Special Issue "Boron Chemistry and Its Development in the 21st Century: In Memory of Professor Bohumil Štíbr (1940-2020)"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: Chemistry and application of polyhedral boron hydrides, including boranes, carboranes, and metallacarboranes
Interests: Synthetic and structural chemistry of polyhedral boron cage biomolecules and nanostructured materials for cancer therapy, catalysis and extraction of radionuclides
Interests: Chemistry of boranes, carboranes and metallacatboranes; main focus on synthesis of derivatives designed as pharmacologically relevant enyzme inhibitors, polyhedral anions for extraction of radionuclides and chiral compounds
Prof. Dr. Bohumil Štíbr, born 15.07.1940 in Slaný, Czech Republic, is one of the most distinguished inorganic chemists who has made key contributions to the areas of boron chemistry. He graduated in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Pardubice in 1962, where he also pursued his PhD (= CSc.), finishing in 1968 with a first-class degree award. Simultaneous to his studies, he was also very active in the area of boron cluster chemistry at Řež. He has been employed at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (IIC) at Řež since 1962. He has been in charge of the IIC's boron group for ~25 years. In 1997 he defended his DrSc thesis. Essentially, he is employed in the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic as Leading Research Scientist. Over this whole period of time he was working in the area of cluster-boron chemistry. He is author/co-author of ~300 scientific papers in impacted journals and several book contributions, mostly in the area of carboranes, main-group heteroboranes, and macropolyhedral boranes. He participated in the invention of ~30 new parent (unsubstituted) carboranes. In 1995 he discovered a new genre of carborane compounds (11-vertex tricarbaboranes, so called tricarbollides). Recently, he was involved in the area of alkylation reactions in the ten-vertex borane and carborane series.
Prof. Dr. Štíbr has received several awards, including two medals of the University of Pardubice, two prizes of the Czech Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and the Alexander von Humboldt Prize (D, 2001). He has held several Visiting Professorships worldwide: University of California at LA, 6 months Research Fellow (1972); University of Leeds, UK, 6 months, Visiting Professor (1987); Institute of Materials, Bellaterra, Spain, 18 months, Visiting Professor (1995–6); and University of Bayreuth, D, Alex. von Humbolld Stifftung, 1 year, Visiting Professor (2001).
Molecules is pleased to announce a Special Issue honoring Bohumil Štíbr on the occasion of his 80th birthday for his outstanding achievements in boron chemistry. This Special Issue is dedicated to all aspects of boron chemistry, including cluster and inorganic boron chemistry (including boranes, carboranes, metallaboranes, metallacarboranes, aminoboranes, transition metal complexes of boron, etc.), organic and bioorganic boron chemistry (including boron-based Lewis acids, boronic acids and its complexes, benzoxaboroles, the application of boron reagents in organic synthesis), boron in materials (including polymers, dendrimers, ionic liquids, liquid crystals, hydrogen storage, catalysis, etc.), and boron in medicine (including boron neutron capture of cancer, carborane pharmacophores, boron-containing drugs, boronic acid-based sugar sensors, etc.).
It is a pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue; regular articles, communications, as well as reviews are all welcome.
Special Statement: This Issue and collection of articles are dedicated to the memory of the Prof. Dr. Bohumil Štíbr, who unfortunately passed away on January 7th 2020, soon before he could reach the age of 80. Bohumil was among the founding fathers of boroh hydride chemistry in the Czech Republic, and was responsible for many important developments in the field. The following articles are a celebration of Bohumil's great efforts. May he rest in peace.
Prof. Dr. Igor B. Sivaev
Prof. Dr. Narayan S. Hosmane
Dr. Bohumír Grűner
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- Transition metal–boron complexes
- Boron-based Lewis acids
- Boronic acids
- Boron-based materials
- Boron-based drugs
- Boron neutron capture therapy