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06/03/13

Alois Fürstner receives the Karl Ziegler Prize of the GDCh

Alois Fürstner receives the Karl Ziegler Prize of the GDCh

Prof. Dr. Alois Fürstner, director at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, will receive this year’s Karl Ziegler Prize of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh). The ceremony will take place at the Wissenschaftsforum Chemie in Darmstadt in September.

According to the GCDh Alois Fürstner is the perfect awardee because he is among the most renowned organic and metal-organic chemists with an international standing.

The GDCh states that he earned his reputation especially in the field of catalysis. Alois Fürstner was the first chemist to find the enormous potential of the metathesis to display ring molecules of different sizes – a method that was seen as utterly impossible in the 1990s.

Fürstner used the Ring Closing Metathesis of Alkenes and Alkines to display natural products in a masterly way. Furthermore he is one of the pioneers of Platinum, Gold and Iron Catalysis. With his metal-organic studies he helped chemists to understand mechanism of reactions.

The GDCh underlines that Alois Fürstner is often cited by colleagues, that he is a sought-after lecturer and an appreciated advisor. 

The Karl Ziegler Prize is endowed with 50.000 Euro and comes with a Gold medal. It is among the most renowned awards for chemists in Germany. Prof. Manfred Reetz, former director at the institute, also received it.