9th EYEC Scientific Commission

Jozsef Kupai, PhD

Jozsef Kupai from the Faculty of Chemical and Bioengineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics defended his PhD thesis ’Synthesis and application of chiral 18-crown-6 ethers containing a pyridine subunit’ in 2012 at the Faculty of Chemical and Bioengineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Since 2016 he is employed as an Assistant Professor at Deparment of Organic Chemistry and Technology.

He was a principal investigator (2013–2017) of the ‘ Synthesis and application of new thiourea, amide and sulfonamide type organocatalysts containing heterocycle subunits” National Research, Development and Innovation Office project financed by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This grant was received excellent (10/10) quailification by the reviewers. Since then he is focused on the synthesis, application and recovery of cinchona-based organocatalysts.

In 2016 Dr. Kupai worked as a visiting academic in School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester, UK in the laboratory of Professor Gyorgy Szekely.

Jozsef Kupai is the co-author of 27 publications in peer-reviewed international journals, and has recently (2018) been awarded the Bolyai Research Fellowship by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is a supervisor of 2 PhD students, 3 MSc and 7 BSc students and takes the Organic chemistry I and II lectures, practicals for foreign students at the university. 

Dr. Kupai is a Guest Editor of a Special Issue entitled ’Advances in Organocatalysts: Synthesis and Applications’ at the MDPI journal Materials, and Review Editor of the Separation Processes section of the journal Frontiers in Chemical Engineering. 

This year he won the prize for the best Hungarian article in the chemical field (the so-called Kisfaludy Prize) with his paper published in ACS Catalysis (IF=12.2).