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09/20/13

Alois Fürstner gives the “Hermanos Elhuyar-Hans Goldschmidt” Lecture of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain

Alois Fürstner gives the “Hermanos Elhuyar-Hans Goldschmidt” Lecture of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain

The German Chemical Society has set up bilateral agreements with partner societies across Europe. Every year or every two years both societies honor an excellent chemist with a special lecture in the other country. These lectures are considered special award for distinguished scientists.

Prof. Alois Fürstner, director at the Max Planck Institute für Kohlenforschung and head of the Department of Organometallic Chemistry, has now given the “Hermanos Elhuyar-Hans Goldschmidt” Lecture of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain. During  the 34th Biennial Meeting of the Spanish Society in Santander, he talked about "Catalysis for Total Synthesis."

The lecture is named after the brothers Elhuyar and Hans Goldschmidt, chemists from Spain and Germany. Fausto and Juan José Elhuyar discovered tungsten in 1783. Hans Goldschmidt, a student of Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, is the inventor of thermite welding, where aluminum is used to reduce iron oxide to iron.