboration. He has mentored many graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, contributing to the development of future chemists. His active participation in collaborative projects with institutions worldwide underscores his commitment to promoting global scientific cooperation.

The Frontiers Award 2024 recognizes Prof. Lei's exceptional achievements and his innovative contributions to the field of chemistry. The award highlights his role as a pioneering scientist and his influence on advancing the frontiers of organic synthesis. His work continues to inspire and shape the future of chemical science, both in China and internationally.

The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion congratulates Prof. Aiwen Lei on this well-deserved honor and looks forward to the continued impact of his research on the scientific community.