Jairton Dupont, one of the most influential scientists in the world, to be a visiting professor at the URV

The Brazilian chemist Jairton Dupont, one of the one hundred most influential scientists in the world according to the Web of Science, will be a visiting professor at the URV Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry for three months. His involvement with the university has included participation in discussions related to different catalysis projects and giving a seminar for students enrolled in the Master's in Synthesis and Catalysis program.

Professor Jairton Dupont (1958) works in the Molecular Catalysis Laboratory at the Institute of Chemistry of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. His visiting professorship at the URV Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry with the Homogenous Organometallic Catalysis group is jointly funded by the French scientific group CAPAS and AGAUR of the Government of Catalonia under the aegis of the visiting professor programme (PIV).

Jairton Dupont received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and his doctorate in organometals from the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France. He then did his postdoctoral work in asymmetrical synthesis at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. In 1990 he returned to Brazil where he continued his busy scientific career. Since 1992 he has been a lecturer of organic chemistry at the UFRGS.

His research has focused on organometallic chemistry, applied organic synthesis and biphase catalysis with an emphasis on asymmetrical synthesis and catalysis. He is the author of 190 articles in international journals, holder of three patents, and the author of nine chapters and one graduate textbook on organometallic chemistry. His works published from 1996 to 2000 have received over 10,000 citations and has given impetus to 16 doctoral theses. He has been a visiting professor at several different universities and has been recognized with important awards such as the Humboldt Young Research Award (Germany, 2005), the Scopus Award from Elsevier-CAPAS (2007), and the Brazilian Chemical Society Journal Medal this last year. In 2005 he was made a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

The URV Homogeneous Organometals and Catalysis group has worked jointly with the UFRGS in the past, and is currently planning a new project with Professor Dupont for 2012. In Tarragona, Dr. Dupont has also maintained scientific contacts with Professor Antoni Llobet's group at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ).