FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 27, 2018

American Chemical Society names Erick M. Carreira, ETH Zürich, as new editor-in-chief of Organic Letters

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2018 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) today named Erick M. Carreira, Ph.D., of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zürich) as the next editor-in-chief of Organic Letters. The journal is the Society’s high-impact communications publication for the field of organic chemistry. Carreira will take over leadership in early 2019 of the distinguished peer-reviewed journal, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Carreira joined the faculty of ETH Zürich in the department of chemistry and applied biosciences in 1998, where he serves as a full professor of organic chemistry. His research focuses on a wide range of themes at the heart of organic chemistry, including the asymmetric synthesis of biologically active, stereochemically complex natural products.

“It is a great honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to serve ACS and the community of organic chemists at large as editor-in-chief of Organic Letters,” says Carreira. “The journal facilitates the rapid sharing of exciting, cutting-edge research in the fast-paced world we live in. Organic chemistry is a discipline that continues to evolve in dazzling new directions; it is an endeavor that constantly strives to remake itself as new challenges arise. I look forward to engaging the community of scientists, young and old, unseasoned and experienced, as well as industrial and academic researchers, teachers and students, to ensure Organic Letters remains central to their love for science.”

Organic Letters published its first official issue in 1999 with the mission of publishing brief reports on cutting-edge research, creative approaches and innovative ideas in the fields of organic chemistry, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, and natural products isolation and synthesis. Carreira has been involved with the journal since its inception, first as an editorial advisory board member and then as an associate editor in 2000. In addition, he has authored more than 60 papers published in Organic Letters, including a paper published in the journal’s very first issue.

Carreira will succeed Amos B. Smith III, Ph.D.,  who is the journal’s inaugural editor-in-chief. Smith is the Rhodes-Thompson professor of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and a leader in the field of organic chemistry, particularly in the total synthesis of complex natural products.

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Erick Carreira in his new role as editor-in-chief of Organic Letters,” says James Milne, Ph.D., senior vice president, Journals Publishing Group at ACS Publications. “Professor Carreira’s extensive editorial and publishing experience with the journal, as well as his scientific expertise in the areas of organic synthesis and natural products, will ensure the journal continues to develop and be held in the highest regard over the years ahead. ACS would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to Professor Amos Smith. As the inaugural editor of the journal, he has set the bar for exceptional author service and the exceptional quality of published work. His commitment to the journal over the past two decades has resulted in Organic Letters being truly the most impactful journal for organic chemistry researchers globally. That’s no small feat.”

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