Catalytic prize

Stephen Buchwald, the Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the 2015 recipient of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences. The award was given in recognition of his "development of catalytic routes based on palladium and copper to construct carbon-nitrogen and carbon-carbon bonds." Such catalysts have a large impact on the efficient synthesis of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. The award comes with a €400 000 (more than $450 000) prize.