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An alumnus who studied here with Jack Lewis, one of the pioneers of modern inorganic chemistry, came back to the department in late February to give the annual Lewis Lectures.

Lutz Gade is now a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Heidelberg University and a director of its Institute for Inorganic Chemistry.

He studied for his PhD here in the late 1980s with Lord Lewis, a highly renowned chemist who helped to pioneer the development of modern inorganic chemistry.

Jack Lewis 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.

Professor Gade, who works in the field of enantioselective catalysis, gave two Lewis Lectures here. The first was on Tuesday 27th February, the second on Thursday 1st March, both open to anyone who wished to attend.

His talks were:

  • 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"