Location：Conference Room of Basic Energy Sciences Building
Time：2013.10.23 (Wednesday) 2:00 p.m.
Lecturer：Prof. Matthias Beller
Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse an der Universität Rostock, Germany
Despite numerous important methodological advancements in all areas of chemistry, still most organic synthesis as well as the industrial production of chemicals can be improved. Currently, more than 80% of all products of the chemical industry are made via catalysis. In this regard, the development of new and more efficient catalysts constitutes a key factor for achieving a sustainable production of all kinds of chemicals today and in the future. Here, several major challenges will be presented in the talk; e.g. the use of mixtures for the synthesis of bulk chemicals. Furthermore, it will be shown that recently developed molecular-defined as well as nano-structured cobalt and iron catalysts enable us to perform catalytic hydrogenation processes with high yields and unprecedented selectivity. Specific examples which demonstrate the potential of catalytic processes with bio-relevant metal complexes compared to more traditional catalytic reactions will include hydrogenations and dehydrogenations as well as applications in the energy sector. In the future, also for industrial processes improved economics based on the presented novel catalysts might be expected.
Matthias Beller, born 1962 in Gudensberg, studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he completed his PhD thesis in 1989 in the group of Prof. Tietze. As recipient of a Liebig scholarship, he then spent a one-year in the group of Prof. Sharpless at the MIT. From 1991 to 1995, Beller was an employee of Hoechst AG in Frankfurt, where he directed the "Homogeneous Catalysis" project in the company's central research unit. In 1996 he moved to the Technical University of München as C3 Professor for Inorganic Chemistry. In 1998 he relocated to the University of Rostock to head the Institute for Organic Catalysis (IfOK). Since 2006 Matthias Beller is director of the newly formed Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis.
His scientific work has been so far (June 2013) published in around 600 original publications and review articles. In addition, >90 patent applications have been filed in the last decade.
Matthias Beller has received several awards such as the Otto-Roelen Medal (1997), the Merck-Frost-Lectureship (2002), the Novartis-Chemistry-Lectureship (2002), the Degussa-Lecturer (2003), the Novo Nordisk-Lecturer (2005), and in 2006 the Leibniz-Price of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. In 2006 he was also awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” of the city of Rostock and he received the German Federal Cross of Merit. In 2010, he received the first “European price for Sustainable Chemistry” and the “Paul-Rylander Award” of the Organic Reaction Catalysis Society of the US. In 2011, Matthias Beller was the GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable Lecturer of the American Chemical Society and in April 2012 he received the Gay-Lussac-Alexander-von-Humboldt-Prize of the French Academy of Sciences and the BASF-Lecture award at Scripps Institute, La Jolla (California).
Matthias Beller is head of the German Chemical Society working group “Sustainable Chemistry” and a member of the Association for Technical Sciences of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, the Academy of Science of Hamburg, and the German National Academia of Science “Leopoldina”.
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