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Bohlmann Lecture 2011

On October 14, 2011 the 2011 Bohlmann Lecture will take place at Technical University of Berlin. This year’s Bohlmann Lecture will be given by Professor Ei-ichi Negishi Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Organic Chemistry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN – on the topic of "Magical Power of d-Block Transition Metals – Pd-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling and ZACA Reaction."

Professor Ei-ichi Negishi was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling in the mid-1970s. Born in 1935, Negishi came to the United States in 1960 after graduating from the University of Tokyo. In 1962, while studying for his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, he met Purdue chemistry professor Herbert C. Brown—a pioneer in synthetic organic chemistry. With Brown as a mentor, Negishi arrived in West Lafayette as a postdoctoral researcher in 1966. He then moved to Syracuse University where he served as an assistant professor (1972-76) and associate professor (1976-79). Dr. Negishi joined the faculty at Purdue in 1979—the same year Brown was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry—and has been a researcher in this building for more than thirty years. In 1999, he was named the Inaugural Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Negishi has won many awards, authored several books, and published more than 400 research papers.

Professor Ei-ichi Negishi is a pioneer in developing metal-based reactions called palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling, that allow for easy and efficient synthesis of complex organic compounds. By creating a more precise method for coupling two different (or same) carbon groups, Dr. Negishi created a powerful tool for synthesizing a wide range of useful chemicals used in medicine, agriculture, and electronics.

He shares the 2010 Nobel Prize with Richard Heck of the University of Delaware and Akira Suzuki from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. Their methods are now widely used in industry and research in a variety of applications including: pharmaceutical antibiotics that work on drug resistant bacteria, agricultural chemicals that protect crops from fungi, and electronic light-emitting diodes used in the production of extremely thin monitors.

The Ernst Schering Foundation sponsors the lecture in order to strengthen the international networking among scientists and to make visible renowned experts as role models for young scientists. In addition, the lecture makes it possible for a broader, interested public to learn about the latest scientific findings. Following the Bohlmann Lecture, the 2010 Schering Prize, awarded by the Ernst Schering Foundation for the best dissertation in Berlin in the field of chemistry, will be given to Dr. Wei Jiang.

Bohlmann Lecture 2011 and Schering Prize 2010
October 14, 2011, 4 p.m.
Technical University of Berlin
Lecture Hall C 130 (old chemistry building)
Straße des 17. Juni 115
10623 Berlin