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07/06/17

Professor Alois Fürstner hands out honoring to Karl Ziegler Guest Professor Amir Hoveyda: Public lecture on „Increasing Challenges in Catalytic Chemistry“

Professor Alois Fürstner hands out honoring to Karl Ziegler Guest Professor Amir Hoveyda: Public lecture on „Increasing Challenges in Catalytic Chemistry“

The public lecture with the honoring of Karl Ziegler Guest Professor 2017, Amir H. Hoveyda from Boston College, USA took place on July 5 at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung. The Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship is endowed with 5000 Euro and was bestowed upon Professor Hoveyda for his outstanding contributions to stereo selective synthesis and olefin metathesis.

Professor Alois Fürstner, Managing Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung handed out the honoring while numerous scientists and guests from universities and institutes were attending the lecture. He congratulated Hoveyda for his long term successful career that comprises the development of new catalysts and their application in synthesis of natural products and agents. Fürstner also introduced the life and work of Karl Ziegler, former Institutes’ Director and Nobel prizewinner. In his speech, he mentioned Ziegler’s‘ best known invention, the polymerization of ethylene or propylene by so-called “Ziegler-catalysts”, and also presented the “Aufbaureaktion”.

Amir Hoveyda talked in his main lecture about “Increasing challenges in catalytic chemistry”. He showed that today catalysts have to fulfill an increasing amount of requirements regarding for example selectivity, efficiency, sustainability, and gave examples from his research area “olefin metathesis”. 

About Amir Hoveyda

Professor Amir Hoveyda is an expert of Organic and Organometallic Chemistry. He designs and develops new catalysts for chemical synthesis that serve for the production of biological and medical substances in an enantiomerically pure form. He works as a full professor at Boston College, USA and is honorary Professor at Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) in Haifa, Israel.
A lot of prestigious prizes have been awarded to Amir Hoveyda in his long-lasting career such as the Cope Scholar Award and the Award for Creative Work in Organic Synthesis, both from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Also the highly estimated ENI Award (Italy) and the Yamada Koga Prize (Japan) were bestowed upon him.

Ziegler Lectures

Karl Ziegler was a chemist, a Nobel Prize laureate, passionate art collector and Director at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung from 1943 to 1969. Karl Ziegler’s wife Maria and his daughter Marianne initiated the Ziegler Lectures in 1978 in order to commemorate Karl Ziegler and to honor outstanding scientists. It was the year of his 80th birthday which he did not live to see. The Karl Ziegler Guest Professors give lectures and interact with the scientists from Mülheim. Amir Hoveyda ist the 29th Karl Ziegler Guest Professor of the Max-Planck-Instituts für Kohlenforschung.

A good tradition within the Karl Ziegler Lecture: the reception in the house “Urge”

After the Lecture, the scientists of the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung and their guests had the opportunity to continue their conversation during a reception at the former guest house of the institute, the House “Urge”.