Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Benjamin List receives Lieben Lectureship Award


Last Thursday the University of Vienna had the honour of welcoming Benjamin List, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2021, for a lecture in the Faculty of Chemistry’s Carl Auer von Welsbach Lecture Hall. Rector Sebastian Schütze spoke the opening words of this event centred around Benjamin List receiving the Adolf Lieben Lectureship 2022 (GÖCH, University of Vienna, TU Wien).

In addition to a large number of students, many members of other faculties and Austrian research institutions did not want to miss out on the chance of listening to Benjamin List’s engaging talk on "Universal Organocatalysts for a Better World".

Driving forces of modern synthetic organic chemistry

Benjamin List’s presentation detailed the development of his Nobel Prize-awarded work in the area of organocatalysis, from its infancy into the present day. The audience was shown how the fundamental idea that the three-dimensional structure of organic molecules can facilitate the selective synthesis of new compounds evolved into one of the main driving forces of modern synthetic organic chemistry.

The following reception, during which countless students took the opportunity of engaging Benjamin List in stimulating discussions, and a separate meeting between the Nobel Laureate and a group of young scientists, once again highlighted the vitality and vibrance of (organic) chemistry in the Vienna area.

Benjamin List is the Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, and was honoured with the Chemistry Nobel prize for his discoveries in the field of chemical catalysis. (© Nicolas Gillaizeau-Simonian/Maulide Group)

Benjamin List and Rector Sebastian Schütze, University of Vienna (© Nuno Maulide/Maulide Group)

Benjamin List received the "Adolf Lieben Lectureship 2022", handed over by the Heads of the GÖCH AG Organische Chemie Nuno Maulide (r.) and Michael Schnürch (© Nicolas Gillaizeau-Simonian/Maulide Group)