Dutch Design & Synthesis guest lectures: Prof. Joost Reek


As part of our Dutch Design & Synthesis program, Syncom has been hosting lectures of renowned Dutch researchers. Today Prof. Joost Reek from University of Amsterdam gave a lecture entitled “Supramolecular approaches in transition metal catalysis; from concepts to applications”. Prof. Reek’s research provides a fast and convenient method for screening metal catalyzed reactions of industrial relevance by the use of molecular self-assembly for the optimization of the catalyst profile.

Prof. Joost Reek finished his masters at the University of Nijmegen in 1991 and received his PhD in 1996 at the same university. His research was done in the group of Prof. R.J.M. Nolte, were he acquired expertise in the field of supramolecular chemistry and synthesis. In January 1998 he became lecturer (senior lecturer in 2003) in the group of Prof. Van Leeuwen were he got experienced with transition metal catalysis. In this period he started his own successful new line of research on the border of transition metal catalysis and supramolecular chemistry, which has resulted in several patents, many papers in high impact journals and an appointment as full professor (chair supramolecular catalysis) at the University of Amsterdam in 2006.

Previous speakers included Prof. Roland Pieters (Utrecht University), Prof. Albert Schenning (Eindhoven University of Technology, TU/e), Prof. Adriaan Minnaard (University of Groningen), Prof. Romano Orru (VU University Amsterdam) and Prof. Jan van Maarseveen (University of Amsterdam).