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06/09/16

Alois Fürstner hands out honoring to Karl Ziegler Guest Professor Erick Carreira: Public lecture on „small molecules“ lured big professional audience into the Max- Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

Alois Fürstner hands out honoring to Karl Ziegler Guest Professor Erick Carreira: 
Public lecture on „small molecules“ lured big professional audience into the Max-
Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
The public lecture of Karl-Ziegler Guest professor Erick M. Carreira attracted numerous guests from connected universities, interested public and scientists of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung. The grand lecture hall was well filled and the audience listened to the professor of ETH Zurich who introduced interesting results of his research work on “Small Molecules” in which partly also today's employees of the institute were involved.
 
In his introduction Prof. Alois Fürstner, the Managing Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung put a focus on the name giver of the prize, Karl Ziegler, and described his most important research contributions. Karl Ziegler was a chemist, a Nobel Prize laureate, passionate art collector and Director at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung. The listeners found out that Ziegler had made his probably best known invention, a new class of catalysts for the Polymerization of Ethylene, by chance. This discovery revolutionized the industrial production of plastics. It was so outstanding that Ziegler was granted the Nobel Prize and the patent income brought financial independence to the Institute for about four decades.  The Karl-Ziegler-Lecture was initiated in 1978 in order to commemorate Karl Ziegler and to honor outstanding scientists. The Karl Ziegler Guest Professors give lectures and interact with the scientists from Mulheim. 28 scientists have been selected up to this year.
 
The honoring of Professor Erick Carreira as Karl Ziegler Guest Professor was due to his important contributions in the area of Organic Synthesis, Metal-organic Chemistry and Medical Chemistry, Alois Fürstner explained. In his speech Fürstner presented Carreira as a researcher with model character who had received many international honoring for his work. Moreover, he had formed numerous young scientists who have smashed, in the meantime, themselves very successful careers. Carreira depicted in his talk "Surprises and Discoveries with Small Molecules" research results concerning the development of stereoselective synthesis methods and her use on structurally complicated and biologically active natural materials as well as pharmaceutical active substances. He also put a stress on his good contacts with researchers of the Mulheim institute who had partially worked in Zurich with him, like postal doctoral fellow James Hamilton, group leader Bill Morandi and Director Tobias Ritter.
 
A good tradition within the Karl Ziegler Lecture: the reception in the house ZENIT 
 
After the Lecture, a reception in house ZENIT, the former guest house of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, took place. On the terrace Alois Fürstner handed Carreira in memory of the stay as a Karl Ziegler Guest Professor a rare illustrated book about Stiftung Sammlung Ziegler in the Mulheim art museum. The professor had visited the collection the afternoon. The next day a third lecture on total synthesis accomplished the lectureship as well as office hours for the students.