Brian Stoltz

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Brian M. Stoltz
Born (1970-11-12) November 12, 1970 (age 49)
Alma materIndiana University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1993)
Yale (Ph.D., 1997)
AwardsFellow, AAAS
Scientific career
InstitutionsCalifornia Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorJohn L. Wood

Brian M. Stoltz is currently a professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.[1] The primary focus of his research is chemical synthesis with an emphasis on expanding the scope of allylic alkylation for the preparation of complex molecules possessing unique structural, biological, and physical properties. His research involves the total synthesis of natural products such as dragmacidin F[2] and (–)-cyanthiwigin F,[3] and development of synthetic reactions to access quaternary stereocenters.[4] Specifically, he has focused on the allylic alkylation of enolates, developing an enantioselective variant in 2004.[5]

Several former members of the Stoltz laboratory have gone on to start research groups of their own, such as Richmond Sarpong (UC-Berkeley), Uttam Tambar (UT-Southwestern Medical Center), Neil Garg (UCLA), Jeremy May (University of Houston), Eric Ferreira (University of Georgia), Hosea Nelson (UCLA) and Wen-Bo 'Boger' Liu (Wuhan Univ.).


Stoltz received his B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993. He went on to earn his Ph.D. at Yale University, where he studied organic chemistry under the supervision of John L. Wood, completing his studies in 1997.[6] Upon completion of his graduate work, he held a post-doctoral appointment in the laboratory of E. J. Corey at Harvard University from 1998 to 2000.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2002)[7]
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (2006)
  • Sackler Prize (2009)[8]
  • ACS E.J. Corey Award (2009)[9]
  • Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award (2010)[10]
  • Mukaiyama Award (2015)[11]


At present he is the associate editor for the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry.[12]


  1. ^ "Brian M. Stoltz". Archived from the original on July 9, 2015. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Garg, Neil K.; Caspi, Daniel D.; Stoltz, Brian M. (July 20, 2004). "The Total Synthesis of (+)-Dragmacidin F" (PDF). Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126 (31): 9552–9553. doi:10.1021/ja046695b. PMID 15291554.
  3. ^ Enquist, John A.; Stoltz, Brian M. (May 2, 2008). "The total synthesis of (-)-cyanthiwigin F by means of double catalytic enantioselective alkylation". Nature. 453 (7199): 1228–1231. Bibcode:2008Natur.453.1228E. doi:10.1038/nature07046. PMC 2474750. PMID 18580947.
  4. ^ "Press release: Potassium Salt Outperforms Precious Metals As a Catalyst | Caltech". The California Institute of Technology. February 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Stoltz, Brian; Behenna, Douglas (October 28, 2004). "The Enantioselective Tsuji Allylation" (PDF). J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126 (46): 15044–15045. doi:10.1021/ja044812x. PMID 15547998.
  6. ^ "Wood Group Doctoral Students Alumni". Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "NSF Award Recipient Details". Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  8. ^ "Past Laureates of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in the Physical Sciences".
  9. ^ "Elias J. Corey Award for Outstanding Original Contribution in Organic Synthesis by a Young Investigator". Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Alumnus Stoltz Honored with Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award". February 24, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  11. ^ "Brian Stoltz Receives 2015 Mukaiyama Award". October 1, 2014. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  12. ^ Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry Prof. Brian M. Stoltz

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