C. Oliver Kappe is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Graz (Austria) and Scientific Director of the Center for Continuous Flow Synthesis and Processing (CC FLOW) at the Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH (RCPE).
He received his PhD (1992) in organic chemistry from the University of Graz with Gert Kollenz on cycloaddition and rearrangement reactions of acylketenes. After postdoctoral research with Curt Wentrup at the University of Queensland in Brisbane,Australia (1993-1994) and Albert Padwa at Emory University in Atlanta, USA (1994-1996), he moved back to the University of Graz in 1996. Since 2011 he is Professor for „Technology of Organic Synthesis“ at the Institute of Chemistry at the University of Graz. Professor Kappe has a 25 year track record in synthetic and physical organic chemistry, process intensification using batch microwave technology and flow chemistry/microreaction technology, communicated in ~400 scientific publications.
For the past decade his research has been directed towards flow chemistry/microreaction technology, API synthesis, and manufacturing employing a number of different enabling and process intensification technologies. He has received numerous wards and in 2018 received the IUPAC-ThalesNano Award in Flow Chemistry. He serves on a number of editorial boards and is the Founding Editor and current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Flow Chemistry (Springer) and a board member of the Flow Chemistry Society. For several years he has been teaching courses on flow chemistry for Scientific Update.