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[cancelled] Breaking the Wall to Sustainable Chemical Production

Falling Walls Foundation | Benjamin List

Unfortunately the conversation with Benjamin List is cancelled on short notice. Be apologise for the inconvenience! 

Catalysts are substances that accelerate reactions without being used up or becoming part of the final product. A fundamental tool for chemists, they are used in various fields of research, ranging from material science to drug discovery. It was long thought that there were only two types of catalysts in principle: metals and enzymes.

However, in 2000, Benjamin List, director at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, showed that small, organic molecules called organocatalysts can act as a third type. For his groundbreaking work on asymmetric organocatalysis, List received the 2021 Nobel Prize for Chemistry alongside British chemist David MacMillan.

At Falling Walls, List will explain how this novel chemical process can be used to create molecules that can serve various purposes, such as making lightweight running shoes or inhibiting the progress of disease in the body, while being simple, green and cheap at the same time.

LIVE EVENT; AVAILABLE VIA LIVESTREAM AND ATTENDANCE FOR SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS in the Lecture Hall. Radialsystem, Ground Fl.

About the Venue
Radialsystem – Lecture Hall
Holzmarktstraße 33
Berlin, 10243 Germany

Benjamin List

Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

Benjamin List, (born January 11, 1968, Frankfurt am Main) a German chemist who was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on asymmetric organocatalysis. He shared the prize with British chemist David MacMillan. List received a degree in chemistry from the Free University of Berlin in 1993 and a doctorate in the same subject from the Goethe University of Frankfurt in 1997. That year he started a postdoctoral fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. He became an assistant professor there in 1998 and returned to Germany in 2003 to become a research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, and in 2005 he became director at the institute.

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