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08/11/14

New Special Edition of "Angewandte Chemie" for the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung

New Special Edition of

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung celebrates 100 years of excellence in catalysis research. The institute was opened in 1914 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. Catalytic processes that are used worldwide have been developed there; a special issue of Angewandte Chemie now showcases the institute’s history and current topics.
 
The issue is introduced with an editorial by Benjamin List, Managing Director of the Institute, who discusses some of the success stories of the Institute, including the Fischer−Tropsch synthesis, Ziegler's use of organometallic catalysts in the polymerization of olefins, which earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963 (with G. Natta), as well as Zosel's procedure for the decaffeination of coffee, and Wilke's nickel-catalyzed trimerization of butadiene.

He also outlines the reasons behind the success of the institute, namely the recruitment of outstanding scientists, who are given as much freedom as possible for research, as well as trust-based rather than proposal-based research funding.
 
The issue also contains a comprehensive essay by Manfred T. Reetz, who traces the history of the Institute from its founding through the periods under the directorships of Franz Fischer, Karl Ziegler, Günther Wilke, and Manfred Reetz to the present day, where the institute is organized into five departments:
-          Organic Synthesis: Manfred T. Reetz
-          Homogeneous Catalysis: Benjamin List
-          Organometallic Chemistry: Alois Fürstner (Chairman of the Editorial Board of Angewandte Chemie), contributed an essay on catalysis for total synthesis
-          Heterogeneous Catalysis: Ferdi Schüth (Vice President of the Max Planck Society), contributed an essay on atomic-scale solid catalysts
-          and Theoretical Chemistry: Walter Thiel, contributed an essay on computational catalysis.
 
The issue is complemented by original research communications by members of the institute, scientists personally connected to the MPI and other renowned experts in the field. It is free to read for anyone at

http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/anie.v53.33

for two months.