Although many people may not remember the name, they probably read about one of his works two years ago. Lechoslaw Latos-Grazynski is one of the creators of the aromatic Möbius molecule that either has two sides or just one – depending on the position of two rings in the center of the molecule. The molecule in question was a modified porphyrin, and porphyrines are still the speciality of this chemist. Latos-Grazynski is the head of Porphyrin Chemistry Research at University of Wrocław in Poland.
The Möbius molecule wasn’t his only remarkable creation. On his homepage one finds a list of strange, porphyrine-based structures that range from giant porphyrines that form figure-eights instead of rings to metalloporphyrins with metals in rather unexpected places. His group uses magnetic resonance spectroscopy methods to study those and other interesting molecules and complexes.
Latos-Grazynski received the award of the Foundation for the Polish Science in 1998 and the Humboldt Research Award in 2005. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and Macroheterocycles.