C. Oliver Kappe
C. Oliver Kappe is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Graz (Austria), Key Researcher at the Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering (RCPE) and and Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received his diploma- (1989) and his doctoral (1992) degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Graz where he worked with Professor Gert Kollenz on cycloaddition and rearrangement reactions of acylketenes. After periods of postdoctoral research work on reactive intermediates and matrix isolation spectroscopy with Professor Curt Wentrup at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia (1993-1994) and on synthetic methodology/alkaloid synthesis with Professor Albert Padwa at Emory University in Atlanta, USA (1994-1996), he moved back to the University of Graz in 1996 to start his independent academic career. He obtained his "Habilitation" in 1998 in organic chemistry and was appointed Associate Professor in 1999. Since 2011 he holds the position of Professor of "Technology of Organic Synthesis" (Organische Synthesetechnologie) at the Instittue of Chemistry at the University of Graz. He has spent time as visiting scientist/professor at e.g. the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA, Professor K. Barry Sharpless, 2003), the Toyko Institute of Technology (Toyko, Japan, Professor T. Takahashi, 2008), the University of Sassari (Sassari, Italy, 2008), the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Orlando, USA, 2010) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, since 2013).
The co-author of ca. 350 publications, he is most well-known for his work in the field of microwave-assisted organic synthesis and continuous flow chemistry/microreactor technology. His research group is actively involved in projects dealing with API synthesis and manufacturing, employing a number of different enabling and process intensification technologies. For his innovative work in microwave chemistry he received the 2004 Prous Science Award from the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry and the 2010 Houska Prize (100.000 €) in addition to a number of other awards.
C. Oliver Kappe is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Flow Chemistry (Akadémiai Kiadó) and a board member of the Flow Chemistry Society. In addition he has been an Editor of the Journal QSAR and Combinatorial Sciences (Wiley-VCH, 2003-2007) and has served/serves on the Editorial/Advisory Boards of the Green Chemistry (RSC), Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry (ACS), Molecular Diversity (Springer), ChemMedChem and ChemSusChem (Wiley-VCH), Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry (Wiley-VCH) and a number of other journals.