WASHINGTON, November 11, 2014 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) announces that Kai Rossen, Ph.D., will assume the role of editor-in-chief of Organic Process Research & Development (OPR&D), effective January 2015. Rossen, group leader at Sanofi in Frankfurt, Germany, has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of OPR&D since 2010.
Rossen will succeed Trevor Laird, Ph.D., who has served as the inaugural editor-in-chief of the journal since its launch in 1997. Laird, owner and founder of Scientific Update LLP, will assist with the transition and remain with the journal in his current role through the end of 2014.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Rossen in his new role as editor-in-chief of OPR&D. Dr. Rossen’s broad perspective of the pharmaceutical industry, coupled with his interest in sustainable chemistry, will ensure the journal continues to grow to meet the needs of the process chemistry community,” says Susan King, senior vice president of the Journals Publishing Group at ACS.
Rossen received his Diplom-Chemiker from the University of Düsseldorf and a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from Cornell University. After holding positions at Bayer, Merck and Degussa, Rossen accepted a position at Sanofi in 2005, where he is currently group leader. In addition to the laboratory groups he leads, Rossen is responsible for representing Sanofi in global green chemistry networks, and he serves as the sponsor for Ph.D. theses supported by Sanofi. An inventor on 46 patents, Rossen has authored research articles in leading ACS journals, including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organic Letters, Organic Process Research & Development and The Journal of Organic Chemistry.
According to Rossen, “The needs of readers must define a publication for it to be successful. The world of the pharmaceutical industry has dramatically changed over the last years. Therefore, for OPR&D to continue to be successful, it will be necessary to expand the journal scope beyond the traditional target audience of chemists and engineers in the pharmaceutical industry.”
OPR&D is a trusted resource for research in the broad field of process chemistry, with a unique focus on the development and optimization of chemical reactions and processes and their scale-up, spanning organic chemistry, catalysis, analytical chemistry and chemical engineering.
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