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Stuttgart – Professor Rubén Martín of the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ, Spain) and Professor David A. Nicewicz of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) have joined the SYNLETT editorial board. Published by Georg Thieme Verlag, SYNLETT offers chemists a publishing platform, with a strong focus on those just starting their professional careers. With Professors Martín and Nicewicz, the editorial board is glad to welcome two young and innovative new members.

Professor Rubén Martín sees organic synthesis’ greatest challenge in providing creative solutions to challenging problems while making them look easy. On the SYNLETT editorial board, he and Professor Nicewicz will be responsible for selecting groundbreaking papers for publication as SYNLETT Letters that meet these demands.

Over six months ago, the SYNLETT review process was extended to also include “crowd review”, for which article submissions are made available simultaneously to a selected group of experienced chemists who respond swiftly with their expert opinions. “This could be the future of peer review,” Professor Nicewicz comments on the new process. As a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, Professor Nicewicz pioneered the use of ruthenium photoredox catalysis in combination with chiral amine organocatalysis to develop a general method for enantioselective aldehyde alkylation.

His research lab at the University of North Carolina, established in 2009, focuses on the development of new chemical reaction mechanisms based on organic photoredox catalysis. Professor Nicewicz has received a number of research awards, including the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, the Amgen Young Investigator Award, and the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. In 2012, he was a winner of the Thieme Chemistry Journals Award.

Among Professor Rubén Martín’s most important scientific achievements has been the ability to promote C–C bond-forming reactions via catalytic fixation of CO2 into organic matter en route to carboxylic acids. He received his PhD from the University of Barcelona before taking postdoctoral positions at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (Max-Planck-Institut for Coal Research), Mülheim and der Ruhr (Germany), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). In January 2008, he returned to his native Spain, where he holds a professorship at the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ). For his research, he received the Ramon y Cajal Award, the Sigma Aldrich RSEQ Young Research Investigator Award, and the OMCOS Award. He was also a winner of the Thieme Chemistry Journals Award in 2011. Together with Professor Nicewicz he is looking forward to contributing to the future development of SYNLETT.

SYNLETT reports the latest scientific developments in chemical synthesis. All published content is selected, reviewed, and edited by an editorial team of internationally renowned experts and scientific editors from Thieme. The subscription journal is published 20 times per year by Georg Thieme Verlag in printed and electronic format. Prior to print publication, the electronic version can be accessed online via Thieme E-Books & E-Journals, Thieme Group’s digital book and journal portal, which also includes primary research data. In 2015, Thieme introduced the annual SYNLETT Best Paper Award for the best article publication of the year. For more information on SYNLETT, please visit https://www.thieme.de/de/synlett/journal-information-55964.htm.

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