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07/21/14

Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung celebrates its 100th birthday

Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung celebrates its 100th birthday

In 1912 chemist and Nobel Prize winner Emil Fischer pondered that one should find a way to produce liquid fuels from solid fuel - gasoline from coal. With that consideration Fischer, who is considered as one of the founders of organic chemistry, set the corner stone of the former Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim/Ruhr. Two years later, in 1914, Franz Fischer started work as the founding director of the institute.

In over 100 years many things have happened in our institute,  that has been renamed to Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in 1949. Among other things, the Fischer–Tropsch synthesis has been developed here. The Institute has produced a Nobel Prize Winner: Karl Ziegler and his low-pressure polyethylene process in 1963. During the directorship of Günther Wilke research was marked by the flowering of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. Since 1993, the Institute is headed by a five-member Board.

The institute celebrates the anniversary with a Ceremony and Scientific Symposium on Sunday, 24th of August.