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03/14/13

Scientists of the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung visit Berlin

Scientists of the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung visit Berlin

 

For a couple of days the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung has moved from Mülheim an der Ruhr to Berlin: Many institute members visited the Chemiedozententagung of the GDCh and the Symposium of the “Angewandte Chemie” that took place in the Henry Ford Building of the Freie Universität. The scientists gave lectures, discussed with the 1500 other participants of the session or even received awards.

Horst Pracejus Prize for Benjamin List

The GDCh jury had selected Benjamin List as this year’s winner of the Horst Pracejus Prize. He got it for his outstanding achievements in the cross-disciplinary field of chirality. Professor Albrecht Berkessel from Cologne stated in his laudation that he recognizes parallels between List as the winner of the award on the one hand and Horst Pracejus as the namesake on the other. Both, the East German scientist Horst Pracejus and Benjamin List have worked on a certain area of organocatalysis at a time when it was absolutely unusual among chemists. “I’ve often wondered how Pracejus has felt”, said List, “Is your research really as visionary as you think or is it rather absurd?” You often have to wait for a long time to get an answer to this question. Therefore Pracejus is a hero in the eyes of Benjamin List. “I am really excited about the award.”

Manuel Alcarazo gives a special talk

Group Leader Manuel Alcarazo received an award as well: the annual ADUC prize for Habilitation candidates. His lecture which he gave on his topic “Design and Synthesis of strong π-Acceptor Ligands” was a special one for him. It was the first talk in German for the young chemist from Spain.

Alois Fürstner encourages young colleagues

Nobel Laureates like Roald Hoffmann or Ahmed Zewail, FAZ publisher Frank Schirrmacher and Harvard Professor George Whitesides: The “Angewandte Chemie” had some prominent speakers invited for the symposium. Prof. Alois Fürstner was one of the. In his lecture “Catalysis for Total Synthesis” Fürstner drew the approximately listeners into his spell. He animated especially the many young chemists in the hall to be courageous. Courageous enough to try their luck in Organic synthesis which is often considered a mature field. He reminded them vividly of the fact that there will be much to do in the future, e.g. in the field of iron catalysis.

The next Chemiedozententagung of the GDCh will be in Paderborn in March 2014.

(Picture: GDCh/Bernd Wannenmacher)