This official biennial University event is intended to memorialize and honor both the outstanding scientific achievements of Professor Wilhelm Johann Schlenk (1879-1943), and his extraordinary civil courage in resisting Nazi initiatives in German academia. The Schlenk Lecture was initiated by the local Chemistry Department in 2011, in cooperation with BASF-SE. The ceremonial Lecture is coupled to a Guest Professorship sponsored by BASF. The awardee is selected for outstanding mechanistic work in the field of organometallic chemistry. Schlenk, as well as the individuals honored in his name, provide exemplary role models for both ambitious young colleagues and experienced practitioners of organometallic chemistry alike.
Biannually, the Schlenk-Lecture selection committee, chaired by Prof. Dr. Reiner Anwander, awards the Schlenk lectureship for outstanding research and contributions to the field of mechanistic metalorganic chemistry. The awardee is honored for his/her life's time achievement in order to set an example for the future generation of scientists pursuing research in this area.
For further information, see:
(1) T. T. Tidwell, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2001, 40, 331; Angew. Chem. 2001, 113, 343.
(2) D. Seyferth, Organometallics 2009, 28, 2.
(3) R. Anwander, Nachr. Chem. 2011, 59, 951.
(4) J. A. Gladysz, R. Anwander, Organometallics 2012, 31, 773.
A) “Trivalent carbon” tris(4-biphenylyl)methyl: isolation as a graphite-black single-crystalline material, a derivative of Gomberg`s triphenylmethan.
B) Elucidation of the radical nature of the ketyl radical formed from sodium and benzophenone (characteristic blue color), first prepared by Beckman and Paul.
C) Synthesis of disodium anthracene, probably the first metalorganic compound, which has been isolated in Schlenk´s laboratory.
D) Schlenk´s hydrocarbon: isolation of the first stable diradical.
E) and F) Methyllithium and Ethyllithium: synthesis and isolation of the simplest organolithium compounds.
G) Isolation of highly explosive sodium hydrazide.
H) and I) Metalation of hydrocarbons (here fluorene) by organolithium and -sodium compounds.
J) The “Schlenk equilibrium” prevailing among Grignard and Grignard-type reagents.
… “in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of early transition metal-catalyzed addition of amines to alkenes”
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
… “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of salt-free reduction of transition-metal complexes”
Osaka University, Japan
… „in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of organo-alkaline-earth-metal chemistry”
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
... „in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of titanium imide and hydrazide chemistry”
University of Oxford, UK
... “in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the copolymerization of functional monomers”
University of Tokyo, Japan
... „in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the chemistry of highly electrophilic boranes"
University of Calgary, Canada