Curriculum Vitæ

Education

2003 - 2009  Postdoctoral Fellow-ETH Zurich

1998 - 2003  Ph.D. - Weizmann Institute of Science

1992 - 1997  M.Sc. - Technical University of Denmark
 

Grants & Honors

2014 - Liebig College Visiting Professor

2010 - 2012 Chaya Chair

 

2019 - present  ISF Individual Research Grant (870/19)

2019  CHE-PBC Grant for a HRMS operator's salary

2019 - present MAFAT Research Grant 3

2018 - present KAMIN grant

2018  ISF Institutional grant for a HRMS (621/18)

2015 - 2019 ISF Individual Research Grant (1914/15)

2018 - 2019 MAFAT Research Grant 2

2016 - 2018 MAFAT Research Grant 1
2015 - 2016 MAFAT Research Grant

2011 - 2015 ISF Bikura Grant

2010 - 2015 ISF Individual Research Grant

2010 - ISF Young Faculty Equipment Grant

2010 - Germany Israel Foundation Young Investigator

Prof. Alex M. Szpilman, Ph.D.

Alex M. Szpilman grew up in Hillerød, Denmark.

He completed his M.Sc. at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) working on the total synthesis of Balanol with John Nielsen. His Ph.D. was carried out at the Weizmann Institute of Science, under the supervision of Professor Mario D. Bachi and concerned the total synthesis and mechanism of action of the antimalarial natural product Yingzhaosu A. Upon graduation Alex joined the group of Erick M. Carreira at the ETH as a Carlsberg Postdoctoral Fellow. Alex’s postdoctoral research focused on elucidating the mechanism of action of the clinically important antifungal agent Amphotericin B using Diverted Total Synthesis and Molecular Editing. 

In 2009 Alex started his independent academic career at the Technion. In 2016, Alex moved to Ariel University where he currently holds the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.

Alex's research programs include: a) New C-C, C-N and C-O forming reactions of Electrophilic Enolonium Species via Umpolung of Enolates using hypervalent iodine reagents,  b) Solar/Visible Light Mediated Synthetic Reactions, c) Nitroxide as catalysts and reagents. Additional research concerns energetic materials, hydrogen storage and the biological activity of natural products.

​Alex is an experienced consultant for the pharmaceutical industry and has served as an expert witness in international patent disputes.

Lectures

List of Invited Lectures:

  1. Technical University of Denmark, 13th of June 2002

  2. University of Zurich, Switzerland, 24th of October 2006

  3. Department of Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 25th of January 2007.

  4. Technion, Israel, 29th of January 2007.

  5. Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 30th of January 2007

  6. School of Pharmacy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 14th of October 2007

  7. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel 22nd of October 2007

  8. Faculty of Life Sciences, Copenhagen University, Denmark, 29th of April 2008

  9. Bar Ilan University, Israel, 27th of May 2009

  10. Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1st of November 2009

  11. Israel Institute for Biological Research, 22nd June 2010

  12. Technical University of Denmark (DTU), 11. August 2010

  13. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 3. January 2011

  14. The 71st meeting of the Israeli Chemical Society, Tel Aviv, Israel, 7. February 2012. InvitedLecture

  15. 4th Young Investigator Workshop, EuCheMs-Organic Division 23-25, Vienna August 2012, Invited as Israeli representative

  16. Tel Aviv University, Israel 2013

  17. Bar Ilan University, Israel 2013

  18. Symposium in Honor of Prof. Erick M. Carreira, 5 July 2013, Invited Lecture

  19. The 79st meeting of the Israeli Chemical Society, Tel Aviv, Israel, 4. February 2014 

  20. Aarhus University, Denmark, 25. March 2014

  21. DTU, Denmark, 26. March 2014

  22. U. Göttingen, Germany, 12. May 2014

  23. U. Münster, Germany, 15. May 2014

  24. U. Michigan Ann Arbor, 3. September USA 2014

  25. University of Utah, USA, 5. September 2014

  26. UC Santa Cruz, USA, 8. September 2014

  27. UC Berkeley, USA, 10. September 2014

  28. Justus Liebigs University Gieβen, 19.September 2014

  29. Weizmann Institute of Science, 28. October 2014

  30. Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel, 24. November 2014

  31. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 7. December 2014

  32. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 7. December 2014

  33. Minisymposium at Teva TAPI, Israel, 19. February 2015

  34. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 21. May 2015

  35. RWTH Aachen, Germany, 22. May 2015

  36. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, School of Pharmacy, 31. May 2015

  37. Ariel University, 7. June 2015

  38. Tel Aviv University, 25. October 2015

  39. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 2. November 2015

  40. Tianjin University Symposium on Directions in Modern Health Science, Tianjin University China, 22-25 November 2015

  41. Bar Ilan University, 9. December 2015

  42. Queen's University Belfast, UK December 2015

  43. EPFL, Switzerland, 9. May 2016

  44. Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, 7. July 2016

  45. Ariel University, Israel 17. January 2018.

  46. Tel Aviv University, Israel 28. October 2018.

  47. University of Alicante, Spain, 6. June 2019

  48. Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, 3. December 2019

  49. Institute of Chemistry, Hebrew University, Israel, 16. January 2020

Contributed lectures at conferences

  1. The 224th meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, USA, 2002

  2.  The 71st meeting of the Israeli Chemical Society, Tel Aviv, Israel, February 2006

  3. The 224th meeting of the American Chemical Society in Phildelphia, USA, 19. of August 2008.

  4. 4th EuCheMs Conference, Prague 26-30. August 2012

  5. EuChems Conference on Organic Free Radicals, Prague 29. June- 4. July 2014

  6. 5th International Conference on Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry (ICHIC 2016), Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 3-6/7-2016

  7. International Symposium on Synthesis and Catalysis, Evora, Portugal, 4-8/9-2017

  8. The 83rd meeting of the Israeli Chemical Society, Tel Aviv, Israel, February 2018

  9. EuCHeMS conference on Organic Free Radicals June 17-20, 2018, Marseille, France

  10. 6th International Conference on Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry (ICHIC 2018), July 1-4, 2018, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

  11. 21st European Symposium on Organic Chemistry, Vienna, Austria, 14-18/7-2019

  12. International Symposium on Synthesis and Catalysis, Evora, Portugal, 3-6/9-2019

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