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11/15/12

Passionate, curious, courageous: Matthias Beller is the new Karl Ziegler Guest Professor

Passionate, curious, courageous: Matthias Beller is the new Karl Ziegler Guest Professor

 

How should a chemist do his work? If you ask Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller, the new Karl Ziegler Guest Professor at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, he should be able to see further than the end of his nose, be up to start something new and willing to take his chance.

In his main lecture Matthias Beller told the audience - approximately 200 people – about his work at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock. Among other things Beller and his group work on energy conversion and energy storage, as the sufficient and sustainable supply of energy remains one if not the most important challenge for our future.

But Matthias Beller did not only talk about his work. He made clear what you need to be successful as a chemist: passion for your research, curiosity and the courage to try new pathways.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller is the 25th Karl Ziegler Guest Professor. He stayed in Mülheim for three days, gave lectures and talked to the scientists. Especially for the PhD-students and the Post-Doctoral fellows it was a great opportunity to see their chemistry in another light, as Beller and his group work in Applied Science.

Chemists are not only keen on laboratories. This applies to Matthias Beller, expert on J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as on Karl Ziegler. Ziegler and his wife Maria startet to collect paintings from Expressionism and classical Modernism in the late 1950s. Later the Nobel prize winner donated this collection to the city of Mülheim. Nowadays it is one of the most important art collections of the area. To learn a bit more about the life of Karl Ziegler Matthias Beller went to visit the collection in the Mülheim Art Museum.

Karl Ziegler’s wife Maria and his daughter Marianne initiated the Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship in 1978 in order to commemorate Karl Ziegler and to honour outstanding scientists. Up to this year 24 scientists were selected. The Guest Professorship is endowed with 5000 Euro.

(The picture shows Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller (left) with Prof. Dr. Benjamin List during the ceremony. Photo: Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung)