UAA Dhirubhai Ambani award to Prof Robert H Grubs

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Mumbai June 18 (UNI) Nobel laureate Professor Robert H Grubbs was awarded the prestigious UAA Dhirubhai Ambani Lifetime Achievement Award by Reliance Industries Executive Director Nikhil R Meswani, at the University Institute of Chemical technology, here today.

Professor Grubbs is the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology, USA.

The award was instituted by the alumni association of the Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology, in association with Reliance Industries, in the memory of India's pioneering industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, to recognise innovation and outstanding contribution to chemical science globally. The award comprises of a citation plus USD 20,000. It is the highest award given by an Indian entity till date.

The honour has been bestowed upon Prof Grubbs, a Nobel laureate (Chemistry, 2005), for his innovative and outstanding contributions to science and engineering, having wide ramifications. His research in the area of design, synthesis and mechanistic studies of complexes, especially olefin metathesis reactions, have resulted into optimized and benign reaction conditions for the custom synthesis of valuable molecules in Biomedicines and polymers. His new catalysts, developed for metathesis, has already led to more efficient, less wasteful, simpler and environment friendly industrial and pharmaceutical synthesis methods.

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