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09/18/17

Nobel Laureate Robert Grubbs visited the Max-Planck-Institute für Kohlenforschung an gave a lecture

Nobel Laureate Robert Grubbs visited the Max-Planck-Institute für Kohlenforschung an gave a lecture

The US-american Chemist and Nobel Laureate Robert H. Grubbs visited the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and herewith returned to his former workplace where in 1975 he had stayed for six months as "visiting professor". Dr. Bill Morandi had invited Grubbs as he knew the 75-year-old professor from the California Institute of Technology where he worked as a post-Doc with Bob Grubbs. The Nobel Laureate had also been endowed with a Karl-Ziegler-Lecture in 1999 and therefore declared: "It seems to become a good use that I return to Mülheim every ten or twenty years to remember my research time here".

In his lecture entitled "Synthesis of large and small molecules using olefin metathesis" Robert Grubbs spoke about his research in the field of olefin metathesis that he had showed to be very useful for material sciences and pharmaceutical research. Grubbs received the Nobel Prize in 2005 for his research together with Yves Chauvin and Richard R. Schrock. Many students and visitors came to take part at the lecture and also learned aout Grubbs' interesting research in polymer chemistry.

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photo: Dr. Bill Morandi, Prof. Walter Thiel, Prof. Alois Fürstner, Prof. Tobias Ritter, Prof. Robert Grubbs, Prof. Ben List