Zoltán Novák performed his scientific studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest under the supervision of Professor András Kotschy and obtained his MSc. degree in 1999, and received his Ph.D. in 2004. In 2004, he joined the group of Professor Brian M. Stoltz at the California Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral researcher. After returning to Hungary in 2005, he continued his postdoc research at Eötvös University. In 2007, he started his independent research career at the Institute of Chemistry at Eötvös Loránd University, where he is currently an associate professor and the Research Director of the Institute of Chemistry.