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Alumnus returns to give annual Lewis Lectures

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A professor of inorganic chemistry who studied for his PhD here with Professor Jack Lewis in the late 1980s is returning to the department next month to give the annual Lewis Lectures.

The late Lord Lewis, a highly renowned chemist who helped to pioneer the development of modern inorganic chemistry, was a Professor of Chemistry here from 1970, and a Professor Emeritus from 1995. He is credited with being one of the small group of scientists who led the expansion of inorganic chemistry from its renaissance in the mid-1950s through the syntheses and study of new transition-metal and organometallic complexes. He died in 2014 and the annual Lewis Lectures in the department take place in his memory.

This year they will be given by Lutz Gade, a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Heidelberg University and a director of its Institute for Inorganic Chemistry. Professor Gade works in the field of enantioselective catalysis.

He will be in Cambridge to give his talks on Tuesday 27th February and Thursday 1st March in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, both starting at 2pm. The lectures are open to anyone who would like to attend.

His talks will be as follows:

  • Tuesday 27th February:  "Identification of Active Species and Mechanistic Pathways in the Enantioselective Catalysis with 3d Transition Metal Pincer Complexes"
  • Thursday 1st March: "Perylene-Based Poly(N-Heterocycles): Organic Semiconductors, Biological Fluorescence Probes and Building Blocks for Molecular Surface Networks"