MIT’s Prof. Klavs Jensen Wins IUPAC-ThalesNano International Prize For Outstanding Work In Flow Chemistry

IUPAC and ThalesNano have announced at the 2nd International Conference of the Flow Chemistry Society in Munich that the International Flow Chemistry Prize was awarded to Prof. Klavs Jensen, Warren K Lewis Professor and Department Head, Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. The prize was awarded in recognition of Prof. Jensen’s extensive activities and publications, which have made an outstanding contribution to the field of flow chemistry both in academia and industry.

During his acceptance speech, Prof. Jensen said: “Dr. Ferenc Darvas, thank you for this tremendous honor and for your leadership of the Flow Chemistry field. Also thank you to Prof. Droescher for supervising this special IUPAC prize. I would also like to thank my many colleagues in the flow chemistry and microreactor communities, my colleagues at MIT (Prof. Bawendi, Buchwald, and Jamison), and importantly, my students and postdocs. I have learnt a lot from everyone!”

Dr. Ferenc Darvas, President and Chairman of ThalesNano Inc., commented: “It’s a great honor for both ThalesNano and myself personally to be able to present this award to Prof. Jensen in recognition of such a talented scientist and contributor to the field flow of chemistry. It is my hope that this award will turn the face of the chemistry community in 2012 towards this interesting and elegant synthetic technique.”

Dr. Michael Droescher, Chairman of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry, added: “Congratulations to Prof. Jensen on this award. The dramatic impact of flow chemistry in recent years and decades deserves an acknowledgement from the IUPAC. As a respect for all the chemists’ work in this field, we are delighted to contribute to this prize hoping it will bring more attention towards such a valuable technique.”

About ThalesNano, Inc.:
ThalesNano is a world-leading provider of continuous process chemistry instruments in the rapidly developing market of laboratory and process scale flow reactors. The company has the widest portfolio of bench-top continuous process instruments. Its R&D 100 award winning H-Cube® continuous-flow hydrogenation reactor is used in hundreds of laboratories and has become the new industry standard for hydrogenation.

About IUPAC:
IUPAC was formed in 1919 by chemists from industry and academia. For over eight decades, the Union has succeeded in fostering worldwide communications in the chemical sciences and in uniting academic, industrial and public sector chemistry in a common language. Recently, IUPAC has been pro-active in establishing a wide range of conferences and projects designed to promote and stimulate modern developments in chemistry.

About the Flow Chemistry Society:
The Flow Chemistry Society was formed by internationally recognized flow chemistry experts in 2010 to unite and represent those who are actively working on this rapidly developing field. The Society is dedicated to enhancing the public appreciation of flow chemistry and its integration into everyday practice throughout the world by delivering the latest knowledge and making it available for the entire chemistry community.