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Kyoko Nozaki from University of Tokyo is Karl-Ziegler-Lecturer 2018 and visits the Institute from October 29 to 31

Kyoko Nozaki from University of Tokyo is Karl-Ziegler-Lecturer 2018 and visits the Institute from October 29 to 31

This year, the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung awards its highest scientific award, the Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship, to Kyoko Nozaki from the University of Tokyo. The renowned chemistry professor will visit the Mülheim Research Institute from 29 to 31 October to give three lectures and exchange ideas with the scientists. In the long tradition of Karl-Ziegler lectures, Kyoko Nozaki is already the 30th outstanding scientist, but the first woman the institute has been able to win as a Karl-Ziegler guest professor. Her research focuses on organic chemistry, materials science and polymer chemistry. Kyoko Nozaki and her team are working to discover, develop and understand new reactions in which homogeneous catalysis is used. The Japanese scientist has published many important contributions to her research and has been awarded numerous prizes such as the Mukaiyama Award of the Japanese Society for Synthetic Organic Chemistry or the Arthur K. Doolittle Award of the American Chemical Society.

"Kyoko Nozaki receives our Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship 2018 for her outstanding contributions to methods of homogeneous catalysis in synthetic chemistry and her research in polymer chemistry," explains Professor Tobias Ritter. "We are very much looking forward to the visit and the talks with Mrs. Nozaki, which are a highlight in our annual scientific program," said Ritter.

Kyoko Nozaki's public lecture with an introduction by Professor Tobias Ritter will take place on Monday, October 29 at 4 pm in the Grand Lecture Hall of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Entrance Lembkestraße 7. Under the title "Coordination copolymerization of propylene with polar monomers", Kyoko Nozaki will speak about the challenges of copolymerizing olefins with polar monomers to synthesize functional polyolefins.

About the Karl-Ziegler Visiting Professorship

The Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship, endowed with 5,000 euros, is named after the chemist and Nobel Prize winner Karl Ziegler, who is an honorary citizen of the city of Mülheim an der Ruhr. Ziegler was director of the MPI für Kohlenforschung from 1943 to 1969 and made outstanding scientific discoveries during his lifetime. His work on a new class of catalysts for the polymerization of ethylene and propylene became extremely important. His research was of outstanding importance for the industrial production of plastics and Karl Ziegler was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1963.

The Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship was established by his wife and daughter after Ziegler's death. It has been held at regular intervals since 1978 and is intended to preserve the memory of the exceptional Mülheim scientist by inviting scientists from all over the world to guest lectures at Ziegler's place of work. Kyoko Nozaki is the 30th laureate.

About the laureate Kyoko Nozaki

Kyoko Nozaki was born in Japan in 1964 and studied Industrial Chemistry at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Kyoto. She went to Berkeley University as an exchange student and did research with Professor Clayton H. Heathcock. Kyoko Nozaki received her doctorate from the University of Kyoto in 1991 under Professor Kiitiro Utimoto and then began her independent scientific career as a lecturer at the University of Kyoto. In 1999 she became an Associate Professor there. In 2003, Kyoko Nozaki moved to Tokyo University as a professor, where she still heads the Chemistry and Biotechnology Department today. The 54-year-old is a member and consultant in many scientific committees and has been awarded many renowned chemistry prizes and name lectures in Japan and internationally.