Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BSc, MSc Lomonosov Moscow State University; PhD Charles University in Prague/IOCB Prague
Research Areas: Catalysis, natural product synthesis, medicinal chemistry, nucleic acids chemistry
Dr. Amatov was born in Kyrgyzstan and studied chemistry at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, where he obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry. Afterward, he went to Prague, Czech Republic, for his Ph.D. studies at Charles University and IOCB Prague with Dr. Ullrich Jahn. There he developed radical methodologies for the synthesis of complex natural products. He later moved to Germany and worked with Professor Thomas Carell at LMU Munich in the field of origin of life research. In Munich, he also collaborated with Professor Hendrik Zipse on his findings during his Ph.D. training to uncover a unique homolytic bond activation mechanism by amide bond geometry distortion. Currently, Dr. Amatov is working at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, with Professor Benjamin List in the field of asymmetric organocatalysis.
Dr. Amatov's research at NYUAD will focus on catalysis in a broad sense. His team seeks to discover and develop new sustainable methods and processes and enabling molecular technologies for applications in natural product synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and chemical biology.