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05/16/13

The Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung honors an outstanding chemist: Dieter Enders is the new Karl Ziegler Guest Professor

The Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung honors an outstanding chemist: Dieter Enders is the new Karl Ziegler Guest Professor

With the traditional Lecture on Wednesday this year’s Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship has hit its peak. Prof. Benjamin List, managing director at the institute, handed over the precious document to Dieter Enders, professor at the RWTH Aachen.

Get in touch with the Guest Professor

But the scientists at the Kohlenforschung had many opportunities to get in touch with the Guest Professor, for example during a barbecue that was set up especially for PhD-students and Postdocs or in one-on-one interviews.

In his lecture “Organocatalysis – Vivat, Crescat, Floreat” Dieter Enders did not only describe the work of his group at the faculty in Aachen. He also talked about the part that Organocatalysis is playing in the wide field of Catalysis. He underlined that together with metal catalysis and biocatalysis this discipline pillars catalytic research. Especially when one has a look at asymmetric catalysis the importance of Organocatalysis becomes clear.

Mülheim and Aachen are closely connected

The awardee also underlined the close connection between the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung and the chemists at RWTH Aachen, for example via Walter Leitner, Professor at Aachen and external scientific member of the MPI.

And Dieter Enders himself has a very personal connection to the institute: Emil Fischer who is seen as one of the intellectual fathers of the institute, is one of Enders’ heroes. “He did pioneer work in many fields of chemistry. For example he was the first to recognize the field of asymmetric catalysis and to put it into words.”